Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

Some Great Books About Intelligence

November 3, 2012

Thought I would share comments on a variety of books that speak to the questions, What is intelligence, and how can you develop more of it?

The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential, by Tony Buzan

Tony Buzan has written many books, but this is one I have actually read. Buzan is known as a memory guru. Mind mapping (similar to a method sometimes called idea mapping) is an extremely useful tool for planning, outlining, and note-taking. It is also inherently a memory aid. I use mind mapping constantly in my work as a teacher, student, writer, and consultant. It is probably the most useful tool I know.

On Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins is the creator of the PalmPilot. The interesting thing is that he was cross-trained as both a computer scientist and a neuroscientist. He merges those two disciplines in this book about how the brain works. He also discusses artificial intelligence and puts forth some useful ideas about what a truly intelligent machine might be like.

Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman

Goleman introduces here the important concept of emotional intelligence and how it translates into productivity in the workplace. Emotionally intelligent people are those who exhibit such qualities as empathy, a collaborative spirit, and ambition.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshue Foer

A delightful exploration of memory — what it is and how it can be developed. This book has helped me to understand more clearly the concept of the “memory palace” and how to use it as a memory tool. Foer describes his year-long effort to train himself to be a “mental athlete.”

ARB — 2 Nov. 2012


Why You Really Need to Carry a Pocket Notebook

August 26, 2010

One of my all-time best practices as a thinker is to carry a pocket notebook. This allows you to capture ideas at the moment they occur to you. Recording an idea at the moment of inspiration is crucial, as you will lose most ideas if you wait to write them down later.

A great article on this topic appears on Brett and Kate McKay’s Art of Manliness web site — see “The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook.” The McKays found some great historical quotes about pocket notebooks, such as this one from a doctor, written in 1918:

When I started in practice, I got in the habit of putting many of my spare moments (had plenty of them!) into studying up some of the rarer diseases that we had to deal with. I would read up all I could find on one subject, then I would take some time in thinking it over, then I would formulate a plan of treatment and write it out in a pocket-notebook. In after years, that old notebook helped me out of a good many difficult situations; and some of the best work I have ever done has come from those notes.

From Toothpaste for Dinner comes this great cartoon:

Why you need to write down your ideas

AB — 26 August 2010