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Incremental Wikipedia search on Thought creation
Hello,
this might be an easy and really helpful feature to include. It could be turned on/off in the preferences.

If one wants to create a new thought about an objective, existing concept, chances are high that there is a wikipedia article on it. For those using The Brain as a learning tool, it would be awesome to be presented with wikipedia articles as you type a new thought name. Selecting one would create the Thought and insert the respective link to it.

It would also be great to be able to choose between wikipedia/everipedia/lunyr (once it's up and running).

Articles in everipedia are categorized according to http://schema.org/. The categories are hierarchically organized. It should therefore also be possible within The Brain, to display suggestions for a Thought category, immediately upon thought creation, based on the article metadata.

This would be a serious improvement in my opinion. 


On a side note, maybe you have heard of the memex before (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memex), as described in this essay from 1945(!):
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/

It's a longer read, but still amazing. I think TheBrain is the closest thing to a memex, in particular because the links between thoughts can have categories, names and notes as well. Hypertext doesn't have that, but graph databases do.

curious about your feedback,
thanks!

MacOS High Sierra issues: links not displayed, crash on dragging weblinks
p.s., sorry the link display issue was my fault.
But the crashes are happening.
Far-off Feature Request: Brain CLI
Hello,

I'd like to get to something like a "PLEX-Book" (working title).

So, I would be highly interested in importing from openly available ontologies (like https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ols/index or http://www.ontobee.org/ ). Ideally, on import, thought types should be set, and some basic descriptions should go in the thought notes.

Could this come from a graph database like neo4j? Could you point me to some more documentation, or basic how-to ideas? 

An important related question would be, have you ever considered metatext fields for thoughts? For example, in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH database), every item has entry terms, which are simply synonyms (e.g. https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/record/ui?ui=D004844 ). I think this would be hugely important because a Thought could represent a concept rather than just being a word.

The big picture is, I think it would be really cool if TheBrain could act as a platform, putting an emphasis on fee-based, downloadable, topic specific Brains as a basic structure and study guide. Just like when buying textbooks, trusted authors are important, that's why it would be justified to charge money. Such PLEX-Books would have to be curated, adapting ontologies for the purpose of studying a particular field.

I think it would be great to move past having to create a mind map from scratch for a particular new topic. TheBrain could ideally serve learning purposes - conventional mind mapping is not set up for this, and graph databases have completely different applications.

When you download your next topic-specific-Brain-study-guide PLEX-Book, you want it to merge into your existing one, such that it becomes possible to integrate one subject after the other into your knowledge grid.

Essentially, I would like to be a Plex-Book author. As a student, I would have wanted a Plex-Book. With a solid concept, possibly more people would be interested in putting together grids of terminology for their respective fields.


Thanks for any feedback on this,
Marco
MacOS High Sierra issues: links not displayed, crash on dragging weblinks
Hello,
I updated to MacOS High Sierra 10.13.1 (17B48), just a day after finding out that drag-dropping a weblink from the integrated browser onto the plex creates a new thought (what a great feature, appreciate this a lot!). 

Unfortunately this MacOS update resulted in instability when using TheBrain. The program crashes reproducibly at every attempt to drag a weblink from the integrated browser. I also noticed that some thought links aren't displayed in the plex, such that certain thoughts stand alone all of a sudden, or only some of the links are shown.

Has this been reported, and do you have a solution?
many thanks,
Marco
No access to local Brains because of Sync error - Time for some general thoughts
Hi,
thanks for resolving this issue so quickly and for your feedback. Also, apologies for my late night posting from yesterday, which sounds a bit too harsh today. I have been using TheBrain on and off since around 2007, and I appreciate it a lot.

Antonio, I agree that manually entering one's own structure has the best learning effect. I wouldn't be happy to share a Brain for studying, because I prefer to come back to a logical structure and find it exactly the way I have set it up before. This way, when coming across a Thought, I recall what I myself was thinking about it before.

However, entering everything manually is also the most tedious and time consuming way, it's really hard to find the time for this. Also, often I would find that I have added a thought twice because I used a different term with the same meaning. Having a universal Thesaurus like MeSH would help a lot, because the basic terminology and hierarchy would already be in place. Needless to say, terminology is part of becoming an expert in your field, it's the shared language.

The backbone hierarchy could be in grey, and Thoughts turn to color once they are activated the first time, to leave a trace showing that you have crawled around in these parts of the grid. Even if there was just a list of as yet unconnected Thoughts (lets say, all anatomic structures), it would turn from tedious writing exercises to a sort of creative connect-the-dots. It would speed up establishing one's personal knowledge grid to which one can continuously attach new information.

MeSH has a different purpose of course, being mainly a tool for cataloguing publications, and it's easy to spot its limitations. Used in the way I imagine it, it would be a starting point from which to densify your areas of interest. MeSH can be downloaded as XML (here is the Tree View: https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/treeView ), I expect it should be possible to import this into a Brain.


I will try to make a short pitch about what I have in mind. I could imagine a project with the help of student volunteers, shaping up the MeSH structure as a Brain. The result would be something like a Backbone Textbook, in the sense that it is a starting structure that can accommodate everything else one encounters in academic publications or reference textbooks or lectures.

