Your 20 myths of memory speak of your arrogance!

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Accusation: Memory Myths at supermemo.com show arrogance

darkdrone66 wrote

Please forward this to the highest official, originator, curator, dictator of super-memo!! (FYI- don't reply back)

I read your Memory Myths section. You are warning us against all of these supposedly fake claims made by others and how it is not true. I got news for you!! Every company says the same about the other companies. How do we know you are not one of them. Myth section answers seem to be 85% right, I'll give you that much. But I really sense a snobby, "we are better than any one else" attitude in your answers. You seem to think that everyone else is wrong and you are the only one with all the answers. I got especially ticked off by your comment about people use more than 10% of their brain. I have read countless sources, been told this through all my education, (I'm an electrical engineering student) that this is somewhat true (to an extent, as far as we know). Now you are saying this is false, this is the first time I'm hearing of this. If we could use more than 10% of our brain, we would all be highly spiritual and possess psychic powers such as intuition, etc, etc.

Bottom line: I just don't like your attitude that everybody is wrong but you and that your product is better than everybody else's.

Oh by the way have you ever heard of brahmi?? This herb has been used for 10,000 years or more by the hindus and it improves memory, concentration and opens your pineal gland (do you know what that is?).. In other words, your 3rd eye opens.

Reply (Oct 2007): Battle with ignorance must draw some blood

  • The Myths section is not an attack on "other companies". It is an attack on popular myths that are harmful to public undertanding of memory. Some of the myths might be used by commercial companies to sell their products. In those cases, indeed, this section is intended to help you make intelligent choices.
  • The arrogance you sense is not an uncommon impression when reading skeptic websites. After all, skeptics need to roll out heavy cannon to battle widespread ignorance of science that is the root cause of the propagation of myths. The audience addressed is not always privy to science, hence the frequent use of a populist language and irony. If you visit James Randi website, you will see far spicier and bold language. When battling ignorance, the end justifies the means. Randi is one of the most effective mythbusters in existence, and few see him as ungentlemanly when he brutally blasts Sylvia Brown's deception.
  • You will definitely not find traces of "we are right, everyone is wrong" in that text. The myths are widespread, but the closer you get to academic circles, the less likely you are to find anyone who disagrees with the presented opinions. It is more "science is right, gossip and mythology are wrong". And to strees that to err is human, the following sentence begins the article Remember to remain skeptical. Hone your skepticism and treat this list with skepticism too

Reply from Brainiac (Mar 2008): Neuroscience is the best answer

Obviously many belief are passed on from mouth to mouth, but not from brain to brain. Your comment about using only 10% is not true, is just some gossip passed on from people with out knowledge about how the brain works. This principle was formulated in the late 1960s when studies about the demands on blood circulation showed that in any time, only 10% of the brain was active. This doesn't mean we don't use all the capacity of the brain. We do use every single cell in our brain, any cell that is not required would not be neccesary to exist. Maybe a little learning about neuroscience can lighten your view about how the brain works, instead of defending your opinions based on what you heard on the streets.