Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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KarenUhOh (#19)

I read every tenth word. Is the movie any good?

In the spirit of scientific accuracy, I'd like to point out that the "ten percent of our brains" thing is a straight-up myth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_percent_of_brain_myth

In other words, we like to think, given the evidence of how horrible we are, that our brains are underutilized and we'd be so much better if only we could perform at our "full potential." The terrible fact is that we already are at our full potential. There is no room for improvement. This is the best we can do, and the existence of this myth just shows that we exercise our limited capabilities to the utmost by lying to ourselves about that fact.

Just doing my part to make the rest of your post all the more bleak and depressing, Balk. You can thank me later.

triplenineteen (#270,613)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose Came here to say this! The 10% brain thing is like saying a piano player only uses 3% of all keys just because he doesn't mash them all at the same time.

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

BALK!!! Reading this piece reminds me how much I've been missing your cheery outlook. I doubt you've been missing making multiple posts every day, but just know you've got a hero's welcome waiting for you whenever you care to visit us here and remind us how hopeless everything is.

scrooge (#2,697)

@Ralph Haygood Seconded. I miss those deeply nested tirades.

Noah Kulwin (#274,622)

i am very interested in knowing whether scarlett johansson would still pitch for sodastream if she used 100 percent of her brain capacity

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