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The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential Paperback – March 1, 1996
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“This idea-rich, relentlessly upbeat manual proffers graphic images as an aid to unlock creative thinking or clarify emotions… will challenge and stimulate the open-minded.”—Publishers Weekly
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You do not need a deep understanding of cognitive functionality or brain anatomy to follow this book. It is simple, straight forward, and is a useful technique to be familiar with and to me can be applied (and should be applied) to every component of your lifestyle. But keep in mind - you should always be looking for ways to individualize and improve the approach Tony instructs.
The reason it gets three stars:
At around p.56 I was overcome with excitement to understand the intricate techniques of expressing my mind which Tony expresses very well. But than I came back to Amazon and decided to do something I have not done yet - Read the 1 star Reviews. After reading it for this book I re-designed my approach on acquiring books to better my understanding of reality and how to continually improve myself.
It was very eye opening the professional and respective insights peers gave around this book which I forever thank and owe my debt to them as it altered my perception of this book.
Most to all of his research can be somewhat viewed as scientifically incorrect - but in all fairness - this book was written between the 1970-2000 time period and neurology itself is very young in its development and research. So of course the science he is presenting will be debunked and re-theorized.
But what you need to take away from this book is that it is a basic foundation of how to utilize your mind. At the moment I am still continually searching for other mnemonic and neurological approaches to better enhancing the efficacy of my study & research. But this was a good novice guidance in the correct direction whereas prior I was a little misguided and sporadic in my studies.
Another big - HUGE to me personally - deficit is that a 1-star review commented that "Tony is a dubious salesman" and right away my mind was on high-alert for the evidence throughout his writing. I do not enjoy the pursuit of taking advantage of individuals for self-gain. This phrase in relation to Tony - he could possibly be selling something to make himself a profit at the cost of someone investing good time and hard work into a practice that may be flawed.
This practice has its flaws and they are easily able to adjust (much like other practices) so he does genuinely have good intentions and to me comes off as an individual who enjoys assisting others to be more efficient humans.
What is really noticeable is that ALL his recommendations throughout the book are books he wrote. For example:
p 213 2nd paragraph - (see the Edward Hughes story in Tony Buzan, Use Your Head, Chapter 1, pages 11-14).
This to me is a sales ploy as he understands you are interested in this book so much - that he wants you to continually purchase all his books. And he only ever makes references to books that he wrote. Also articles of research from time to time. And it is a frequent event throughout the book and I feel as though he is informing me "In case you forgot, you could expand your knowledge on this specific topic by purchasing my other book". Sales in itself really bothers me - sweet irony is that I currently work as a Sales Support Rep :(.
In contrast some other exemplary books I have read (Clean - by Dr Alejandro Junger) reference a plethora of outside sources that have nothing to do with his own self-benefit. They are just authors and articles he was inspired and influenced by to generate the type of advice he is offering.
The only time he does not do this somewhat is on p 217 where he references a book by Lana Israel - But he did co-write this book himself (keep in mind I am only on p 233 at this writing).
Of course this is all only my opinion and I am an extremist when it comes to encouraging constructive feedback (or just straight criticism) so please share your thoughts and hopefully I did not offend anyone. But by all means send me a response of any type of intelligent feedback and I will not be offended.
Hope this helps you with your purchase! Enjoy your pursuit of knowledge acquisition!
He went on to study Psychology, Biology, and Focusing techniques. Along the way he found many of the flaws in how the educational systems works. Many of his students quickly realized they had been deprived of any knowledge of what learning actually means, or how to learn.
The Mind Mapping System is for anyone who wants to work the controls on their own mind.
Radiant Thinking (from "to radiate", meaning "to spread or move in directions, or from a given centre") refers to associative thought processes that proceed from or connect to a central point. The other meaning of "radiant" are also relevant: "shining brightly", "the look of bright eyes beaming with joy and hope", and "the focal point of a meteoric shower" - similar to the "burst of thought".
The Mind Map is the external expression of Radiant Thinking. A Mind Map always radiates from a central image. Every word and image becomes in itself a subcentre of association, the whole preceding in potentially infinite chain of branching patterns away from or toward the common centre. Although the Mind Map is drawn on a two-dimensional page it represents a multi-dimensional reality, encompassing space, time and colour.
The first part of this book describes human brain, its design, architecture and function. The second part guides through the practical applications of the skills of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, demonstrating how they can be used each separately, and how you can them combine them in specific ways that multiply the advantages you get from using your brain. The third part gives the set of recommendations for using "Radiant Thinking" and "Mind Mapping", to increase the precision and freedom or your thinking. The fourth part gives an overview of all the different intellectual tasks that can be tackled with Mind Maps: making choices (decision-making), organizing your ideas (note-making), organizing other people's ideas (note-taking), creative thinking and advanced brainstorming, improving memory and imagination, and creating a group mind. The fifth part introduces computer software for Mind Maps.
The author claims that brain functions traditionally associated with one side of brain reinforces functions of another part of brain. Instead of saying "I'm not predisposed to some skill", you should say "I should develop this skill", because developing a skill in which you are weak develop the whole brain and reinforces the function or ability in which you think you a strong.
The book is full of vivid colour photographs which bring parallels between Nature, real world life, and Radiant Thinking and Mind Maps. There are also many sample Mind Maps throughout the book, some of them are state of art.
Top international reviews
this is the book that opened the doors to creativity,intelligence,joy and lot of money!!!!
having used" mind maps for more than 12 years ,i found out that what i was using were not mind maps at at all l!!
once i learnt the fundamentals of mind mapping,learning was never the same!!!
highly recommended if you are a sincere learner.
O Livro está com defeito na parte inferior, talvez alguma falha de gráfica, mas como não tinha mais produtos disponíveis, fiquei com esse mesmo.