An often cited statistic is that most people are using about 10% of their brains. This is far from accurate as virtually all of the brain material is engaged in various processes from breathing to hunger. But, according to T.D. Wilson of the Harvard University Press, conscious processing is estimated to account for less than a thousandth of a percent of all sensory information processed. If you expect to learn through conscious thinking, utilizing 10% of your brainpower is actually aiming pretty high.