The Power of a Mind to Map: Tony Buzan at TEDxSquareMile


Translator: Muna Muhaureq
Reviewer: Hélène Vernet How many of you have suffered
and do suffer from information overload? Everybody. This is one of the biggest causes
of physical and mental disease in the history of the planet. So we move from that age,
we’re not in it. And if we think we are,
then we think in the wrong way. Wrong formula! So the new age actually has already begun,
called “The Knowledge Age.” How many of you have heard
about knowledge management? And who are the children
going to be taught to be? Knowledge workers. And think how? Knowledgeably. Which is wonderful. It all sounds good, doesn’t it? And it doesn’t! It doesn’t because the directors
of management – the knowledge management – actually got together
after a couple of years and said that it doesn’t really work. Why doesn’t it work? They discovered that there is something
far more important to manage than to manage knowledge. What do you think it is that is more important
to manage than knowledge? Yes, many ideas. People say, ” Time,”
or “Money,” ” Other people.” There’s one thing that is most important. You have to manage
the manager of knowledge. And what is the manager of knowledge? (Audience) The brain. It’s interesting that you
all point to this, right? The management of the manager
of knowledge is the brain. And what tools does our human brain, what tools does it use? It uses its multiple intelligences. Multiple! Obviously: verbal, numerical, logical, but also physical, sensual, creative, ethical, spiritual intelligences. That’s the new age in which we will be. How will the planet begin
to think during that time? That should be an easy
and immediate response. In the intelligence age,
how will everybody begin to think? (Audience) Intelligently. Intelligently! (Laughter) At last, the world will begin
to think intelligently. And intelligently about what? About agriculture, about industry, about information, about technology, about knowledge, and most importantly,
think intelligently about intelligence. So, what will the child become? What will the child be like? It will become like a flower. It will become like an intelligence bloom. The child will become
an intelligence worker. And think the future in which
all the children are intelligence workers. A wonderful future to look forward to. So let’s look at how intelligence
itself actually works. I’m going to ask you to imagine
that you are a piece of equipment. You’re a supercomputer. I’m going to give you a piece of data, and I want you to check
what does your brain do. How long does it take to access it? What does the brain give it? And are there any colors
or associations related to it? Are you ready?
(Audience) Yes. The piece of data I want you to access is: “mango.” (Humming) OK. First of all, how long
did it take you to access it? Yes, and all of you are doing:
(Finger snap) What does that mean? That means instantaneously,
in a microsecond. Phenomenal! No supercomputer can do that
from your infinite database. So if you worked out how we do that,
you’ll get a Nobel Prize. And you’ll get it
(Finger snap) just like that. (Laughter) So did you get a nice little
m-a-n-g-o print out? And all your heads are going “No.” What did you get?
(Audience) A picture. A picture. How many of you got a picture
or an image with colors and associations? Everybody. And I’ve done field surveys
around the world, it’s everybody. So welcome, ladies and gentlemen,
to the human race! (Laughter) Because this is how
our brains actually work: image. It could be anything, couldn’t it? It could be your mom. It could be a mango. It could be an insect, anything. The way the brain works
with radiant associations, colors, multiple sensories linking out. So, the two key words
for which the brain works are this … and this. Now what do you think
my personal main language is? Quickly. English. What’s your personal language?
(Audience) French. French, English, Pakistani,
lots of different languages. No! No! This is the human language. The human language is imagination
and multiple sensory associations. That’s the way we all speak primarily. The other languages,
verbal, are subroutine – important second routine. And that is the genesis
of all creativity, all thinking. And that’s how mind maps
are generated as well. Here’s an example. This is one study in American Mexico with young children and their creativity. General creativities show that as people
get older, creativity does what? It goes down. And everybody knows it
and all the studies prove it. And that is “normal.” However, that’s the bad news. The good news is: it is not natural, as you are about to see, one of the most moving
and delightful moments of my life. This is a study done with little children. They were asked to generate as many ideas or uses for a paperclip
they could think of in ten minutes. This is the first example. Here is a little boy. In ten minutes, he generated four ideas. Four ideas! His researcher, lady Emmerick Jenkins,
taught him for one hour only that radiant human language
and thus, mind maps. He had one hour lesson. Then he was asked the same question:
how many can you think of? He was thinking of an elastic band. How many uses for an elastic band? Same time, same paper,
same fundamental equipment, same brain, one hour later,
that’s what he did. (Laughter) Twenty-two ideas. And he got no more marks
for anything else. But you look at those lovely
little circles, what are they? They’re his feet. Those are his little trousers. Those are his little hands. And what’s that rising sun
above the elastic band? That’s his head. And when he did it,
in the beginning of the first test, he was saying, “I can’t.
I’m not very creative. I’m not creative,” vocally. When he did that, he looked up
at the researcher and said, “I’m a genius!” (Laughter) And he is! I mean, look at it! That’s one hour before
from the information age. One hour later
from the intelligence age. And that mind map
