What If We Used 100 Percent of the Brain?

What If We Used 100 Percent of the Brain?

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"What If We Used 100 Percent of the Brain?" is a memorable line from the 2014 sci-fi action film Lucy. In 2018, a two-panel image macro based on the scene gained popularity among Spanish-speaking users as a way to comment on both intelligent and unintelligent human behavior. In January 2019, the macro reached mainstream popularity on Reddit.

Origin

On July 25th, 2014, sci-fi action film Lucy [1] premiered in theaters in the United States. In one scene[2], professor Samuel Norman (played by Morgan Freeman) is asked by an audience member about the hypothetical possibility to use one hundred percent of human's brain.



Spread

In December 2018, the macro based on the scene gained popularity in a number of Spanish meme pages on Facebook and Instagram, including Momos Corp[3], Memes Ultra Random[4], Dilo con Momos[5], Chompos[6] and other communities (examples below). While it is unclear where exactly the template was used first, the earliest examples of the meme can be tracked to at least December 18th, 2018[7].


Señor ¿Que pasaria si alguien libera el 100%'de su capacidad cerebral? Evolutroan Human Brai CORP Senor. cOue pasaria si alguienlibera el 100% de su capacidad cerebral? Evolution Human Bra 600 Sefnor. cQué pasaría sialguien libera el 100% de su capacidad cerebral? Evolution a uman Dilo con Momos

On December 21st, 2018, Mexican satirical outlet El Deforma[8] posted a compilation of the "100% of the Brain" memes. On the same day, Redditor[9] EliPunk_ submitted an untranslated Spanish meme to /r/PewdiepieSubmissions subreddits, where it gained five upvotes.

On January 11th, 2019, Memedroid user Fancyboy uploaded two first known English versions of the meme to the website[10][11] (shown below, left and center). The posts gained over 1000 and over 800 points in three weeks. On the same day, Memedroid[12] user 0v3rlord uploaded another English meme mased on the macro, which gained 1400 points in the same period (shown below, right).


What if We used 1 00% of the brain? Evolutiona Human Bra What if we used 1 00% of the brain? Evolution a Human Bra What if we used 100% of the brain? Evolution a Human Bra

On the same day, Redditor[13] CansOS reposted the 0v3rlord's image to /r/PewdiepieSubmissions subreddit, where it gained 18 upvotes in three weeks. The format gained mainstream popularity on the platform after on January 12th, 2019, Redditor[14] nixonico reposted the image tp /r/MemeEconomy subreddit. The repost received over 13,600 upvotes in three weeks.

Following the post by nixonico, more versions of the meme were posted to /r/dankmemes, /r/memes and other subreddits.

Various Examples


What if we used 100% of the brain? volution an Human Bra What if we used 100% of the brain? Evolution a Human Bra Cutting tennis balls in half lets you store 2 more balls, saving space What if we used 100% of the brain? tvolut Huma
What if we used 100% of the brain? Evolution an Human Bra What if we used 9% of the brain? tvolut Huma VACCINE CCINES ILL ORRUPTIO What if we used 100% of the brain? Put My Hand In The Toaster To Scientifically Test Whether I Am A Piece Of Bread 15,499 views 661 39 Share Download Save

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spindash64
spindash64

if we really only used 10%, then in engineering phrases, that either means we have a safety factor of 10x, or we literally just have 10 times more brain than we can ever hope to use. Seeing as brain tissue is expensive to maintain, in terms of food and oxygen, that is a lot of resources going to maintain something that, according to this rumor, we never use. Ergo, if we saw a 90% reduction in brain matter, we could achieve an 18% reduction in needed oxygen, with no loss in brain power

but that's not how it works. Why? because we DO use most of our brain

I'm aware this is a meme, btw, just that SOMEONE needs to be a party pooper, so may as well make it the first comment to get it over with

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