Limitless

2 years, 3 months ago

Just saw that movie Limitless and i want to pool together ideas about how we can train our minds to be limitless. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the movie it’s about a guy who takes this pill that activates the other 90% of his brain enabling him to be superconscious all the time. While his entire brain is active he is able finish writing an entire book in just one day and later becomes a millionaire stock broker. He is able to see thousands of scenarios unfold all at once so that he never makes a mistake. He also has an unlimited amount of memories to choose from because he remembers every single one. So what do you guys think? Are their ways we can train our mind to be superconscious?

December 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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Profile photo of Sara111 Sara111 (@sarad) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

I’m interested in the responses to this(: and I will be downloading that movie sounds very much what Iv’e been thinking about and researching!

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Profile photo of Tim Tim (@grimey) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Lol I remember when I first saw this movie and I wished it was real too.

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@scew) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Unfortunately I can’t even keep myself conscious half the time so just getting a hold on that would be a pretty good improvement for most people. xD but it would be awesome, I love the movie too :3

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Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Good movie, however I don’t think theres any way for people to do this naturally. First off, I think the whole idea that humans only use 10% of our brains is bullshit. What does that even mean? Why do we have it if it serves no purpose, wouldn’t the size of our brains shrink over evolution (assuming a large part of the brain is unused)? Even if we could, wouldn’t everyone being doing it by now? Also, even if our brains were limitless, we’d still have to deal with time (thus, writing a fictional book by ones self of that size in one day would be next to impossible). Thinking like this would probably send a brain into a sensory overload as it saw a million scenarios unfold at once (think in terms of when you have a lot on your mind).

But having said all this, I’ve just seen the movie Peter Pan and was wondering how I can fly, any thoughts? ;)

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@scew) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@edwardbernays, The difference between flying and falling is a matter of perspective, I’d prescribe a heavy dose of the empire state building.

The rest of your post is valid. Just keep the snarkyness on the DL

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Profile photo of DANM!! DANM!! (@deej) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@rayman24, more importantly than using only 10% of our brains if that is true, is that we are only concious 5% of the day and spend the rest in subconscious “reactions”. What you do with your concious will is powerful

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Profile photo of littlefoot littlefoot (@littlefoot) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Snarkyness, not cool.

But yeah, I agree with the other points. I think maybe we use 10% at one time, but 100% over time, you know?

And my favorite quotation by Lovecraft: ““The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Cognitive enhancement is something I’m very interested in, but the sad truth is that there’s a lot of BS out there peddled by people who have a poor understanding of human biology. It’s a fun idea for a movie, but I throw the 10% myth in along with the oversimplification of “left vs. right brain.”

Anyway, here’s a short story you may like:

“The story follows a man who is given an experimental drug to heal brain damage caused by anoxia after he nearly drowns. The drug regenerates his damaged neurons and has the unintended side effect of exponentially improving his intellect and motor skills. As he gets smarter and smarter, he is pursued by several government agencies and eventually receives a message from—and then enters into conflict with—another super-intelligent test subject.”

(Summary from Wikipedia.)

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/under.htm

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Profile photo of cheeky cheeky (@cheeky) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

i truly believe if you are able to let go of fear and quiet your mind of negativity and connect with nature, every human is capable of this type of skill. The idea is something I’ve been working on personally for a few years and have aquired skills i’ve never dreamed of. Others are doing it too, check out a book called “The Electric Jesus”

Peace :)

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Profile photo of O'Reilly O’Reilly (@oreilly) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

I just got a lumosity membership for Christmas. If you want your brain to work, it needs to train.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve heard plenty about it. The plot always gives me a reminder of what exactly Unity or High Heart Consciousness is. Definitely will have to get my hands on the movie.

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Profile photo of Filip Filip M (@filipek) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@rayman24, It is a myth that we only use 10% of our brain, and it is quite stupid that people keep on repeating this without having any proficient knowledge about how the brain works. We use EACH part of our brain, although not simultaneously. In general, the brain is divided in a left and a right part. Furthermore it is divided in 4 lobes: the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, the occipital lobe and the temporal lobe, each of them having another function, but non of them having a superior function over the other, they just differ. Each of these parts is divided in a lot more parts, and the more time passes by, the more we get to know about the functions of these parts, but ALL parts have a certain function.