is a flower of intelligence. So all around the planet,
there are these flowers of intelligence. And one flower is the real power. That is the power of intelligence, the power of you, the power of every brain on the planet. So, that is really flower power. (Laughter) That’s flower power. So, let me just tell you a couple
of stories and then conclude. First of all, the baby,
and we’ll talk about science. You notice, by the way,
that that little mind map, the boy, shows that intelligent thinking,
mind mapping, radiant thinking is egalitarian. It’s egalitarian. It’s the equal opportunity of every brain, every person on the planet
to be brilliant, as indeed they are. So science. What is a scientist? You all know that you’re not a scientist? Therefore, you know what it is you’re not. So what’s a scientist? A scientist is not some weak person
in a white lab coat, in a dangerous stinking laboratory. A scientist is a person who follows
the experimental methodology: hypothesis – an idea – the prediction that this
may happen – the experiment – then you get the result,
you do the comparison, you make your conclusion,
you have your summary, and then you continue
to the next experiment. Babies are often written about
as the real example of the fundamental aggressive
or violent destructive nature of the human being. May I have a piece of paper? I’m a baby. You’ve given me
a piece of paper. You’ve given me two. (Laughing) Will you get this piece of paper
back in this way? (Laughter) No. So what happens? In every country around the planet,
male or female, this. (Laughter) What’s the little baby?
(Audience) A scientist. A pure scientist. (Laughter) What is the engineering, mechanical,
tensile strength of this material? Check it as a musical instrument. (Laughter) What is the social economic value of this? Anybody want some? (Laughter) Stick it in the billion faceted
chemical laboratory. (Laughter) Not so good. Try it as a musical instrument
and then what? (Audience) Throw it. Throw it away …
On to the next experiment. How many of you were babies? (Laughter) How interesting! (Laughter) So now you’re 3-4-5 years old
and you’re walking with mommy and daddy. There’s a big puddle there,
surrounded by little and larger stones. What’s the hypothesis
in the 3-4-5-year-old child’s brain? What’s the hypothesis?
(Audience) A big splash. Yes. Little stone,
probably a little splash. Pop! Correct. Next hypothesis? Bigger rock, bigger splash. Let’s try that! Wreow, bang! Yes! Third hypothesis is what?
(Audience) Jump. (Laughter) I’m bigger than that rock. (Laughter) Look at this. Wham! The big splash! Scientist. How many of you
play around with your food? Oh, interesting! Everybody. Ladies and gentlemen,
how many of you are scientists? All of you. All of you. All experimenters.
All child-like. And once upon a time, 15 minutes ago,
you thought you weren’t one. And so does the whole planet. And TED is a real intelligence agent in showing people who they really are. You’re scientists. Imagine that the entire
planet believes that. You are not poets. How many of you have written
one or two poems in your life, little poems to mommy, daddy, grandpa,
little animal, brother, sister, new lover, something painful, something happy? How many of you
have written a little poem? Everybody. How can you say you’re not poets,
when you write poetry? You’re obviously poets. How many of you are poets? All of you. So imagine spending
the rest of your life as a poet and a day-dreamer,
where that power lies. “Pow-er,” is what it is, isn’t it? “Pow-ers!” and that fires poetry. And imagination does. And my final story,
which is sad but very informative: When I was younger, I was travelling in the underground
behind a little girl and her mom. The tube was going faster and faster. For the first time in my life, I thought,
it’s going to crash. It’s going too fast. As I first thought that,
the little girl says to mommy, “Mommy, it’s going so fast,
we can go in into tomorrow. (Laughter) And then we can tell daddy
what’s going to happen.” And I thought, “Wow!” And as I thought that, bang! “Don’t do that! Don’t do that again! That’s stupid. Think properly!” And there was a little
five-year-old girl, Einsteinium, and the day-dream was crushed out. So around the planet, we have crushed, we have shackled, we have restrained, we have trained inappropriately
creativity and poetry. And you are all poets. You are all therefore artists. You are all scientists. You are all child-like. You are therefore going
to be warriors of the mind, because that’s what
it’s all about, isn’t it? You are warriors of the mind
and its beauty. And one of the perfect examples of that is the poet laureate Ted Hughes,
who was one of my best friends. His whole focus was to take
all the children and show them that their imagination, that their day-dreaming
was everything that was important. And that’s how they would grow. That’s how they would
become real humans. And they were all by definition poetic. So let me end, waving my wand. This is far more powerful
than Harry Potter’s wand. This is the colors for the brain –
all the colors you love – that will inform
and ignite your brilliance. Ted Hughes loved
the poems about the eagle. He thought of children … as eggs that needed to be looked after and incubated so that they could then fly. So, I wrote for him and for you a poem about his spirit, his vast spirit of a grown working poet who said – and I confirm, ” Every brain is phenomenally powerful, can therefore make
all kinds of difference, can work for the better future
of the planet.” “So Ted was like
a giant eagle in his eyrie, brooding vastly, gigantically, over the fragile eggshells of the minds, the brains of the children. Let them fly!” That is a gift from Ted, through me, for you, the warriors
of the mind, the poets. This is a gift for you, from … TED. (Laughter) Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “The Power of a Mind to Map: Tony Buzan at TEDxSquareMile

