How we discover knowledge influences how we understand knowledge

In order to organize ISHAR’s sources in an interconnected and comprehensive way, mindmapping is utilized to help categorize topics, establish relationships between them and get closer to a holistic understanding.

Below is an early-stage sample of ISHAR’s mindmapping in use while designing the Integrative Culture section.  This is just a tiny sliver of the vast networks this approach can reveal, and mindmapping is being used extensively in the design of ISHAR.

mind map

Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository: A library for the mind/body community

I.S.H.A.R. is an online digital library, the first of it’s kind, dedicated to the entire mind/body phenomenon and all of the integrative studies therien.

Mind/body’ is a very broad category – and includes everything from Integrative Health practices currently adopted by approximately 40% of US Hospitals, to  various forms of traditional and alternative medical systems and therapies, such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine from which, a vast majority of common integrative procedures continue to derive.


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