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Monday, October 11, 2004

Revisiting Old Ideas 

There's an annoyingly persistent myth that we only use 10% of our brain's capacity. It is, of course, not true. However, just what we do with all our brains' enormous power is almost totally unknown. A new study published in Nature doesn't really answer any questions, but poses a number of very interesting new ones. Researchers found that in adult ferrets, visual cortex activation closely mirrors visual input, and is 80% active even in a darkened (no visual input) room. In young ferrets, they observed neither a correlation of imagery to activation nor the idle activation in a dark room. Do infants really perceive reality in a totally different way than adults?

Less interestingly but still amusing, Kentucky researchers have found that women appear to be better at handling their liquor than men. We clearly have a few good exceptions to prove the rule.

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