BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN
In a Candy Crush, Angry Birds world, can you really use technology to ‘teach’ yourself to be smarter?
scientific myth (the part about the 10 percent) in the movie Lucy, the latest blockbuster from French producer, writer and director Luc Besson.
Without giving away the plot line, the movie’s premise that our brains only operate at a fraction of their potential entices us to envisage what we could be capable of, if only we could activate the dormant part of our noodles.
Lucy is the cinematic culmination of the current zeitgeist surrounding brain boosting and the notion that there’s a way to unlock formidable hidden powers in our heads. And if the success of the brain game industry is anything to go by, it seems that this is the format – brain games – that’s captured the public’s imagination as the prevailing method for addressing a host of cerebral objectives: speed of thought processing, logic improvement, reasoning, focus, visual coordination – and here’s the one we probably value the most: memory.
The link between sharpening your mind and playing games is long-embedded in both the physiological and psychological development of mankind.You could even