- Rather than viewing the Zettelkasten as a collection of all of your ideas and arguments, Book - How to Take Smart Notes 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.
- 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 them 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 answer
- 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)