I accept the gospel of Santa Fe. I understand that I am a little Complex Adaptive System. I appreciate that noise is good, messiness is inevitable, disorder the name of the game.
The question is how to manage this complexity. Over the last 6 months, I have been using both PersonalBrain 4 by TheBrain and MindManager by Mindjet. Both of them are good at making great tangles of information more orderly. Both of them make me a better Complex Adaptive System.
But today, I am moving permanently to Personal Brain 4. It wins because it manages hierarchies of information far better than MindManager. Also, and oddly, the fluidity of the presentation style helps me think. I found the swimming graphic style off putting at first. If I wanted things to wander around in my mind’s eye, I thought, I could just live without an idea management software. But then MyBrain colonized my brain, and everything was hunkydorey.
It turns out my life sorts into just a few categories (as above). Ah, that’s better.
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For more on MindManager, go to Mindjet here.
For more on PersonalBrain 4, go to TheBrain Technologies here.