Mission Statement

The mission of this site is twofold:

1) Spread interesting ideas in a visually appealing and cognitively beneficial way.

I’m a big fan of good ideas. They make life interesting, they give us new perspective, and they expand our understanding of the world.  I enjoy exploring new ideas and seeing how they fit in with other ideas that I have encountered before.

I strongly believe that ideas can change the world, and I want to use this site to spread ideas that I think are important – ideas related to education, creativity, critical thinking, and personal growth.  Those are some but not all of the topics that I have addressed and will continue to address on this site.

2) Provide resources for those who are learning how to incorporate more visuals into their thinking and note taking processes.

The ability of an individual person to process, store, and access complex information is becoming increasingly important as the availability of such information continues to grow.  I believe that incorporating more visuals into the processing of verbal ideas will help achieve the goal of greater understanding, longer retention, and quicker access to those ideas.  As such, I want to help in the movement to spread the word about visual note taking and provide resources for those who are learning how to incorporate this way of processing information into their daily life.

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  1. Hi Doug:

    I’m beginning work on the 4th edition of my college textbook: Cognitive Psychology (Cengage Learning), and I was wondering if there was a way to express some of your ideas in the textbook (since part of it is about memory and learning, and how to use cognitive principles to enhance their memory). It seems to me that the one-card idea would help students remember facts and concepts better, and it might be something worth illustrating in the book.

    Just an idea. Any reactions?

    Best wishes,

    Bruce Goldstein
    Departments of Psychology
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Arizona

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      Hi Bruce,

      Sounds like a great idea! I think their is value to condensing a concept down to it’s most essential elements. When you use visuals to do the condensing, the benefits are twofold: you can often express that concept with more depth than if you used text alone, while simultaneously making it easier to recall (since our brain is better at remembering visuals than text). And if you are the one creating the visual, even better. Your book looks very interesting, and it has clearly been valuable to your students considering that you are working on a fourth edition now. In what way were you thinking of incorporating the one-card idea into the book? I’d love to help out any way I can.

      Thanks for getting in touch,

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      Hi Patricia,

      The idea of visual notes seems to be spreading quickly! It’s exciting to see. Glad you found this statement inspiring. And thank YOU for your work helping to spread the word – I enjoyed exploring your Slow Learning site.

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