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Mindweb Concept

smallhome1Source: MindWeb book, New Way of Thinking (Eka Wartana)

The very first time you cast your eyes on the title of this book, you may ask, ‘What is this book talking ab¬out?’ Let us review this MindWeb concept in a simple manner; when entering a fast food restaurant you will see the menu on the wall behind cashiers. We can choose and order the kind of food we want. On the other side, there are food packages or combo’s that will give us a set of meals, say, french fries, chicken/beef sandwiches, soups and drinks. They may name them package 1, 2, 3 or A, B, C. No need for us to select each food individually; it comes as a set of menu.

Now, what is the relationship of fast food and the MindWeb concept? It is similar. The only difference is the contents. Food packages are for the consumption of the stomach, while MindWeb concepts are for the consumption of the brain. MindWeb will tell us how we explore the information that we get from daily activities to become brain ‘menu’.

The information that we receive from our five senses are kept in our long-term memory. There is so much information that we receive that makes it not possible for us to remember all at once. The information that’s considered important is more easily remembered than the unimportant ones. Each piece of information is kept separately in our brain. So, when it is retrieved, it will also appear separately.

As it is in the fast food restaurant where we can get a set menu, it’s similar to that where we get ‘food for your brain’. By using the MindWeb concept, we will be able to get a set of information.

Here is an example: we try to remember the name of a friend. Our brain will seek the information from your brain’s database. Our brain needs time to ‘find’ it. But in a different situation the name could be easier recollected if it has a connection with the other information that we have an emotional relationship with. Let’s say that you and a friend want to get the love of the same girl. Both of you are competing to win her attention. His name would be easily remembered if it is related to the situation at that time. For example, you have a physical fight with him. You will never forget his name, as well as the event. The information package in this case is friend, girl, competition, fight and is held in memory as a set of information. As soon as you remember the name of the girl, you will remember the name of the friend as well as the situation you faced at that time.

So, MindWeb is basically the thinking concept that uses this set of information for maximizing brain capacity efficiency and illustrates the interrelations in the form of a diagram. The information from Long-term Memory (LTM) is combined with the newly received information from Short Term Memory (STM) and that’s where we find its interconnections. The interconnection could be from its meaning, its outline or its cause and effect. One lot of information (LTM) may have a close correlation with one or more of the (STM) information. Its interconnection is illustrated in MindWeb diagrams.

All this information with its interconnections are then saved in long-term memory. When we need it just by ‘calling’ (retrieving) any information, we pull all the related information together. It can also be combined with new information coming from our five senses.

Interrelationship of information can come directly or indirectly. Information that its association is not clear or does not seem linked direct would provide added value. How come? Because this is the key to finding the things that are not thought of by others. For example, a piece of rope. Upon hearing the word ‘rope’, we may think of its shape, size, material for making rope (plastic or fiber) and knot. Then we can think of a shoestring, rope for rock climbing and so forth. But, is there any relationship between the rope and hell? We can make the link between the two: people may use rope to commit suicide and they may go to hell. Make sense, right? If we want to expand it further, people must have certain reasons to commit suicide. They are not strong enough to cope with problems in life and unluckily, they forget the worst condition in hell—the ultra heat they will suffer is not comparable at all with the problem they face on earth. Should they have learned the MindWeb concept, they would be able to see the link of suicide to hell or the torments of hell and they might have cancelled the suicide attempt.

MindWeb utilizes the huge potential of the subconscious mind. Of the total capacity of the human brain, the subconscious mind’s capacity is around 88% while the conscious mind is only 12%. So, why do we not maximize the usage of the subconscious mind for our lives and our daily work?

As we know, the brain records everything we see, hear and feel in the long-term memory. With the amazing capacity of the human brain, all the experiences can be stored in the human brain and the brain will never be full. All of the information coming into the brain can still be taken back from the subconscious mind. For example, your hometown. When asked where you were born, it would appear the city of your hometown, right? Though you actually do not know where were you born, is it not? Because at the time of birth, you were a baby and do not understand anything yet. Usually the birthplace is of one package with the date, month and year of birth. So, when the hometown city is mentioned, we immediately remember the date, month and year of birth and we immediately remember where we were born. So, you actually know and have applied the MindWeb concept already, although it is not even realized.

Let’s see another example below, which relates to simple decision-making on the job.

Matters relating to a job, among others, are salary, job type, company, work location, home location, facilities and so on. What is the relationship between wages and house location, for example? If another company offers a salary of one hundred dollars more, will you accept the offer? Here, we need to consider the other factors. If the location of the company is very far from home, we need to pay more cost for transportation from home to the office. The additional amount of the salary might be worthless as the extra amount is compensating the extra cost we have to pay for transportation from home to the workplace and vice versa. Not to mention, more time spent on the road. We might have to reduce sleeping time due to an earlier departure to the office in order to get to the workplace on time.

By knowing the causal relationship between information, our decision will be more rational. If only considering the higher salary, a person may end up bringing home less money. By looking at the causal relationship between salaries and transportation costs, he can avoid a wrong decision. It’s a simple example of how MindWeb is very useful in decision making.

There are other factors that may influence the decision and should be taken into consideration, such as a career path. Even with a smaller salary you might want to consider moving to another company, as long as there is good potential for development in line with the career path. The lesser salary earned in that company will later on be offset after you manage to prove good performance and get promotion.

The decision could also be influenced by the type of work, whether you like the job or not. Someone might refuse a job even with higher salary if he does not like the kind of work. The more factors added into consideration, the better decisions could be made.

So many people feel regret for taking another job by only considering the higher salary, after they found out that the situation they faced is not as they expected. Many people also make a decision by emotion, for example they do not like the treatment he received from their superiors or employers. ‘The neighbor’s grass is always looking greener’, so said the phrase. After signing a contract for the new job, one is shocked to face the fact that he has to pay taxes and other charges (in the previous company his tax was paid by the company). He regrets his decision. Should he take various relevant issues into consideration, he would have avoided difficult situations as such.

There is another simple example about the activities before leaving home for work. Before you leave there are several activities involved:

- Determine the time to leave home

- Determine the route to be taken (this often happens automatically)

- Set up the briefcase, add documents, office keys, cell phone, wallet, driver’s license

- Take the car keys

- Warm up the car

- Leave for work

Warming up the car can be done at the same time while preparing the documents. While warming up the car, we may not think about the pollution caused by the gas that comes out of the exhaust pipe of the car. The hours of departure will depend on the route taken, which also determines the length of the journey.

A late departure from home might lead to heavier traffic. You may face traffic jams and may have to enter a toll controlled road. Unfortunately, when you arrive in the office only to discover that the office key was left at home. How do you solve this kind of problem?

The car key is impossible to miss, right? Certainly yes, because we are driving to the office and we can not start the car without the car key. But, on the other side, the office key could have been left behind. To address the possibility of being forgotten, why not attach the office key with the car key? You will never forget the office key thereafter. But hang on, what if you use another car or public transportation for whatever reason? You can have the office key left at home, where the car key is!

The simple examples as above show the causal relationships of various things. Besides the link between the car and office keys, there’s more links, like the office location, departure time, route, the duration of the trip (15 minute delay in departure could take 45 minutes longer time to arrive at the office, due to heavier traffic), cell phone/wallet (leaving cell phone or wallet could give you another problem). Do we realize that by leaving late from home, we have contributed to the traffic jam and at the same time to the air pollution that will affect human beings and the earth?

MindWeb provides the concept of thinking that leads us to a habit to see as much relevant information as possible. To sharpen the analysis, exercises are required to enable us to have the skills to interconnect various information.