I really think there is a lot of value in this, and it could be done for any academic specialty. Mind that it is no problem whatsoever to find a specific piece of information on the internet, but it's the context that makes knowledge. Suppose you wanted to study Astronomy, how great would it be if you could build on a backbone of terminology as you would find it in the Index at the end of your Fundamentals of Astronomy Textbook.

TB has the potential to be a knowledge support tool beyond mere information. Personally, I would not hesitate to spend money on such a terminology hierarchy download pack.

Greetings,
Marco
Impossible to have access to my Brains
Thanks a lot, it's working again!
No access to local Brains because of Sync error - Time for some general thoughts
I am upset at you people from TB. You have a loyal group of users that understand the uniqueness of this program and have started to rely on it. You know that you can put a premium price tag on it, because it is just so much better than any mindmapping or note taking app.

BUT you need to provide a user experience (including control of ones own data!) that is up to expectations in 2017.

Not being able to access my own, locally stored data because of a server error preventing synchronization? No comment on the issue whatsoever, for a whole day? What's the matter here? You could be so much better than Evernote! I'm sure you made enough money to invest in the kind of development that would enable you to step out of a niche existence. 

Maybe providing a walled cloud service is not the answer. I also don't know why you put your marketing focus on business and management. I have the impression that you don't know what you want to be. 10 years ago maybe it was great to have a mindmap hosting all your files and connected to a calendar and so on. But what's the competitive edge you still have over all the other apps trying to make it easier for managers (or anybody) to organize their work?

I don't think this is why people are using TB.

What you have created is really a general purpose, personal learning and knowledge tool. A grid for information (of which there is plenty!) in order to create knowledge again. You could provide (for a fee) basic sets of logically linked terminology from a wide range of academic specialties.

I'm an MD PhD, so I'll give an example from biomedicine. There is a gigantic taxonomy of hierarchically structured Medical Subject Headings (MESH), available from PubMed, that you could commission someone to import and assign with thought and link types. Scientists in any field of biomedical research could download this and enrich it during their studies and connect papers they have read. Like when in the old days one would take a textbook and scribble and paint all over it. Only 100x better.

Or imagine what it would mean to a medical student 
to have a blueprint of the whole anatomy of branching blood vessels and nerves innervating muscles that are themselves attached to protuberance x of bone y. Organs containing cell types that, in order to communicate with other cells, produce transmitters or hormones which are themselves encoded by particular genes and act on particular receptors.

All of this constitutes hard facts that could be represented by TheBrain better than with any other tool I'm aware of.


If I was a little more convinced of your strategy and pricing policy, I could confidently recommend TB to colleagues and friends. I would suggest a deal for you and develop the first Brain for medical students.

Really, teachers of any field (and possibly even publishing houses), would have an incentive to develop Brains as starting grounds for anybody wanting to learn anything.



Meanwhile, I'm stuck because I can't access stuff I have written using TB. 
Impossible to have access to my Brains
Great... should have read this first before logging out....
Sync issue - Sync failed: unexpected error in MergeSyncs
Hi,

I still get "Unexpected error in MergeSyncs" with v 9.0.149.0 on macOSX, having assigned new GUID, having deleted everything that was still in the cloud account and having renamed the brain. No issues on brain integrity check. My brain is about 1.5GB, uploads entirely, then the error shows up.

Any further ideas? I need to be able to access from two computers.


Thanks,
Marco
install error on kubuntu hardy
@ jostber,
thanks very much for your help,
with "sudo update-alternatives --config java" i changed from "java-6-openjdk" to "java-6-sun", and everything worked perfectly i never would have figured this out myself...

only thing that doesn't work is selecting colors for a thought or thought type.

but i think i will give Suse a try when its out, with kubuntu i get funny behaviors of many programs - suddenly closing, not displaying correctly, excessively slowing down, and so on.
install error on kubuntu hardy
hello again,
thanks for your suggestions, i tried them but had no luck. i even reinstalled kubuntu all over again, with KDE 4 and no gnome anywhere, but the error remains the same. also installed everything that sounds like java, and tried PB 4.3 as well.

in desparation, i set up the system with gnome now, and got a different flavor of this lovely problem :

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Could not display the GUI. This application needs access to an X Server.
If you have access there is probably an X library missing.
*******************************************************************
You can also run this application in console mode without
access to an X server by passing the argument -c
*******************************************************************
An error occurred:
java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: Can't load library: /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/i386/motif21/libmawt.so

-------------------------------------------------------------------

does this make more sense?
thanks again!
i plan on switching to mac osx sometime soon anyways, but i dont want to wait that long to use my brain again

install error on kubuntu hardy
hello everyone,
this is my first entry to this forum, so let me say that personal brain is an excellent tool!
i'm not a linux expert, so hopefully this is an easy to solve problem. so far i used PB on kubuntu gutsy gibbon and it worked fine. now, after installing hardy heron, i get this error when trying to install PB:

>>java.awt.AWTError: Assistive Technology not found: org.GNOME.Accessibility.JavaBridge

java is installed, and i dont understand the problem...
i appreciate any help! THANKS

marco
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