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Factoid: "Brain Power" (Some light humor...)

edited November 2019 in Model 3
Did you know?

The average human brain consumes energy at the rate of about 12.6 watts, which about 20% of the consumption rate for the whole body at rest, which is 63 watts.
The brain apparently has no switches and consumes energy at that approximate rate day or night, awake or asleep and possibly even during a coma.

I suspect some are "dim-wits," and as a result consume less than 12w of power....

Happy Monday! :-)

Edit: Source; Scientific American

The Math

—Resting metabolic rate: 1300 kilocalories, or kcal, the kind used in nutrition
—1,300 kcal over 24 hours = 54.16 kcal per hour = 15.04 gram calories per second
—15.04 gram calories/sec = 62.93 joules/sec = about 63 watts
—20 percent of 63 watts = 12.6 watts


  • edited November -1
    Interesting. I remember some years ago seeing a study where they did PET scans of brains, and documented significantly higher brain energy consumption during intense intellectual activity, accounting for feelings of exhaustion similar to those from physical activity. Damned if I recall the source now, but it would seem to be at odds with yours.
  • edited November 2019
    We'll have to check if the phantom drain on HW2.5 is going to be less than HW3.0 ;) you know, just extending your 'dimwit' comment.
  • edited November 2019

    Most sources agree the brain consumes ~20% of the body's power. Sources vary on body power consumption, ranging from 60 watts to over 100 watts. Again, this post was intended for light humor.
  • edited November 2019
    Added Source to OP
  • edited November 2019
    Haha how much does Fish's brain use for precondition? Lol
  • edited November -1
    I work in the thermal comfort field. There's tons of numbers about how much heat a body puts out. Obviously affected by activity & size. We always just generically use 100W. Nice round number.
  • edited November 2019

    Do you agree, or not, with the 20% allocation for the brain?
  • edited November -1
    What if you precondition your brain for optimum learning?
  • edited November -1
    Damn, WhiteWi wins.
  • edited November 2019
    "Haha how much does Fish's brain use for precondition?"

    The answer is in an entirely different scale.
  • edited November -1
    If you're a hothead - is your brain consuming more power?

    If you're a cool cat - is your brain consuming less power?

    Inquiring minds want to know :)
  • edited November 2019
    it would be interestiing to see brain activiy during different activities.
    For example, in sports would there be more cerebellar activity since a lot is muscle memory?
  • edited November 2019
    @jeb - we never tried to break it down to that level, but having spent over 50 years on this earth (and witnessing the current administration and his supporters) makes me think that there is a yuge variation.
  • edited November 2019
    a poorly functioning brain might require more energy since it is less efficient
  • edited November 2019
    Leave politics out off here. Thanks
  • edited November 2019
    I wasnt commenting about politics
    It was about brain efficiency
    If you want to assert that is political
    It says more about you than me
  • edited November 2019
    "Effopec | November 18, 2019
    @jeb - we never tried to break it down to that level, but having spent over 50 years on this earth (and witnessing the current administration and his supporters)"
    @jimglas, I am not talking about you.
  • edited November 2019
    never mind .......
  • edited November 2019
    My brain uses approximately twelve watts, however, ten of those watts is used to keep my bald head warm. So, lm either very efficient or very dim.
  • edited November 2019

    Actually, watts used to ”heat the dome” come out of the other 80% of the 63 watt total!
  • edited November -1
    The subtlety of your humor is sublime!
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