Easier does not mean better (in knowledge related tasks)

  • Reducing friction might not be better in all cases when dealing with knowledge management:
  • Live note taking per pen and paper has been considered better than typing on a keyboard for retention. The fact that students could write down less in a given time forced them to think about the higher level structure of the presented knowledge #citationmissing
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    mentions talked about Zettelkasten like systems. While the idea of reducing friction in these is enticing, deliberation in regards to what to add decreases and slower search times reduce the amount of connections found.
  • The MAKE IT STICKBOOK #citationmissing presents numerous studies that show that more effort spent is actually beneficial to the learning process.
    • Tools like Anki subscribe to this idea by making learning effortful through active recall.
  • Funnily, this directly goes against the idea of The key to enormous success is not doing the hardest thingsThe key to enormous success is not doing the hardest things

    The key to great productivity is not forcing yourself to do the hard things. It is to change your environment so that you naturally gravitate towards doing the productive thing.

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    • Maybe for some things less friction is better, while for others, more friciton gives a benefit?
    • If so, how do we determine which things improve with less friction and which get worse?