The brain of a rabbit
“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Piglet, if he had a brain, was – like you – supposed to use it for understanding, knowing, getting clarity. And poor old Pooh claimed he himself was a bear of no brain at all. How like him I sometimes feel.
It’s one of the more stupid urban myths that Albert Einstein said he only used 10% of his brain. How can you not use 90% of it when the whole of it is needed to drive your lungs, heart, kidneys, autonomic responses, govern your senses, even while you are asleep.If someone has convinced you that you only use 10% of yours, I have to ask you, which 90% would you like to have removed instead of taking up space in your head which might well be used for other things – say an extra pocket, your sunnies, a place to butt your cigarette.The early 20th Century psychologist, William James did intimate that people do not explore their full potential, but no-one with a good working brain would suggest you only use 10% of yours.
Where are you on the ladder?
Plato, the wordy student of Socrates suggested there are four rungs on the ladder to understanding, clarity, wisdom. On the bottom rung you find the purveyors of illusion; among them, movie makers, photographers, newspaper columnists, letters to the editor, Facebook contributions, the ABC news services, commercial news services, radio talk-back callers and common lunch-room gossip, not to mention the wizards in opposition politics. This is the world of editing, opinion, misinformation, bias and half truth – even no truth. To Plato it is the place of ignorance. You don’t want to be there, do you?
Unlike Piglet’s, your brain is 100% wonderful. Its most wonderful contribution is to give us understanding and clarity. Use it for that. Step up from ignorance.