History Main / NinetyPerCentOfYourBrain

22nd Apr '17 9:32:38 PM Theriocephalus
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This trope name comes from the oft-repeated but false assertion that humans only use 10 percent of their brains. In RealLife, we use ''all'' of our brains, just not all at the same time - in much the same way you don't have every electronic/mechanical item in your home running at all times; you only turn things on when you need to use them. If you ever do find yourself with every part of your brain "on" at once, congratulations, ''you're having a seizure!'' [[note]]More precisely, seizures occur because parts of the brain start firing off randomly. In some general seizures, the entire brain can have neuronal activity at once for brief moments.[[/note]]

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This trope name comes from the oft-repeated but false assertion that humans only use 10 percent of their brains. In RealLife, we use ''all'' of our brains, just not all at the same time - -- in much the same way you don't have every electronic/mechanical item in your home running at all times; you only turn things on when you need to use them. If you ever do find yourself with every part of your brain "on" at once, congratulations, ''you're having a seizure!'' [[note]]More precisely, seizures occur because parts of the brain start firing off randomly. In some general seizures, the entire brain can have neuronal activity at once for brief moments.[[/note]]
4th Apr '17 9:39:22 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* There are plenty of jokes referring to people ''[[InvertedTrope without any brain at all]]'' working as [[AcceptableProfessionalTargets politicians, lawyers, and the like]]. An old joke tells of a Brit, a Frenchman, and a German arguing whose medicine is better; the Brit mentions a man whose kidney was removed and he went back to work in three weeks, the Frenchman mentions a man whose lung was removed and he went back to work in two, and the German mentions a man whose brain was removed and he went on to ''[[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler lead the country]]'' within a week. Modern variants often replace the three with men from different states, the last one being a Texan talking about UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.

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* There are plenty of jokes referring to people ''[[InvertedTrope without any brain at all]]'' working as [[AcceptableProfessionalTargets politicians, lawyers, and the like]]. like]].
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An old joke tells of a Brit, a Frenchman, and a German arguing whose medicine is better; the Brit mentions a man whose kidney was removed and he went back to work in three weeks, the Frenchman mentions a man whose lung was removed and he went back to work in two, and the German mentions a man whose brain was removed and he went on to ''[[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler lead the country]]'' within a week. Modern variants often replace the three with men from different states, the last one being a Texan talking about UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
** A famous line from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' also riffs on this:
-->'''Dorothy:''' How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
-->'''Scarecrow:''' I don't know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?
31st Mar '17 3:44:35 PM FF32
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* At least in the film, this is stated in {{Akira}}, where everyone has powers but aren't always "activated". The Espers have medication that keep them under control to an extent, though poor Tetsuo doesn't, ultimately leading to his ultimate form, AGodAmI.

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* At least in the film, this is stated in {{Akira}}, Manga/{{Akira}}, where everyone has powers but aren't always "activated". The Espers have medication that keep them under control to an extent, though poor Tetsuo doesn't, ultimately leading to his ultimate form, AGodAmI.
12th Mar '17 2:01:06 PM Mineboot45
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* In ''Film/MyStepmotherIsAnAlien'' the alien Celeste explains that "We use 104% of our brain capacity, as opposed to your 36%."

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* In ''Film/MyStepmotherIsAnAlien'' ''My Stepmother Is An Alien'' the alien Celeste explains that "We use 104% of our brain capacity, as opposed to your 36%."
25th Jan '17 11:50:31 PM Gamermaster
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* Tooru brings this up during a conversation in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. [[PlayedForLaughs Note that Tooru is a dragon with almost zero understanding of human biology and she brought it up in response to seeing a magic trick]].

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* Tooru Tohru brings this up during a conversation in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. [[PlayedForLaughs Note that Tooru Tohru is a dragon with almost zero understanding of human biology and she brought it up in response to seeing a magic trick]].
20th Jan '17 6:19:19 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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** Spoofed in the Italian satirical comedy ''Film/ItalianoMedio'', itself based on a sketch by the same creators. A clever but insufferable man is convinced by his friend to take a pill that reduces his brain capacity to ''2%'', to make him complain less and enjoy life more.
15th Jan '17 6:50:56 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Tooru brings this up during a conversation in ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon''. [[PlayedForLaughs Note that Tooru is a dragon with almost zero understanding of human biology and she brought it up in response to seeing a magic trick]].

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* Tooru brings this up during a conversation in ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon''.''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. [[PlayedForLaughs Note that Tooru is a dragon with almost zero understanding of human biology and she brought it up in response to seeing a magic trick]].
28th Nov '16 8:25:52 PM newPS3D
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* At least in the film, this is stated in {{Akira}}, where everyone has powers but aren't always "activated". The Espers have medication that keep them under control to an extent, though poor Tetsuo doesn't, ultimately leading to his ultimate form, AGodAmI.
2nd Nov '16 10:09:51 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''{{Film/Lucy}}'' is playing it 100% dead straight, straighter than we've seen in a decade or two. Unlocking more and more takes her down the Jean Grey path of increasing mind powers. Using 100% of one's brain capacity leads to omniscience ''and'' omnipotence, making the title character practically a PhysicalGod. The trailer also features Morgan Freeman's character [[ArtisticLicenseBiology --said to be one of the world's top experts on the workings of the human brain-- repeating the misconception]]. According to WordOfGod, they were aware this is just a myth but chose to go with it anyway as a WhatIf.

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* ''{{Film/Lucy}}'' is playing it 100% dead straight, straighter than we've seen in a decade or two. Unlocking more and more takes her down the Jean Grey path of increasing mind powers. Using 100% of one's brain capacity leads to omniscience ''and'' omnipotence, making the title character practically a PhysicalGod. The trailer also features Morgan Freeman's character [[ArtisticLicenseBiology --said to be one of the world's top experts on the workings of the human brain-- repeating the misconception]]. According to WordOfGod, they were aware this is just a myth [[IMeantToDoThat but chose to go with it anyway as a a]] WhatIf.
24th Oct '16 9:37:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheOnion'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kdkFJa2VJM parodied]] the concept with a man who invented a device that lets him fire all his neurons at the same time. Every time he turns it on, he has a seizure.

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* ''TheOnion'' ''Website/TheOnion'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kdkFJa2VJM parodied]] the concept with a man who invented a device that lets him fire all his neurons at the same time. Every time he turns it on, he has a seizure.
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