"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Monday, March 23, 2009


Thoughts do not generally come to us in straight lines, between margins, all neatly sorted out. They are born as fuzzy images on the edges of our conscious minds. These 'edgy images' then become a little clearer (as shown above, by the various light bulbs around the centre).

A collection of such random images may move toward a central zone of focus (or they may stay on the edges and become the centres of other edgy thoughts).

Most ideas come from the edges. They can be refined as edgy ideas, or left to keep travelling 'inwards'. Those that coalesce to become the central zone of focus, (the large light bulb above) can be used as the central image of a Mind Map to trigger more ideas.

An Example of Thought-Streaming

Inventing a Sea Plane:

As you can see from the garland of images forming the edges of the outside circle, the sea plane is a composite of edgy ideas that swoosh in towards the centre. Each of these edgy ideas is also a synthesis of other edgy ideas. This is how the human brain propels evolution.

The central image thus formed is now ready to become the starting point of a Mind Map.

It has become our zone of focus, from which a spray of additional ideas emerge.

This starting point has been created from millions of other micro-starting points. The micro-zones of foci drift across our minds, inviting us to use them in our night- and day-dreams. Most keep drifting. To catch them, you need a purpose, an intention, which has a force of its own.

Then. "automatically", like individual bulbs in a chandelier.

This is a the birth of a Mind Map!

[Excerpted from 'Unleashing Genius with The World's Most Powerful Learning Systems', by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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