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Water in the Brain  - WEEK 45

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DWS: All of the black in the middle is water and the brain matter is the rim of white along the outside of the skull.  This is a screen shot from a Fox News report.

Have you ever thought your just not clever enough

You know not clever enough to operate at ďthat levelĒ or achieve that goal

Perhaps you came to that conclusion following comments made by someone you respect?

Well here some evidence pointed out to me by Lee Pulos, that suggests that we all have the brain power we need, if we choose to use it.

British Neurologist Dr John Lama studied people with hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is sometimes known as "water in the brain". Basically itís when cerebrospinal fluid fills the cavities of the brain, which can result in less brain cortex forming.

John was studying whether people needed a certain amount of brain (cortex) to be intelligent. On average people have a brain cortex which is about 4.5cm thick, and typically in the US and UK an average IQ is quoted as a score of 100.

During Johnís study he came across an extreme case of hydrocephalus.

It was a college mathematic student who only had a 1mm layer of brain cortex, the rest of his head was filled with cerebrospinal fluid

But when John tested his IQ, he had an IQ of 126.

Thatís an IQ in the top 5% of the population with only 2% of the normal brain mass.

But this isnít a unique story Dr Peter Noise an American neurologist reported similar findings of 5 people with hydrocephalus recording high IQís, and the picture above was a 44-year old French man who was married with 2 kids working as a civil servant. In fact there are numerous stories on the web and within medical journals pointing to other case of high achieving people with extreme hydrocephalus, i.e. significantly less brain than you and me. 

So if your think that you just donít have the brain power required, maybe it's not that you donít have it, its that your not using it

Till next week use your head

David Gardner





 Recommended Audio CD's
By Peter Thompson
More Great CD Programs
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  The Automatic Millionaire -David Bach
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
 Watching the English - Kate Fox
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson



Jamie's Food forThought

Betchaican the Wiseman Way

Old Lang Syne

Who Made the World?

The Latte Factor

The Fox and the Hedgehog

Life Balance the Da Vinci Way

Peace of Mind

The Miss World Quiz

The Road is better than the Inn

Did the Elephant Remember?

Can't See the Wood for the Trees

Dutch Courage

Talk with Relevance

Milo the Greek

A Boy called No

Bluebird - A pint of Ale &  water speed record

Visualising an Argument with Alien Bowling

Old Friends lead to New Thoughts

Bad Driver

Space Shuttle designed on a horses backside

Back to the Future

The Mexican Boatman & "Harvard MBA".

The World in Perspective

Acres of Diamonds

First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
12 Questions to High Performance
The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
Three Men and a Boat
Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
The Meaning of Life  
What was your name again?
Two Frogs
Is Common Sense Possible
An Architects Vision
Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,