Tools that emulate our way of thinking

A logical trend in knowledge management tools is to try to simulate the natural way in which we organize our thoughts.

This will provide an interface to create or attach easily contained and linked by association and quickly, avoiding the traditional hierarchical organization to provide many applications. In this way the contents are organized in network structure, and become mental maps that shape our understanding of specific topics.

An essential requirement is that the interface allows an efficient navigation within the network to be created, allowing for the same move, reorganize, get in and out of different levels, jumping to an overview, clearly show the relationships and differentiate different types of content but not to 'mess' the map.

A good example of a tool that meets these requirements is PersonalBrain. Can be downloaded from the web TheBrain, where he also played a demo video showing its capabilities and performance. 
This software allows to create 'thoughts' and be added to each parent, child, or jumps (at the same level of thinking), or be linked in the same way. Every thoughthas some properties, and he can edit notes with a fairly comprehensive editor, tagging, web url's, icons, attach files or even create calendar events. There is also a seeker of ideas and content, and a small system of reporting. 
Creating and navigating the map of thoughts is very agile, and very clear display, say it's quite hard to get lost in the map.

From the same website you can download the trial, which has all the functionality of the pro version, but the 30 days becomes the free version, which preserves the whole interface for creating maps and navigation, but is cut especially in terms of properties and objects that can be attached to thoughts. Between these two there is another version Core.

PersonalBrain I created to test the brain (the equivalent would be a project of other tools) from Dataprix, which attempt to reflect the structure of the web, and related topics, content, and community members. The tool also allows exporting to HTML a brain, so I hung up the navigable version for those who want to 'tinker' with it.

This is about the personal version, but there is also a corporate version, called BrainEKP, more oriented to collaboration and content management, but with the same philosophy and interface. The main difference is that this version is installed on a server, and both users and administrators access to web, thus allowing for interaction and collaborative creation of thoughts between users. It also has connectors that allow synchronization and updating of information from various data sources.

Noted that the same portal TheBrain's done with this tool. The header always shows the conceptual map of the page they are viewing, and navigation can be performed throughout the portal simply enter in the thoughts that appear in this map, much better than the usual menu of web sites ..