5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness

Submitted by: halifax_girl 8 years ago in Science
http://www.cracked.com/article/127_5-ways-to-hack-your-brain-into-awesomeness/

Someone once said we only use about 10% of our brains. Screw that, hack into your brain and bump that number up!
There are 39 comments:
Male 74
ive been lucid dreaming for 2 years now, im surprised it became so public, my dad pretty much tought me how to when i was just 10 and now im an expert at it. it pretty much makes me exited to go to sleep. http://www.wikihow.com/Lucid-Dream
this is probebly the best tutorial.
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Male 264
first time i`ve "lol-ed" on the interwebz in a looooong time
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Male 321
lucid dreamings cool
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Male 275
cracked is good
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Female 96
WOAH.
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Female 525
in #2, they kinda made a false conclusion of the study they presented. the conclusion is that after studying new material you should give it time to sink in.
if you decided to spend only the two hours before the test to study for your biochem exam, then you`re screwed buddy. but if you spent the whole week studying and keep on doing it "right up until time for the exam" then you`ll do just fine.
i use the last hour before any test to just catch bits of information that seem important. things that i an certain that would be erased from my brain just as i lose concentration.
it sometimes helps :)

and i`m totally gonna try #5...

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Male 431
i wanna try the pingpong ball one.

if you wanna have some crazy dreams eat a bunch of pineapple before you go sleep. i hear that works :/
probably self fulfilling prophecy but who cares..

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Female 15,763
Lion, it`s based off some horribly paraphrased quote of him explaining that at any given time, there is probably no more than 10% of our brain active. So yeah... bollocks, like Dan said.
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Male 8,300
> `Someone once said we only use about 10% of our brains`

That person was supposedly Einstein, and you`ll find it on just about every Urban Legends site under the Total BS Every Idiot Somehow Believes When Its Patently Untrue category.

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Female 32
you know we use all of our brains. we use 10 percent for thinking, the rest is doing all the things that our body needs to be doing. like pumping our heart, or controlling our reflexes
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Male 759
`Someone once said we only use about 10% of our brains`

Well that someone was talking bollocks. We use all of our brain, just not all at the same time. It has different regions that control various aspects of our emotions, thoughts, movements, relationships, senses etcetera.

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Male 74
For Christ`s sake! We use all of our brain!
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Male 1,666
I`ve always wanted to try lucid dreaming
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Male 1,837
ive attempted the hallucination one but without any materials, just silence and blank space. also i`ve tried the dream and the believeing what hasnt happened one. i love doing that.
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Female 26
I tried the powernaps for a little while. I got to the point where I could go from totally awake to snoring in 3 minutes. I would think "damn I have to wake up in 30 min...snore". eventually I quit because I like sleeping. A sleep diet is about as fun as any other diet is.
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Male 1,764
I`m totally trying all of this, except the nap schedule. Learn from Kramer people, it`s not gonna work.
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Male 3,842
One of Cracked`s weaker efforts. Usually they are such sticklers about gettting the science right, but this time, well, I`m not going to bother to repeat what previous posters said, but those of you who have posted here at IAB are right. And why is false memory (#1 on their list) considered "more" brainpower? Seems like LESS brainpower if we can`t remember fact from fiction. Shame on them for not crediting Elizabeth Loftus, BTW.
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Male 975
we don`t use 10% of our brains, but only certain parts of our brains wuld logically be used at the same time, so its not like applying yourself will ever get you anywhere close to 100
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Male 2,605
"Someone once said we only use about 10% of our brains."

That person was gloriously wrong.

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Female 310
ive never had a lucid dream, i hate to say but it sounds awesome... and i would totally try the power naps thing if i wasnt in school...
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Male 12,365
No-one who knows anything at all about the subject would say that we only use about 10% of our brains. Nor would anyone who gives the matter any thought unless they are a creationist.
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Male 1,078
"I find it works best not to try to conjure something in your dream, but rather think about it and believe it will be somewhere and then go there. So I don`t conjure a naked woman. I believe she`s around that corner and I walk there. Or I`ll fly to her house, which is good fun in itself. Word to the wise, lucid dreams often fade quickly so I suggest you take off your pants in mid-flight so you`ll be ready when you get there."

I tend to do that quite a bit in real life as well.

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Male 23
think im gonna try the power naps thing.
seems intriguing
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Male 845
lol. that burt reynolds pic had me rolling
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Male 2,619
stupid broken links. Harumph I say
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Male 1,403
it wont work!! and according to the comments its pretty awesome
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Male 556
Page won`t load. Is this just for me?
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Male 275
I really want to lucid dream. A world where anything can happen...
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Female 961
the studying one works for me. i do that the night before i have to recite my poem for german class
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Male 302
I lucid dream quite often. I think it`s because I always wake up to go to the bathroom a couple hours before I need to get up, and then I go back to bed and try to get back into dreaming.

So without purposefully trying I`m following two steps of lucid dreaming. Taking a nap after waking and trying to dream of something specific.

I find it works best not to try to conjure something in your dream, but rather think about it and believe it will be somewhere and then go there. So I don`t conjure a naked woman. I believe she`s around that corner and I walk there. Or I`ll fly to her house, which is good fun in itself. Word to the wise, lucid dreams often fade quickly so I suggest you take off your pants in mid-flight so you`ll be ready when you get there.

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Female 1,589
The hallucination one seems scary. O_O
I`ll try the studying one though. I usually study 20 minutes before the exam. Most of the time I end up doing well.
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Male 9,305
"Obviously the big difference between a dream and real life is that if the Hamburglar came bursting out of your refrigerator right now and started screaming at you in Vietnamese, your first thought would be "This is a strange and unusual event that is occurring right now, and I should question my perceptions." If the same thing happens in a dream, you just go with it."

This is very true.

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Female 895
..uh..If it`s a trip like LSD, the last thing you`d want to do is lye still, with something stuck to your face...or white noise.. Doesn`t sound "fun" at all...
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Female 1,571
i want to try the hallucination thing! i wonder if it will really work
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Female 839
Am i the only one who dies a little inside when i see "(will open in new window or tab)"?
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Male 2,199
I used to try to train myself to lucid dream, but i kept getting overexcited every time i noticed i was in a dream and woke up... it was so frustrating that i eventually gave up...
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Male 970
im totally gonna do the hallucination thing
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Female 497
Just thinking about the Uberman Sleep Schedule is making me feel sick!
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Female 2,244
Link: 5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness [Rate Link] - Someone once said we only use about 10% of our brains. Screw that, hack into your brain and bump that number up!
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