Re: virus: Fwd: FW: Using Our Brains (those that have one);-)

Tim Rhodes (
Thu, 25 Sep 1997 10:06:07 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 24 Sep 1997, David McFadzean wrote:

> I read about this in one of William Calvin's books. Some neurologist
> determined experimentally that roughly 10% of our neurons are firing
> at any given time. Then some idiot who has never heard of epilepsy
> came across the research and thought, "wouldn't it be great if we
> could use all our neurons all the time?!". Sadly, as is often the case,
> the mistaken meme took on a life of its own[1]. Did you know the Inuits
> have over 400 words for "snow"?
> [1] Sad only for people who care about truth. :-)

Okay, this may be one of those times when we see if what we know about
memes is worth a damn (at this point):

Can we construct our own urban legend that counters and debunks this one
and assemble it in such a way as to make it at least as successful, if not
moreso, than the "10% of our brains" meme?

An important test, I would think, for those people who care about the
truth. :-)

-Prof. Tim