1. Jiehfeng
    Jiehfeng
    I understand the 10% of brain used thing is a myth, but I believe it's a myth only in the sense of the areas of the brain used. Just because most of the areas of the brain is used does not mean its full capacity/capability is being utilized. :P
    Aug 11, 2019
  2. sarkwalvein
    sarkwalvein
    Well, depends on the goal. I mean, if you have a some eggs and you make a big omelette then the eggs capacity to make scrambled eggs is not being used. And if you made all scrambled eggs then their full capacity to do omelettes is not being used.
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  3. Sono
    Sono
    I have a better example: when you're using the 3DS in 3DS mode, all of the DS hardware is turned off, and not used.
    Another example: when using a modern x86_64 CPU, you're not using the video decoder hardware embedded into the silicon while just playing a simple OpenGL game. It's turned on, but idle.
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  4. sarkwalvein
    sarkwalvein
    And yet, when if you turned the DS hardware and used it simultaneously, you would have less battery life. And if you where using the video decoder hardware embedded in the silicon of a moder x86_64 CPU instead of letting it be idle, it wouldn't only use more power but the CPU temperature would go up and probably make it down-throttle,
    Aug 11, 2019
  5. sarkwalvein
    sarkwalvein
    limiting the frame rates that could be achieved by your simple OpenGL game... that is already limited in practice by the maximum refresh rate of your monitor, touché.
    Aug 11, 2019
  6. sarkwalvein
    sarkwalvein
    Anyway, I don't think the brain is so far from the frontier of production possibilities as it is popular to hear... it's only that people don't often agree on what is interesting to produce.
    Aug 11, 2019
  7. ThoD
    ThoD
    The "x%" thing is true, just it applies to "max % used at any one time". The body limits itself for protection, the muscles too for example (to ~30%) and limit goes up when in danger/angry as a form of self-protection (to ~50%), because going past that will be too much burden on the body and result in burnt muscles (which turn necrotic and poisonous).
    Aug 11, 2019
  8. ThoD
    ThoD
    Similarly, the brain limits itself to a similar percentage so it doesn't overwork itself to ensure neuron degeneration speed stays controlled and as low as possible, while also keeping temperature down (more blood flow=higher temp, even 1°C can affect function after all).
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    Aug 11, 2019
  9. Jiehfeng
    Jiehfeng
    @ThoD Well I still think it's possible to use more of it without "overheating". Kind of like slowly scraping the percentage up without going all out to make the brain used to being used more and adapt to it. In any case I'm pretty sure there's a lot of untapped potential and we can go beyond Einstein, but I don't know how exactly.
    Aug 11, 2019
  10. Jiehfeng
    Jiehfeng
    Basically training it or sharpening the intellect slowly.
    Aug 11, 2019
  11. Sono
    Sono
    @sarkwalvein it's because in DS mode almost every hardware is turned on, including 3DS WiFi for DSi mode
    Also, the video decoder hardware is not used by the OpenGL game, but it's still idle because the GPU unit is turned on.
    Also, not every driver has VSync support :)
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    Aug 11, 2019
  12. Sono
    Sono
    As for the topic of this comment chain, I doubt you need to "use more percent of your brain" to be able to have a chip embedded.
    Though being able to parallelize (more) parts of your brain would be indeed an useful talent to have.
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    Aug 11, 2019
  13. Jiehfeng
    Jiehfeng
    That's not what I meant though. I was trying to say before trying to go for upgrades, we haven't even used what we have already properly.
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  14. sarkwalvein
    sarkwalvein
    Well, I guess that is because laziness and nothing new. Not even going to the brain part, before we even try to use our walking/running ability to the max we resorted to upgrades like cars, that we use even to go to the office some blocks away, even though finding a place to park/etc would take more time to just walk there efficiently.
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  15. sarkwalvein
    sarkwalvein
    Same with brains, probably it would be more efficient e.g. just to think what is the shortest route to some place in the city, but oh well people already take out an existing brain "upgrade" an pull out google maps to do the task.
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  16. Jiehfeng
    Jiehfeng
    It kinda scares me that there's the possibility of people becoming dumber in the future due to not needing to use their brains often.
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  17. Sono
    Sono
    You know, I think it's really difficult figuring out how to optimize YOURSELF on a neuron-level. I kinda think of it like assembly optimizations: you hand-write assembly to optimize stuff because the compiler just can't do some optimizations to the level of hand-crafting them.
    Aug 11, 2019
  18. Sono
    Sono
    And then there are also driver optimizations. Shoddily written drivers have the potential of not being able to use the full potential of the hardware due to how shitty and slow the code is.
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  19. Jiehfeng
    Jiehfeng
    Difficult or not I would love to find out how. I'm sure there would be a risk free and easy technique to do this, similar to the idea of meditation, something small that gradually helps achieve it on your own. :)
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  20. ThoD
    ThoD
    @Jiehfeng Regarding people getting dumber because of reliance on technology, go watch Idiocracy:P

    And yeah, training yourself to use more of your capabilities while also making yourself more efficient is the real reason exercises are a good thing, both mental and physical ones.
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    Aug 12, 2019