PersonalBrain is a fascinating program designed as a morph, or perhaps a better term is amalgamation, of a note-taking, knowledge-basing, mind-mapping, diagramming system. Succinctly, it is billed as “TheBrain – Visual Information Management.”
For an educational and truly amazing example of the system, watch the videos where James Burke is showing a mind-bending use of the system to demonstrate connections of people and events going back in history for centuries. The intro
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Burke’s knowledge web has thousands of “Thoughts” (as each piece of data is termed) with interrelationships that look like a million spiders on steroids must been weaving webs in a meth-induced frenzy! You gotta watch it.
From their site, you find these snippets
Helping People See Connections
Connections and relationships within your information make the difference between static content and actionable knowledge. For instance, sales personnel need to see how decision makers are connected to close a deal. Business managers need to see how brands and products fit into their industry landscape to make decisions. IT managers need to see relationships between their servers and applications to support user communities effectively. People need to understand the context of their information before taking action.
Containers Versus Links
Conventional file directory trees confine information to a strict hierarchical organization and are incapable of expressing the multi-layered relationships that exist in the real world.
These systems are incapable of expressing relationships the way you naturally think about them. TheBrain takes the opposite approach-it enables you to link information into a network of logical associations.
The Power of Association
TheBrain is an associative information organization system-any piece of information can be linked to any other piece. The power of TheBrain lies in the flexibility of these links. You can quickly create structures of information that reflect the way you think about your information. Each item triggers related items, bringing relevant information together as you need it.
There is a free personal version that for 30 days has all the features of their Pro system. I’m presently playing with it as an experiment to compare it with Evernote which is another powerful program that takes a different approach to information management. I am presently using it and have written about it briefly.