The Zettelkasten is not a collection of ideas, it is a tool for thinking

  • Rather than viewing the Zettelkasten as a collection of all of your ideas and arguments, Book - How to Take Smart NotesBook - How to Take Smart Notes

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    title: How to take smart notes: one simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking: for students, academics and nonfiction book writers
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    argues that you should rather think about it as a tool for thinking and developing ideas.
  • This fits in with the notion that Writing is, without dispute, the best facilitator for thinking, reading, learning, understanding and generating ideas we have.Writing is, without dispute, the best facilitator for thinking, reading, learning, understanding and generating ideas we have.

    This is a quote from Anke Sören in [[Book - How to Take Smart Notes]], which really highlights the importance of writing for any kind of intellectual work.
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  • The reason to still put a lot of arguments into the Zettelkasten is that the Our brain is great for having ideas, but terrible at storing themOur brain is great for having ideas, but terrible at storing them

    [[Book - How to Take Smart Notes]] makes the point that our brains are wired for problem solving and having ideas but are actually terrible at retaining information over long periods of time.
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    To properly connect a lot of ideas over time, we need a vessel to store them.
  • You can even find topics to write about while going through your Zettelkasten.
  • This last fact highlights that while in an idea-collection you would store your ideas with context information in which you read them, Where to place something in the second brain depends on what questions you want to answerWhere to place something in the second brain depends on what questions you want to answer

    When asking yourself where to place a certain piece of information in your second brain, ask yourself "What questions do I want to answer with this?".
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  • I would argue that the act of taking notes and digesting the things you read already provide a lot of value as is. Reflecting on the things that you have learned makes them a lot more present in your future thinking.
  • Connecting will be very difficult in the beginning, but it is still important to consider it every time you write a note to get in the habit.

(Todo here: look into what learning sciences call "structure building", as methods like the Zettelkasten can provide scaffolding for learning in that way)