The plot kicks into high gear with a longstanding myth about how little of your brain’s capacity you actually use. If you’re just scraping by at 20 percent, wouldn’t being able to draw on more of that grey matter give you an advantage? Not necessarily. Wall said different parts of the brain control different processes, and it all gets put to work at some time or another.
“The fact is you use 100 percent of your brain,” she said. “If you used it all at once, you would have a grand mal seizure and die.”
Limitless went on to inspire a TV show of the same name, in which a character uses his expanded brainpower to help solve crimes. But the film was a great test of Bradley Cooper as a movie star, King said: “It’s not the best story, but I kind of kept watching because of him.”
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And Wall said Eddie’s ups and downs can be seen as metaphor for bipolar disorder, which can produce episodes of intense, manic energy followed by a plunge into depression and lethargy. When Cooper’s character says “I just felt clear,” that’s “exactly what a manic episode feels like,” she said.
What products actually do — and don’t — boost your brainpower? Would mastering piano, foreign languages, and finance in a matter of days make you kind of a jerk? Can you take a drug by drinking the blood of someone who’s already on it? Hear the guests debate those questions and discover Ethan’s grandmother’s favorite movies in the latest episode of Bad Science.