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17th Aug '16 9:17:26 AM Daedalis
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* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' explains its magical naming system by drawing a line between the waking mind and the sleeping mind, with the sleeping mind being more powerful and more knowledgeable but difficult to access.
30th Jul '16 6:19:00 PM WillKeaton
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** Later, in [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2106 the main strip]], an Immortal starts telling a series of BlatantLies in order to demonstrate to a confused gryphon that Immortals are capable of lying. This is one of them.

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** Later, in [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2106 the main strip]], strip,]] an Immortal starts telling a series of BlatantLies in order to demonstrate to a confused gryphon that Immortals are capable of lying. This is one of them.
30th Jul '16 6:17:20 PM WillKeaton
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* In the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''All-Consuming Fire'', a character with psychic abilities (pyrokinesis, specifically) is discovered to have suffered a major head trauma that destroyed a large chunk of his brain. Bernice mentions the 90% thing, and speculates that the man's brain, in the course of rerouting around the damage, started using a previously unused part of the brain and activated the pyrokinesis.

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* In the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New Adventures]] novel ''All-Consuming Fire'', a character with psychic abilities (pyrokinesis, specifically) is discovered to have suffered a major head trauma that destroyed a large chunk of his brain. Bernice mentions the 90% thing, and speculates that the man's brain, in the course of rerouting around the damage, started using a previously unused part of the brain and activated the pyrokinesis.
24th Jul '16 6:17:27 AM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* When one member of Belinda's medical staff mentions this myth in [[http://www.legostargalactica.net/2016/07/24/07242016/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica'', she answers by delivering an [[BerserkButton angry rant]]. (The comic's author once was a neuroscientist himself, so this is quite understandably a PetPeeve of him.)

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* When one member of Belinda's medical staff mentions this myth in [[http://www.legostargalactica.net/2016/07/24/07242016/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica'', she answers by delivering an [[BerserkButton angry rant]]. (The comic's author once was a neuroscientist himself, so this is quite understandably a PetPeeve pet peeve of him.)
24th Jul '16 6:16:37 AM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* When one member of Belinda's medical staff mentions this myth in [[http://www.legostargalactica.net/2016/07/24/07242016/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica'', she answers by delivering an [[BerserkButton angry rant]]. (The comic's author once was a neuroscientist himself, so this is quite understandably a PetPeeve of him.)
23rd Jul '16 6:20:43 PM Gamermaster
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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]].
24th Apr '16 8:12:03 PM easytorememberhandle
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* A ''ComicBooks/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' story by the same author (apparently Creator/GrantMorrison likes this one) revealed that millennia ago when man was still primitive, a group of White Martians came to Earth and deliberately tampered with their genetic code, reducing their brains and bodies to ten percent of their potential. Had the Martians not done this, it's implied that humans would be greater than the ''Kryptonians''.
14th Apr '16 7:22:32 AM DesertDragon
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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 the same time, 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 the same time, 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]]
14th Apr '16 7:19:46 AM DesertDragon
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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 that hitting a few specific notes on a piano can produce a beautiful symphony, as opposed to mashing them all at the same causing a crashing cacophony.

If you ever do find yourself with all the keys playing in your brain at the same time, 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]]

Or think of it this way: if a business (your brain) decided to dedicate all of its offices to sales (thinking), there would be no departments left to run the other important aspects of the business -- production, payroll, human resources, maintenance, etc. Do you want to concentrate on keeping your heart beating or maintaining your balance? Nice it's doing that, huh? You're using those parts, you just don't consciously do so.

The origin of the myth may not even have anything to do with these facts about actual brain activity. It may be a distorted version of the more plausible claim or guess that we only use a fraction of our total ''mental capacity'', ie. we could potentially learn things more effectively and stuff. Even in this context, the number "10%" is totally arbitrary, bordering on TwentyPercentMoreAwesome.

A variation of the trope related to the above idea but again exaggerated into nonsense is to claim that our brains are only using 10% of their potential power, much like how a car driving at a tenth of its top speed would still be using the entire engine. The problem is that there's no valid way yet discovered to quantify what a human brain's "full potential" might be.

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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 that hitting a few specific notes on a piano can produce a beautiful symphony, as opposed to mashing them you don't have every electronic/mechanical item in your home running at all at the same causing a crashing cacophony.

times; you only turn things on when you need to use them. If you ever do find yourself with all the keys playing in every part of your brain "on" at the same time, 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]]

Or think of it this way: if a business (your brain) decided to dedicate all of its offices to sales (thinking), there would be no departments left to run the other important aspects of the business -- production, payroll, human resources, maintenance, etc. Do you want to concentrate on keeping your heart beating or maintaining your balance? Nice it's doing that, huh? You're using those parts, you just don't consciously do so.

The origin of the myth may not even have anything to do with these facts about actual brain activity. It may be a distorted version of the more plausible claim or guess that we only use a fraction of our total ''mental capacity'', ie. we could potentially learn things more effectively and stuff. Even in this context, the number "10%" is totally completely arbitrary, bordering on TwentyPercentMoreAwesome.

A variation of the trope related to the above idea but again exaggerated into nonsense is to claim that our brains are only using 10% of their potential power, much like how a car driving at a tenth of its top speed would still be using the entire engine. The problem is that there's no valid way yet discovered to quantify what a human brain's "full potential" might be.
TwentyPercentMoreAwesome.
10th Apr '16 11:53:01 PM Kytseo
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does this, but with the chi-like chakra instead of brainpower. Rock Lee's ace in the hole is the ability to open various chakra gates that act like dams for the stuff, with opening enough of them putting him in a [[Anime/DragonballZ Kaio-Ken]]-esque SuperMode. The catch is that, if a ninja opened all the gates, he would suffer from a HeroicRedRingOfDeath.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does this, but with the chi-like chakra instead of brainpower. Rock Lee's ace in the hole is the ability to open various chakra gates that act like dams for the stuff, with opening enough of them putting him in a [[Anime/DragonballZ Kaio-Ken]]-esque SuperMode. The catch is that, if a ninja opened all the gates, he would suffer from a fatal HeroicRedRingOfDeath.
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