That is in short, because the brain is so complex that many books are written about it, but here a reference to the 10 % brain myth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10%25_of_brain_myth

Some wikipedia information about the brain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_brain

On topic: love the movie, I believe we are capable of the things which the protagonist is capable of in the movie, to a more or less extent. It is a matter of superconscious concentration/focus/presence, and we do not need pills for that. Just become a master in meditation and learn to live consciously 100% of the time (which is practically impossible in my opinion) and you will see these kinds of things ‘magically’ happen.

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Here’s a free bump :)

I don’t currently have anything to add but I’m extrememly interested in this topic and I hope people have some more to add!

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Profile photo of Zach Zach (@stayfoolish) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Although its a provocative idea, its just a myth. If you read the article below it will explain why better than I could.

http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/10percent.asp

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Profile photo of Jonny Jonny (@jonnyiscool) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Like @oreilly said, if you want your brain to work better, you need to train it. Read a book. Eat a fucking apple.

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@jonnyiscool, and omega fish oils! Wooo!

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Profile photo of Peter Peter (@searchingforthetruth) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

The idea/movie is very inspirational to me. Its a thought/idea/capability/knowledge I wish I’ve had for a long while now.

Many people are focused on the 10% comment and think of this in an entirely useless way. I believe that although we may use 100% of the surface and contents of our brain, we only use 10% of its potential. I think that the wiring/neurons/configuration of our brains can adapt to our behavior of wanting to access more brain power by simply completing actions that would require the brain to reconfigure itself..(think acquiring more knowledge). It’s been proven and the concept is called Neuroplasticity (wiki-neuroplasticity)

As far as attaining the level of mastery the main character in Limitless achieves- its a great exercise in understanding new thoughts/perspectives/potentials for oneself and the lineage of which one will pass on their genes. Although we may not be able to be “complelely limitless” in the movie sense, we can still be limitless. Life is a competitve survivalist race. Those that believe we are limitless and attempt to positively better themselves for the individual drive as well as the attainment of a stronger species for a better society ultimately do achieve that goal– if they can continue that drive. I liken it to the following quote.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” — A society grows great when old men and women can successfully pass on their “Limitless” genes. “Limitless” in an all encompassing sense of attaining incremental levels of growth each and every day, acquiring new knowledge, bettering society as a whole–and then passing on this drive and knowledge to their own offspring and younger generations.

^^ With this idea, I do believe we as a society can grow and advance as a species much quicker–and thus become more like the main character in Limitless than every before.

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Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@scew, fair. I was only kidding, but realize that may have come off harsher than I originally thought. I was a really big dick in highschool, something that I’ve been working on over the past 4 years, but guess it still comes out from time to time.

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Profile photo of Matthew Matthew (@ojai) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

What if EVERYBODY had that sort of brain power? :0

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@searchingforthetruth, I like what you had to say! I just have one question about passing on knowledge to new generations. I’ve never known for sure, but say an average intelligence couple has a baby, the baby is born with average intelligence capabilities from their parents genes. then let’s say the couple’s intelligence increases greatly over the years, opening up more neuron paths in their brains. If they have another baby will that child have more of those neuron paths in their brain at an earlier age than the first child? Or will they learn easier? Or what?

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@scew) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@ojai, We probably would have developed colonies on other planets, as well as some sort of terraforming mechanism to make whatever solid planets we want hospitable to humans.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

There are times when endless ‘knowledge’ does have other cognitive drawbacks, the best example would be Kim Peek (Now would be the time to search for Him on Google AND YouTube).

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Profile photo of Peter Peter (@searchingforthetruth) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@taysand,

Well to add more thought, I wasn’t necessarily reffering to IQ..as it is not really a strong measure of success or a sign of the internal discipline required to attain new knowledge. Its more about passing on ones discipline, internal drive, moral and understandings of the workings of the world. But I suppose it could also work with IQ.

It’s possible in the initial stages of child development for a child in increase their IQ, I think. The child brain has tremendous ability to rewire and create new neural pathways..more so than an adult brain. I think that a child with a high IQ in a poor environment will not be as successful than a child with a medium IQ in a very positive and mentally stimulating environment.

But I think what is also important to know…that overall, there is not a strong link between high IQ and success.

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2009/10/high-iq-doesnt-equal-success-focus-on.html

http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2005/12/14/high-iq-not-as-good-for-you-as/

http://www.halfsigma.com/2011/03/the-relation-between-iq-education-and-career-tracks.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mr-personality/201103/how-many-successful-entrepreneurs-would-fail-iq-test

http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/question455.htm

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Funny how you would unlock 100% of your brain capability and what do you do with it? Go to Wall Street and make money, what a classy guy.

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