Brain size relates more to proportion than it does to intelligence. Your brain is smaller than a whale’s because your body is smaller. However, your brain is structured in a way that enables you to survive, and succeed.
But after all that, would you believe that humans only use 10% of their brains?
Let’s make it 100%.
We’ve seen what really smart people can do. They inspire us through art, music, and literature; they change the odds in sports; they come up with tools to make our lives easier; and they help organize society as a whole to make us all more powerful – for better or for worse. With access to your brain’s full capacity, you’re limitless. So what do you do?
Fact is, the 10% brain capacity thing is a myth; and it probably comes from a simple confusion. Your brain is 10% neurons, and 90% glial cells. There are different types of neurons that take care of different functions, but in general, your neurons enable you to process and transmit information, while your glial cells surround your neurons, providing them with support and insulation.
And you know what? All human brains share the same design. Your brain has just as many neurons as Albert Einstein’s did. So how can you be smarter?
Treat your brain like a muscle. Stimulate it! Try new things, take on challenges, and get enough rest! Maintain healthy habits; that’s the smart thing to do and, of course, it’s a no brainer.
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