Mind Mapping. Mind Maps for Children.


 

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‘The Mind at Work and Play’ Robert Englefield
 
    Model Making
 
When an animal’s brain has evolved to the stage of forming in the mind, models or representations of the real world (by linking up of remembered sensory impressions) the way is opened to a new form of trial and error behaviour. Experimentation is now carried out, not on objects themselves, but on the models of the objects constructed in the mind. This procedure is the basis of thinking in all the higher animals including man.
 
    Language
 
The model-making situation is complicated by the invention of language. The effect of this is to enlarge the range of an individuals senses and enable people to share each other’s memories. This enlarges the scope for error, as we rely on words to infer another persons ideas, and words are often insufficient and imprecise.
 
Wikipedia
 
 
Mindmeister
 
 
Erich Fromm
 
Today in Capitalist and Communist society, many consider that the only knowledge worth having is that which will help them achieve some economic or bureaucratic goal, which they happen to think important. In Capitalist States this attitude of mind relegates the neo-cortex, that wondrous instrument of unimaginable sophistication to a near full time cash register. In Totalitarian Nations concentration on climbing the dangerous and slippery bureaucratic ladder, leads to fanaticism and religious fervour (fundamentalism) reminiscent of the Middle Ages. The brain becomes the humble servant of the state ideology. The individual counts for nothing. Thus, cruelty knows no bounds.
 
The balanced individual who worships neither money or power, needs a map of the natural and historical environment, which he inhabits.
 
Without a map, orientation is impossible, the trivial appears to be important and the mundane becomes profound. Russell writes, "A man should be aware of the minuteness of himself and his environment, in relation to the world in time and space. He should see his own age in relation to the past and the future. He should be conscious of the vastness of geological epochs and astronomical abysses. He should be aware of all this as a vast panorama, which enlarges the mind that contemplates it".
 
Without this panorama the individual may function with successful efficiency, but remains imprisoned in a machine, which he does not understand, but must pretend to himself that he does. 
 
Only. "Useless Knowledge" is capable of exposing the purpose and nature of the machine to rational enquiry about the life support machine in which he and his children live, breathe, and have their being! IT SURELY MERITS SOME ATTENTION!

 

Grayson Perry. Humankind’s Evolution, "A hunting, f… machine". http://www.bbc.co.uk/imagine/article/englishman.shtml
 
Freedom is the ability to choose courses of action and to make decisions that are based on an objective knowledge of the world. Without such knowledge primitive subjective feelings, values, and goals, remain the primary determinants of human action. Knowing this the unscrupulous manipulate the credulous." Ref, The Proper Structuralized View of the World.
 
Bewildered And Afraid
 
With regard to all basic questions, a great sector of our culture has just one function to "Befog the issue"! One kind of smokescreen is the assertion that the problems are too complicated for the, "Average individual to grasp"! On the contrary, it would seem that many of the basic issues are very simple, so simple in fact that, "Everyone Should Be Expected To Understand Them"!
                                 
To let them appear to be so enormously complicated that only a "specialist" can understand them tends to discourage people from trusting their own capacity to think. The result of this is two fold.
 
1) a scepticism and cynicism towards everything that is said or printed.
 
And, 
 
2) a childish belief in anything that is told with authority.
 
This combination of cynicism and naivety is typical of the modern individual.
                                 
Another way of paralysing the ability to think critically, is the absence of any kind of "Structuralised Picture Of The World" or "The Proper Structuralised View Of The World". Proper = Scientific, and an an outline knowledge of Cosmology, Evolution, and the History and Prehistory of Man. (HEC) 
                                 
Facts lose the specific quality, which they can have only as parts of a structuralised whole, and retain merely, an abstract quantitative meaning, each fact is just another fact, and all that matters is whether we know more or less. The Media have a devastating effect on this score. The announcement of the bombing of a city or the deaths of hundreds of people, is shamelessly followed by an advertisement for soap, or wine, those of a fashion show follow pictures of war. The trite thoughts or breakfast habits of a fashionable nonentity are reported with the same seriousness as events of a Scientific or Artistic importance.
                                 
Because of all this, we cease to be genuinely related to what we hear, our emotions and our critical judgement become hampered, and eventually, our attitude to what is going on in the world assumes a quality of flatness and indifference. Life loses all structure, it is composed of many little pieces, each separate from the other and lacking any sense as a whole.
                                 
The individual is left alone with these pieces, like a child with a puzzle. The difference, however, is that the child knows what a house is, and therefore, can recognise the parts of the house in the little pieces he is playing with. Whereas, the adult does not see the meaning of the whole, with the pieces which come into his hands, he is bewildered and afraid, and just goes on gazing at his little meaningless little pieces.
                                 
Economic crisis, unemployment, war, govern man’s fate. Man has built his world, he has built houses and factories, he produces cars and clothes, he grows grain and fruit. But, he has become estranged from the products of his own hands, he is not really the master any more of the world he has built, on the contrary: this man made world has become his master before whom he bows down, whom he tries to placate or to manipulate as best he can. The work of his own hands has become his God. He seems to be driven by self-interest, but in reality, his total self with all its concrete potentialities, has become an instrument for the purposes of the very machine his hands have built.
 
Children, and adults, by the use of their guile, must try and escape from this not so modern reality; they will not get much help (Ref, ‘Knowledge is Power’ ‘The Boy Scientist 1926’)  from being turned into ghastly depressing ‘widgets’,  and being the slaves to performance – within our present and horrible ‘target society or culture’.
 
He keeps up the illusion of being the, "Centre of the World", and yet, he is pervaded by an intense sense of insignificance and powerlessness, which his ancestors once consciously felt toward God.
                                 
Condensed in part from, ‘The Fear of Freedom’ Dr Erich Fromm. Historian. Lewis Mumford, writes of one of Fromm’s books, "If any single book could bring mankind to it senses this book might qualify for that miracle".
 
Saving Planet Earth
 
"To have a society of labourers, it is of course not necessary that every member actually be a labourer or worker, not even emancipation of the working class and its enormous potential power, which majority rule accords to is decisive here, but only that all members consider whatever they do primarily as a way to sustain their own lives and those of their families". Hannah Arendt ‘The Human Condition’.
 

Structuralisation of the everyday life…In view of that fact the behavioral disorders in autism can be seen as … (or encourage them) to orientate themselves in the world in which they live. … http://www.autisticthai.org/newaus/download/Presentation_DrLaser.doc Barack Obama Statement in Support of World Autism Awareness Day and Awareness Month http://www.barackobama.com/2008/04/02/obama_statement_in_support

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About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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