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Just how great is the potential hidden within the human brain?

How would you best describe or compare the brain's abilities? What are the most crucial aspects in improving or "bringing out" its full potentials?

Do you think that the human brain can be capable of not only influencing how individuals think and function, but influencing the outer world? (Specifically referring to the "law of attraction")

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    Jul 5 2011: As great as you want it to be...
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    Jul 4 2011: Infinite.
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    Jul 4 2011: Power of brain is bounded by person's own imagination and mind.
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    Jul 5 2011: Hi Jun Park
    Again, I say "infinite." I'm going to be stubborn on this point. Take an eight and tip it over.

    How can I be so sure?

    Well I'm not sure humans will survive to see this development, but it goes like this: The amount of information (data only, not smarts) is increasing exponentially. Agreed? OK. Computer capacity, speed, and price performance are all increasing exponentially. If we combine these computer advances with flesh and blood human brains, even if we do it poorly at first, means that eventually we will see exponential growth in thinking ability. In the long term, for all practical purposes, this eventually leads to infinite potential smarts.

    Now about you, or the individual human current potential:
    Each individual alive now has his/her own kinds of potential for brain power. I believe these potentials are hidden by lack of experience. It takes about 10,000 hours (classroom time from 5th grade to 12th grade) to become a virtuoso at something. Malcolm Gladwell explains this phenomenon well (think of the Beatles or Oppenheimer as examples) in is book "Outliers."
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    Jul 5 2011: Jun, all people are intelligent and along with our intrinsic good will and consciousness or as God's children as so many people believe, is the foundation of our humanism or moral sense, deep respect and love for one another. http://Bit.Ly/KeyPower

    I'ts rather fascinating that even though we know this intuitively, our science is also confirming it as can be gleaned from the TED talks.

    The right perspective of our consciousness can be indeed expounded by iginiting our hearts and minds to transform our personal and global world.
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    Jul 4 2011: This is a great question!
    I see the human brain as a field.
    How well it functions is determined by several things. The field's fertility comes from the kind of soil (genetic endowment) but it is strongly influenced by prenatal nutrition. If all of the building blocks of the brain and body are available when they are needed a better foundation is laid down and the field is more fertile. After birth, the brain is pruned substantially especially in cases of difficult delivery. Nourishing that brain is of paramount importance and that's why breast feeding is ideal (but may not work for every mother/child pair).

    Experiences and love are the next ingredients. This is almost like irrigation for the field. With both good fertility and lots of available water brains grow to their best potential.