Re: FW: virus: Does God really exist?/Telepathy

David McFadzean (
Sat, 24 Aug 1996 18:20:46 -0600

At 10:13 AM 23/08/96 -0500, ken sartor wrote:

>I wonder about this comment that we don't know what the brain is
>doing. I think most of the 'unknown' capabilities are performing
>mundane manager tasks, running the body. Conscious thinking is
>small fraction of the whole job. (I never could figure out where
>the phrase originated, you know something like "people only use
>10% of their brains". Who made the measurements, and how?)

I read somewhere that the story behind this is that some researcher
showed that only 10% of the neurons in our brain are firing at any
given time, and the statistic has been quoted out of context ever
since. If anything close to 100% of someone's neurons fired at
once they would have a massive epileptic fit.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus