"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."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


[continued from the Last Post.]

The root of the word 'absurd' comes from the Latin surdus, ‘deaf or mute,’ a translation of the Arabic jadr asamm, a ‘deaf root.’ To hear, to listen, to pay attention; all valuable skills
in creative communication.

Our vision monopolises our senses. Our eyes are emblems of our status as predators. Prey have eyes at the sides of their heads, for increased peripheral vision and heightened alertness. Most predators have eyes set right on the front of their heads, like owls, and humans. This provides them with binocular vision that enables 3-D imagery to be recognised.

We are now steeped more than ever in a visual culture. The eyes however, are light gatherers; true seeing takes place in the brain. It is the mind’s eye, the sensuist eye, that allows us to picture real as well as imaginary events.

Learn with all your senses. Your memories then become remembrances. In this way, learning and creativity merge to form a union that is illuminated with constant novelty.

The synchrony of our senses helps us discover the beauty of our consciousness.

Synaesthesia is the secret of great artists and scientists. It is the synergy of all our senses. And our senses are the conduits of pleasure, of pain, and the ‘midwives of intelligence.’ We must cultivate our senses. They enable us to exhibit power of persuasion and clarity of expression.

Map your mind with Mind Maps, the brainchild of Tony Buzan. This is a creativity technique that twinkles with life.

Immerse yourself in its radiance.

Further Reading on Mind Maps:

'The Mind Map Book' by Tony Buzan, 'Superbrain', 'Brainfinity', and 'Braindancing' by Dilip Mukerjea, 'Thinking For a Change', by Michael Gelb.


Create a central image that represents an experience you have had, such as falling in love, debating about an issue, working on a project, climbing a mountain, water skiing, etc. Relive in your mind the diverse sensations that correspond to your five senses. Expand the Main Branches, one for each sense.

[Excerpted from 'Surfing the Intellect: Building Intellectual Capital for a Knoweldge Economy', by Dilip Mukerjea. All images in this post are the intellectual capital of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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