Free your mind!
Example below!Mind Mapping
is a technique
of using and improving memory
The concept of Mind Maps were first introduced in the book Use Your Head in
1974 by Tony Buzan. Tony was a frustrated university student that realized
the vast amount of academic information he had to take in. Trying to resolve his
studying problems, he became interested in learning mechanisms, and how people memorize and think
creatively. He started using different techniques on students with learning
problems and came up with what is now called Mind Mapping.
One of the central ideas behind Mind Maps is what is called Radiant Thinking.
This is the idea that thought processes do not interconnect with each other non-linear, but from a central point and outward. Or much like
E2 I guess, where
new links between nodes of information are created daily, non-linear, although the existence
of some soft-links are dubious...
The disadvantages of standard, linear, note taking are
- Key words and ideas hidden in the text mass - prevents association between
important key concepts
- Hard to remember content of uniform text
- Time wasting - Requires reading and writing of unnecessary text
This all inhibits creativity, memory and intelligence to work properly.
Mind Mapping is most widely used for brainstorming, which is a natural way to
use it. Brainstorming is inherently an associative process, where you let ideas
evolve in their own direction. But you can also use it successfully for note
taking, planning, preparing lectures, studying, and
problem solving. Boeing has used group Mind Mapping with as many as 100 engineers just to
transfer knowledge between projects.
Since E2 is not a very graphical environment, it is hard to come up with a
very good "How to make Mind Maps"-guide without examples. Anyway,
here's an ASCII version of a example Mind Map with the important things to
remember when mind mapping.
Order t d
\ n a i
\ | unlined
/ /\ |
embrace / / \ Paper--Start--Centre
/ Structure | colorfull
/ \ | /
association/ \ | /
| \ | |-> pictures-> codes
| ************* | \
| * Mind Mapping *-------USE---->| \ space
use * Rules * ! |
show / ************* | | codes
develop / I | |->color---X-> plenty
Exaggerate / I | | thoroughly
\ / I | |
personal --STYLE I | | uppercase
/ I / | /
fun --/ I / |-> word --- 1 per line
beautiful --/ LINES / \
I / find
Mind Map® is a registered trademark of the Buzon Organisation.
Source: The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan. Check also http://www.mind-map.com