Age-related brain shrinking is unique to humans

By Archean ยท 7 replies
Jul 26, 2011
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,028   +2,558

    Well OK then. Here's the thing, they say we only use 10% of our brain in the first place! Does this mean, when adjusted for aging, by the time we hit 80, we'll only be able to use 8.5% of our brain...?
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Conversely, could it be that some people would lose 15% of their brains capacity, which unluckily, encompasses the 10% they would actually use (maybe Dubya Syndrome if the brain loss kicked in around mid-life?)
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,690   +96

    DBZ: I wouldn't cut into him like this but your logic is very sound :D

    However, using the same logic, it would mean that they can't even perform simple tasks we usually take for granted.
  4. toemage

    toemage TS Rookie

    is it tragidy for us humans? :zzz:
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    I believe you are adding weight to my hypothesis.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Its probably because when other species get older they still have to evade stuff trying to kill them in the wild, this keeps their mind sharp. Humans though, they get taken care of by younger humans, so they can just sit back and die peacefully, rather than getting ravaged by a pack of lions.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,028   +2,558

    Sound logic indeed. However it does become apparent that you've never been to my neighborhood.. (Well, in spite of the fact that there aren't actually any lions). The principles of, "survival of the fittest", are in full operation, however.
    Yes, we would probably forget even how to masturbate. Or is that instinctive? It's all so unclear in my mind...!

    Speaking further on the topic of losing your mental faculties, have any of you seen, "Sucker Punch"?
    Well no, but as I'm sure you've noticed in your own writing, we'd obviously forget how to spell. If you just simply never learned how to spell, not to worry, the problems haven't started yet....;)

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