  1. He is a true Genius and has liberated so many minds to actually start using them to  their full potential.  What a gift to humanity.

  2. Nice ideas, but 5 minutes would be totally sufficient. This is just too long and boring. Plus there is not a single thing about actual mind mapping.

  3. LOL I read this as the power of the mind to NAP…How impt taking a nap is etc…

  4. Sadly missing a key characteristic of all humans:  sin.  The human brain can be used for good or evil.  Who defines good or evil?  That is the TED question.  I think the current world events underline that evil exists and that intelligence is a tool for evil as well as good.  I would not be so optimistic about humans EVER solving human problems using intelligence.  Use mindmaps to understand how humans USE their intelligence to think and implement evil. 

  5. I sense a trace of psychopathy in the tenor of his presentation…. Those eyes. And that accent.

  6. That generalized  issue about mango does not seem to have taken account of people who do not know about colors. I am talking about blind people. This shows that it is inaccurate to generalize about how our brain works.

  7. Nuestro cerebro tiende a buscar tanto el patrón o diseño como la terminación, y son los mapas mentales los que satisfacen esa tendencia

  8. absolute waste of time. learnt nothing about mind maps, and after hearing this guy say completely meaningless shit for 20 minutes, it has put me off learning this topic for good

  9. I feel as the luckiest person to live during such brilliant blooming mind season!
    During 37 years I felt as a disorganized person because I could´t manage all my knowledge. However, since my 1st time using Mind Maps, I´ve just got completed 35th course in the last 12months only! Each day I´ll be able of contributing more and more for our Planet! 
    Thank you so much Mr Tony Buzan! Maybe one day I´ll be able of really express how glad I really am! Gratitute!

  10. I apologise if this has been said a thousand times already . But I'm wondering why schools don't teach children this right from the start? I believe that some do, from age 15 onwards as an aid to 'A level' (Uk) study. But why leave it that late, why not before?

  11. Appreciate Video clip! Forgive me for chiming in, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you tried – Mahorrla Hypnosis Ways Method (search on google)? It is a smashing one off product for mastering the power of hypnosis minus the normal expense. Ive heard some interesting things about it and my cooworker at very last got amazing success with it.

  12. Wow, never before I have seen so much hot steam being produced during a speech.

    Creativity and idea generation isn't everything you know, you have to be able to judge and analyze the material with your logical skills, otherwise you are left with a mountain of useless data where every piece seems to be of equal value. And in the information age of the internet, the production of content isn't really the problem anymore is it? It is the sorting out of useless information, like this video for example, which wasted ten minutes of my precious time.

