Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mind Mapping

mind mapping
My favourite moments in reading a book is when I discover a book inside a book. Say, I am reading a book and then suddenly there is a reference to some other book, the title of which looks very interesting. I would then google or amazon it and find to my surprise an entirely new subject that I would have never come across before or would have heard only very vaguely about.
Of the many such instances, the one that stands out was a couple of years ago when I was reading How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb. The sub-title of this book is Seven Steps To Genius Every Day so obviously I was attracted to it. In any case to study Leonardo is always fascinating.
However this blog is not about this book. It is about another one that is referred in ere. And that is Mind Mapping.
This is what How To Think ... has to say about Mind Mapping.

"While all the principles in this book can help you balance your hemispheres and awaken your latent DA Vincian capabilities, you can concentrate on that balance by using one simple, tremendously powerful method for cultivating a synergy between Arte and Scienza in your everyday thinking, planning, and problem solving. The method is called mind mapping.

Mind mapping is a whole-brain method for generating and organizing ideas, originated by Tony Buzan (yeah the same guy you met here), and largely inspired by Da Vinci's approach to note taking."

The best thing about Mind Mapping is that we actually indulge in it fairly regularly without realizing it - it goes by the name, doodling. Mind mapping is an advanced version of doodling.

Note: The picture used here belongs to Max Brown. To see more of his photographs visit his gallery.

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