From The Guardian:
The recent film Lucy is based on the most classic brain misconception: that we only use 10% of our brain. But it’s had a considerable amount of flack for this already, suggesting that many people are wise to this myth. We also saw the recent release of Susan Greenfield’s new book Mind Change, all about how technology is changing (damaging?) our brains. This is a worryingly evidence-free but very common claim by Greenfield. Depressingly common, as this blog has pointed out many times. But now even the non-neuroscientist reviewers aren’t buying her claims.
Really? Some out there are beginning to get wise to all the nonsense marketed as science? Where will this end?
The rest of Dean Burnett’s column is an entertaining sendup of crackpot neuroscience by going it just slightly one better. See, for example, “The Nimoy nucleus.”
See also: Man born without connection between two halves of brain functions normally—at 88 (So another lecture hall neuroscience myth bites the dust)
Watch for my upcoming series at Evolution News & Views on what happens when we try naturalizing the mind. A toad in ballet slippers never looked as weird as what happens then.
Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose