If you are involved in a long-term course of study it is a good idea to keep a giant Master Mind Map reflecting the major sub-divisions, themes, theories, personalities and events in that subject. Every time you read a book or go to a lecture, you can record any major new insight on your Master Mind Map, thus creating an external mirror-image of your growing network of internal knowledge. In Chapter 27, page 271, a multiple-purpose Master Mind Map outlines their uses in handling a management emergency!
The Mind Map on page 243 on bird classification and 'orders' by Brian Heller, a devoted amateur ornithologist and senior executive with IBM, is an excellent example of such an external mirror-image. On a single page, Brian has managed to summarise a life-time of knowledge.
Those who have done this notice a surprising and rewarding trend. After a reasonable length of time, the boundaries of the Mind Map begin to edge into other subjects and disciplines. Thus the periphery of a Master Mind Map on psychology begins to touch on neurophysiology, mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, geography, meteorology, ecology, and so on.
This does not mean that your knowledge structure is disintegrating and moving too far from the point. It actually means that your knowledge is becoming so deep and extensive that it is beginning to relate to other areas of knowledge. This is the stage of intellectual development familiar to the great thinkers of history where all disciplines are found to relate to all others. It is also the stage at which your Master Mind Map helps you to contribute to the continuing expansion of human knowledge.
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