A Thought About Lucy

An ad keeps playing on Spotify for the new movie “Lucy” with Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson. In the movie somebody does something to Johansson’s brain so she can use more than the 10% us normals use, allowing her special abilities–there’s just one problem–it’s common knowledge that we already use 100% of our brain. The 10% myth comes from a misinterpretation of a lecture given by William James. So, I’m giving Lucy a preemptive thumb down; I’m sure it’ll light up the screen, but if you’re looking for something along the same vein and want the writing to be as good as the graphics, read the comic series The Invisibles by Grant Morrison. Same mind-expanding superherodom, but better because the plot isn’t based on a mistake some students made over a hundred years ago. Want to know what happens when Lucy reaches 100 percent? She becomes a regular person who can’t stop time or control matter. Great job Hollywood.

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