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    People who say that we only use 10% of our brains are probably under the impression that the entire brain could be used for conscious thought rather than anything like regulation of bodily functions.

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    The idea that there is a psychic part of the brain is ridiculous enough. The idea that more brain usage might even possibly equate to superpowers is terrible. In fact, as I recall, some techniques in psychotherapy have been known to do just this (attempt to increase brain usage), and they produce seizures by what's known as the kindling effect. There's a lot we don't know about the brain but there's also a lot that we do know. None of what we know would currently do anything to validate cheesy chi stuff. Why can't the chi people leave good science alone and instead focus on producing some documented results?

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    They need to work on producing someone who can fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BatRonin
    PET scans that show some activity in some areas , but have yet to show activity in the WHOLE brain?

    That's giving ammo to the other side !
    Did you actually read the links?

    "Brain imaging research techniques such as PET scans (positron emission tomography) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) clearly show that the vast majority of the brain does not lie fallow."

    "Still, functional brain imaging studies show that all parts of the brain function."

    It's been a few years since my graduate neurophysiology course, but I can be pretty confidently say that the entire brain is used. There's a whole wealth of evidence beyond brain scans; brain scans are mostly used to determine which parts of the brain are used during specific activities.

    Some of the more interesting studies have come from people, who through stroke or other trauma, have lost function of a specific region of the brain.

    If nothing else, consider a common phenomena in physiology - cells that are not regularly active quickly atrophy and die. The Schiavo case is an example of that.

    If you don't use your brain cells, you will lose them.

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    Wasn't the 10% thing actually a quote from Albert Einstein?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotajudo
    Did you actually read the links?

    "Brain imaging research techniques such as PET scans (positron emission tomography) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) clearly show that the vast majority of the brain does not lie fallow."

    "Still, functional brain imaging studies show that all parts of the brain function."

    It's been a few years since my graduate neurophysiology course, but I can be pretty confidently say that the entire brain is used. There's a whole wealth of evidence beyond brain scans; brain scans are mostly used to determine which parts of the brain are used during specific activities.

    Some of the more interesting studies have come from people, who through stroke or other trauma, have lost function of a specific region of the brain.

    If nothing else, consider a common phenomena in physiology - cells that are not regularly active quickly atrophy and die. The Schiavo case is an example of that.

    If you don't use your brain cells, you will lose them.

    You missed my point, while the WHOLE brain is used, it is NEVER used all at the same time.
    Little things like that is what people grasp at.
    grasping at straws ? yes, but there you have it.

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    So are you playing devil's advocate or do you really believe in stuff like the video on the qigong thread? I would think bullshido would exist to put an end to such foolishness since these demonstrations have time and time again proved to be fraudulent and there has never been a documented occurence that proved genuine.

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    Me? Devils advocate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xingyifa
    So are you playing devil's advocate or do you really believe in stuff like the video on the qigong thread? I would think bullshido would exist to put an end to such foolishness

    What made you think BatBat believes in chi kung/mental powers? It seemed fairly obvious to me that he was giving examples of how others might rationalise their beliefs; not offering up his own views.

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    It just seemed odd to me that a moderator here at bullshido would play devil's advocate for something that is frequently at the root of fraud in the MA...

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