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?
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? ;)
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.”
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.)
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”
@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.
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.
@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.
@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?
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.