Essay on Is It Or Lose It?

1220 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Use It or Lose It
The human brain is the most complex, fascinating, and mysterious thing in the universe, and it has been studied since ancient times. The aura of mystery surrounding it has led over time to several misconceptions including the percentage of the brain we use at any given time. Albeit there is no scientific evidence, the commonly held notion is that humans use only the ten percent of their brain is the most diffuse among neuromyths. The lesser know reality is that we have access to our full brain potential. Throughout human history, rumors and exaggerated stories spread like wildfire. They seem to be related to human fears, and the collective effort to manage them. The fallacies involved are Irrational Appeal to Common Belief, Irrational Appeal to Authority, Unwarranted Assumption, Oversimplification, and Hasty Conclusion.
The belief people use only ten percent of their brains on a daily basis is widely diffuse. According to an online survey, sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, almost 65 percent of Americans believe this statement is true ("New Survey”). The belief’s origins are unsure, but it seems to be the result of the misinterpretation of scientists’ theories about the unexpressed human potential. It has been attributed to William James, who stated in his dissertation The Energies of Men, "We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources" (James 12). One of the earliest sources could be,…

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