Some facts are great. Like we only use 10 per cent of our brain. Ten per cent! Think of the possibilities. Think what wonders we could unleash as technology marches.
The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object viewable from space. Those ancient engineers charting that work, and it’s lasted until it could be viewed from beyond. Incredible. Really quite spine-tingling. I can feel the hairs standing.
It’s not true. In fact, neither of these pieces of information are true. They’re bunkum, received notions that we’ve allowed to become hardwired without a challenge. Scientists know that head injuries to any part of the brain, that incredible complex mass, could lead to huge impairment.
These ‘facts’ are bunkum, received notions that we’ve allowed to become hardwired without a challenge
The idea that we only use 10 per cent is crazy. As for the Great Wall, it can barely be seen from low orbit, and only when conditions are really perfect. Instead, many roads, and bridges and even greenhouses can be seen from up there.
And yet, we have somehow convinced ourselves that these falsehoods are realities. It’s an act of faith. Which is ironic, of course, as accusing people of faith of huge credulity is a standard brickbat.
We’re all guilty of picking the truth that suits our system and then off we gallop.