This book is designed as an adventure to entice, delight, stimulate and challenge you. You will discover some astonishing facts about your brain and its function, and will take your first major steps on the path to freedom of mind. The Mind Map Book has five main purposes:
1 To introduce you to a new concept in the development of thought -Radiant Thinking.
J To give you a profound intellectual freedom by demonstrating that you can control the nature and development of your thinking processes, and that your ability to think creatively is theoretically infinite.
T To give you practical experience of Radiant Thinking, and in so doing to raise significantly the standard of many of your intellectual skills and intelligences.
S To give you a sense of excitement and discovery as you explore this new universe.
Organisation of divisions
To accomplish these goals, the book has been arranged in six major divisions: 1 Natural Architecture
In this division you are introduced to the most up-to-date information about the human brain, its design, architecture and function. You are shown that many of the great thinkers of history (referred to in this book as the Great Brains) used skills that are available to everyone. You are then shown why, despite this, more than 95 per cent of people experience major problems in such areas as thinking, memory, concentration, motivation, organisation of ideas, decision-making and planning.
This division also introduces you to Radiant Thinking and Mind Mapping, demonstrating how each is a natural offshoot of the brain's fundamental structure, and how each can improve dramatically your mental performance.
The Foundations division guides you through the practical applications of the skills of the left and right hemispheres of your brain, demonstrating how you can use each separately, and how you can then combine them in specific ways that multiply dramatically the advantages you get from using your brain. The result is the complete Mind Mapping technique (explained in chapter 9).
In this division you are given the complete set of laws and recommendations for using Radiant Thinking and Mind Mapping to best advantage. These laws and recommendations are designed to increase the precision and freedom of your thinking.
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In conjunction with this advice on how best to do a Mind Map, you are given guidance and encouragement to develop your own personal style of Mind Mapping.
The Synthesis division gives you an overview of all the different intellectual tasks you can successfully tackle with Mind Maps. These include: making choices (decision-making), organising your own ideas (note-making), organising other people's ideas (note-taking), creative thinking and advanced brainstorming, improving memory and imagination, and creating a group mind.
The Uses division is your menu of Mind Map applications. This is itself subdivided into:
• Business and Professional
These headings represent the areas in which Mind Maps are most frequently used. In each area you will learn a full range of specific and practical Mind Mapping skills. These are designed to give you a comprehensive tool kit for your intellectual life and work. Specific applications include self-analysis, problem-solving, memory, essay-writing, management and meetings. The division ends with the first-ever introduction of computer-Mind Maps and a glimpse of a mentally literate future.
This division has been included as a back-up for all that has gone before, and also for your amusement and entertainment. Consequently you will find information, which is given on the Natural Architecture Plates and Notes by the Great Brains, presented as straight data or, alternatively, as quizzes.
This is a collection of 17 notes from 14 of the world's great thinkers selected from the fields of art, science, politics and literature. To make this a quiz, opposite: Natural Architecture Plate 2
examine each note and attempt to identify its creator. The highest score on this quiz at the time of going to press was seven out of 17 - see if you can beat it! (For the answers to this quiz, see page 307.)
Throughout the book you will find images taken from the animal, vegetable, mineral and conceptual worlds which demonstrate nature's architecture. These have also been arranged as an optional quiz. The object is to see if you can recognise nature's maps, each of which mirrors in its own special way the structure and thinking patterns of your brain. At the time of going to press, the highest score in this quiz was 15 out of a possible 31. (See page 305 for the answers.)
For those who wish to continue their study of the brain, this section includes details of books, training courses, video tapes and audio tapes, as well as the Mind Map Kit, the Universal Personal Organiser, and other Buzan products. You can also find out how to join the Brain Club, an international organisation designed to promote Mental Literacy and help you increase your mental, physical and spiritual awareness.
The Bibliography includes novels, popular science and more traditional scientific volumes on the brain. It also mentions a number of research papers, should you wish to go further into this endlessly fascinating subject.
ORGANISATION OF CHAPTERS
1 Chapter design
Each chapter in The Mind Map Book contains the following main elements:
• a natural architecture plate shows an image from the natural world reflecting Mind Map and Radiant Thinking forms
• a preview of the chapter content
• a foreword introducing the main thrust of the chapter
• the chapter itself
• an onword, linking each chapter with the next.
Throughout The Mind Map Book you will find boxed areas in the text. These are the passages our students have repeatedly asked us to emphasise, as they have proved especially helpful in their learning.
Throughout the book a f at the start of a paragraph indicates the beginning of an area of text in which research stories are provided to show why it is so important to follow the recommendations made throughout The Mind Map Book.
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