The Following is a response that developed into a better question relating to the article, MindMapping with our Time Travelling Brain and moved to a discussion forum in the MindManager yahoo group.

I find this(MindMapping with greater sensory Perception tuning,training and development) very interesting from the perspective that through many years of growing a user base (900,000 MindManager users now) there is a new potential study group out there that is using mindmaps in a way that was not possible with paper based versions.

In the past we could look at how fast a person could pick up information from looking/reading at a mindmap.

But after many years of MM users learning the skills and practicing them on  aregular basis, we now have a new area of potential study.  Something like:

  • What is the impact of MindMapping on Composition and the feedback loop of composition?
  • On the individual composing?
  • On the group composing together?

In creating a mindmap by myself, I can rapidly pull ideas floating in my mind and put them into position on my mindmap and repeat this idea after idea, rapidly moving throughout my thoughts organizing them as I go.

I find that I can pull in a much more comprehensive perspective than I could if I were writing in word (I’m sure many mindmappers would agree).

Similarly this also works in a group.

The question is how big of a difference is this really?  How much better is the quality of the composition?  How much more complete?  Is there more quantity?

Is this spurred on by the real time, almost real time, faster than time aspect of the immediate visual impact of pulling the idea from my mind and turning it into a visual object. 

maybe to put it a different way, as a student of languages in the past, its one thing to be able to think in your language and translate to another.  Once you can think in another language that is an entirely different order of magnitude of capability(not to mention dreaming in a foreign language).

Is there an order of magnitude difference in composition with MM users that have ceased to only think in words but now also think in images?  Artists have been doing this for years, but their application and profession take them down a different path.

MM usres are often words smiths, project managers, managers, programmers and more.  We often come from a word / language driven background and we have learned through MM to think visually.

so after doing this for so many years, where have we ended up?  have we learned something new about ourselves along the way?  About our capabilities?  About our needs and goals to take this journey to a new level?
My thoughts are that there are three areas that will drive the future of this work and we cover them here in this group with a little regularity.

1.  Three dimensional mindmapping combined with a collaborative wiki approach to mindmapping

2.  Adding Audio sensory capabilities to MM

3.  Adding video capabilities (images in vector form if you will) – an image may provide a thousand  words, but a 20 second video at 30 frames per second can provide 600,000 words – if we have the big picture context to absorb it.

To understand where we will go next, we need a slightly more complete understanding of where we are today, physically, mentally and in action.
Then we can review the order of magnitude changes from
1.  Language thinker to
2.  2d MM visual image thinker to
3.  3d MM Audio/Video Collaborative Thinkers

Do you grok?    🙂

For more informatin on this topic see the conversation unfold in the Mindmanager Yahoo Group under the thread MindMapping with our Time Travelling Brain.