Myths and Facts

  • 28 July
  • School Blogger

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.

John F. Kennedy

35th President of the United States


 

When it comes to myths, common knowledge is full of them. They are so well narrated and propagated among generations that we don’t even think, they could be wrong. Let's discuss some of such myths we have been hearing since childhood, but are absolute “hokum”.

 

We use only 7-10% of our brain:

This is the biggest and the most common myth prevailing throughout the world. This myth arises because the brain scientists were unaware of the functions of some parts of the brain like the prefrontal cortex. Since the damage in them does not cause any physical impairment, doctors initially thought those parts are just sitting idle. However later they found out that every part has its own cognitive function. We use most of our brain all the time.

 

The Great wall of China is visible from space:

No it is not. The average height of the wall is 6-7 meters. Think, how it can be visible from space. Astronauts have actually confirmed it.

 

We have five senses:

We have a lot more senses than 5. We have senses that let us feel velocity, temperature, let us balance and many more. We still don’t have the exact count but sure are not limited to just five senses. Many scientists argue that humans actually have between 14 and 20 senses.

 

Albert Einstein failed in Maths:

It’s fun to imagine Einstein failing maths, however he himself has confirmed that he never did, but actually topped his class in maths. Before 15, he had mastered differential and integral calculus.

 

Bats are blind:

Bats have eyes and can see clearly. Some big bats can even see three times better than humans.

 

Sun is yellow:

This is something we all believe by default. When kids draw sun in schools, they draw it in yellow, but actually the sun is white.

 

Humans are evolved from Chimpanzees:

Chimps and humans have common ancestors but we (homo sapiens) are not evolved from any living species of chimpanzees.

 

Veins have a blue color:

Hemoglobin gives blood its red color. Deoxygenated blood has a deep red color, and oxygenated blood has a cherry-red color. It is the scattering light from the skin that makes them appear blue.

We hope this article has debunked some of the myths for you. As a spice of extremely high intellect, we don’t have to believe everything we hear. We have facts and figures laid out in front of us, we only need to seek them and ask the right questions. Because this is what keeps us alive. Do let us know in the comments about the interesting myths you believed and how you came across reality.

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