View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:11 am



Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Mind Map 
Author Message

Joined: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:52 am
Posts: 2
Post Mind Map
Robert Heinlein supposedly coined the phrase mind map in one of his novels. I have read all of them over the past 30 years, and don't remember running across mind map. Does anyone know in which of his novels the phrase is found?


Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:34 am
Profile
Heinlein Nexus
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:10 am
Posts: 2232
Location: Pacific NorthWest
Post Re: Mind Map
I am fairly sure I never saw the term in any Heinlein writing. Wikipedia and numerous other web sources copying each other say that Buzan got his idea from Alfred Korzybski's General Semantics (likely) and s-f novels of Heinlein and van Vogt (less plausible). The mind map is a very simple thing, after all, and the additional fluff that Buzan imbued it with has since been stripped away as impediments. Put a concept in the center. Draw hierarchical radial lines with topics as they occur. Everything else, even the links between equivalent branches, is superfluous gravy.

It seems stretching things to credit anyone with an idea that's about as intuitive as socks. Heinlein spent far more time excavating the linguistic implications of General Semantics.


Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:45 pm
Profile WWW

Joined: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:52 am
Posts: 2
Post Re: Mind Map
Thank you very much for the clarification. I didn't think Heinlein ever said anything about mind mapping but I wanted to be sure.


Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:58 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 3 posts ] 

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 8 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by STSoftware for PTF