  13. I can't say enough about how the development of mind mapping has enhanced my personal studies and creativity. I enjoyed hearing Mr. Buzan speaking of this after having used mind maps since the early 90's. Keyboard critics ought to try the method out rather than throwing darts at someone who is sharing his life's work with us for free.

  14. Amazing!
    All the human brains connected in a master mind way could reach the stars and beyond

  15. Thank you, All the flowers are beautiful
    All the babies are beautiful

  16. congrats tony on this years golden gavel award from toastmasters international!!!

  17. this man the lord of minds . ive read most of his books and all practical and beneficiary

  18. Dear Tony, you really don't have to raise your voice like that, I almost fell off my chair.

  19. I have a method where I Read a book starting from the back to the front, I then consider if I have worked out what happened to arrived to the conclusion the book is worth reading…and will read it the correct.

  20. I hate how his site claims he is the "Inventor of Mind Mapping". While he also says "This is the natural way of how your brain works". Wich I know is true because I came up to this idea all by myself. I got all excited first to be the first one to discover this. But I guess not.

  21. Very efficient method to organize the information whenever we suffer any information overload, it helps us in knowledge management . Mind maps are really effective in learning, remembering by using our imagination associated with anything that our mind aspire in a very creative manner that helps us to remember for long and boost our creativity too.

  22. Being a daydreamer and struggling with the traits of ADHD school labelled me a failure, highlighted my flaws and left me feeling like a hopeless loser, but after discovering Tony Buzan I went on to become an A student at university and attained my degree with ease.

    More importantly, I realised it was not me who was flawed; it's the school system.

  23. Thanks TEDx for capturing Tony at his best. As the Buzan Centre in Australia since 2001, we know how special his goal of Global Mental Literacy is, and it's why we support it and his work.

  24. waste of time .. this video should be named "Everyone is a scientist", because it says nearly nothing about the mind mapping

  25. Years ago I took a course on teaching and they used what was called people mapping and it went around to how you think and how you want to present anything in lecture form so this is very close to what the professor here is talking about

  26. That paper clip list improvement by that child is just because he has tried his brain at first than he has engaged into thinking in the first place which leads to further improvement of thought next time, whether he is taught or not.

    A bit like the fact that if you dip your hand in iced water take it out and put it back in again, the next time you are able to keep it in longer.   Magicians have used this trick on television.

  27. Without you I was lost, but you gave me the right map in order to succeed

  28. Mind maps helped me a lot. I write very slowly and painfully and tire very fast due to disgraphia

  29. This has been very helpful in unlocking hidden potential, The brain and mind has so much potential that is supressed.

  30. ….. the first image that came to my mind was mango in letters….. i need 2 spend more time outside

  31. This video brought tears to my eyes. We all were babies as genius scientists, and we still are.

  32. Sadly I'm one of children that had a lot of(bang)´s by my family (hands and mouths).

  33. "Imagine if the whole world thought that!"

    well mate you'd be putting a lot if scientists out if a job

  34. So what we have to do? I don't have time to watch the video sorry

  35. at first the talk was great
    but then he got off topic

    for 20 gee damn minutes

  36. People that use their mind too much are at risk of loosing touch with their feelings, their emotional sensitivities. The challenge then becomes the path to rediscover the emotional sensitivities. Jeffrey Stephen Rafuse

  37. Mind mapping is the best way to learn and remember what you learn in a short time especially for students , so I advice you to learn its basics.

  38. Here at my garage just bought this new Lamborghini here it's fun to drive up here in the Hollywood Hills but you know what I like a lot more than materialistic things, KNOWLEDGE

  39. vous avez oublié la traduction française, ou est ce expres ?
    tres bonnes fetes de fin d'année

  40. When mister buzan talks you guys listen. Better yet read his books, they are great. Memory and speed reading epic books

  41. Okay… Him looking for the audience to finish the sentence, or fill in the blank…. SO VAGUE, and quite distracting

  42. Damn, I never realized he died. Felt pretty sad, he had a good way of teaching. This video doesnt do it justice.

  43. My son he's 4 years old so the reflection of moon on water at night it was slightly long like mattress then he told me bed fall on water

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