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Two Kinds of Smart James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

Two Kinds of Smart

Conversion is a start on the road of discipleship, but several more conversions lie ahead.

At a Glance

Studies are now emerging that debunk some previously held beliefs about the human brain. We reference a couple of them (see Sources). One such mistaken belief is that we only use 10 percent of our brains and that the rest of our noggin is like an uncharted cranial wasteland. Not true. From here, it's an easy leap to the epistle lesson on the need for divine wisdom and on its role in correcting the mistakes we make by relying too much on human wisdom.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Four Steps to Creative Discipleship," September 18, 1994, at

Have you heard that business about how we use only 10 percent of our brains at any given time? The 2011 movie Limitless takes that idea and runs with it, spinning a story about a writer who takes a secret experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. This causes him, until the drug wears off, to be the perfect version of himself, incredibly creative and...

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