A Reader’s Query: 10% of the Brain and Inherent Wisdom

September 8, 2015

 From a reader: 

Dear Dr. Radford,

"I read an article in LiveScience Website about how much of our brain potential we humans use. The end of the article was linked to your website. This is by the way the article - https://www.livescience.com/13279-limitless-movie-brain-potential-myth.html. I see and also believe that most of our intelligence is laying secretly far deep inside of our subconscious mind. I strongly believe that emotional intelligence is far more important than we think. I see this all matter as a big mystery, since that also known psych-researchers, such as Curl Jung, related to the mystic part of the subconscious power. This secret potential contains not only improvement for tools like memory, text-understanding and so on, but I rather believe that it is a real one's personal reality constructor - which is of course the most significant role to a better world - Why? - Because research is a big matter of patience, and patience is built by the secret and mysterious powers of the hidden and unknown. Patience and acceptance is a key to a better world.

If I conclude by saying that all of us, all human beings, are born with the same amount of wisdom, but also with the same amount of stupidity, What would you say about that? What Do you think about one's ability to enormously magnify his self-understanding? Do human-beings prefer material and immediate results rather than weird sounding stuff but in the same time worth following? I will thank you very much for a reply.


My reply:

Thank you for writing. You asked, "If I conclude by saying that all of us, all human beings, are born with the same amount of wisdom, but also with the same amount of stupidity, What would you say about that?"

I guess I'd say that it's an interesting idea, but that as far as anyone knows wisdom is not an inherited trait (nor an anatomical feature) and thus not something that people are born with. It's also difficult to understand the idea you propose of quantifying "wisdom" and "stupidity;" it's not clear how anyone could know that we are born with "the same amount" of either-even assuming it was true. I doubt that all newborns have equal amounts of the two, but it's an interesting idea.

All best,

Benjamin Radford

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