Implications

On considering the Mind Map our host has created, it is clear that any of the key words or images could be placed at the centre of a new Mind Map which would again radiate outwards.

Bearing this in mind, any Mind Map is potentially infinite. In view of its radiant nature, every key word or image added to a Mind Map itself adds the possibility of a new and greater range of associations, which themselves add the possibilities of new and greater ranges, and so on ad infinitum. This demonstrates yet again the infinite associative and creative nature of every normal human brain.

It also completely contradicts the widely held belief that the generation of ideas is much more difficult than the editing and organising of those ideas. If our Mind Mapping ability is infinite, the only difficulty is deciding when to stop; though the Mind Map can help with this decision as well.

By contrast, linear notes in the form of lists directly oppose the workings of the mind, in that they generate an idea and then deliberately cut it off from the ideas preceding and following it. By continually disassociating each idea from its context, they stunt and cauterise the natural thinking process.

Lists rein in the free-ranging movement of the brain, eventually reducing it to stasis and establishing narrow neural pathways of thought that increasingly reduce the probability of creativity and recall.

fThe reason why lists do this is that they act in direct opposition to the associative nature of the brain. As an idea is set down it is 'finished with', divorced from the ideas which precede or follow it. This constant guillotining of new thoughts is one of the major factors behind the appalling international statistics on the generation of creative ideas. In the Torrance tests, for example, where subjects are asked to think of as many uses (associations) for a given idea as possible, the average number - given as much time as the student wishes is a paltry 26. This, in the face of evidence that had the student known about Radiant Thinking, he or she would have scored in the multiple millions before giving up through sheer exhaustion.

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