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Sridhar Ratnakumar

https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/T382CLwAjsy3fmecf/how-to-take-smart-notes-ahrens-2017

This is my rephrasing of (Ahrens, 2017, How to Take Smart Notes) [https://takesmartnotes.com/]. I added some personal comments. THE AMAZING NOTE-TAKING METHOD OF LUHMANN To be more productive, it's necessary to have a good system and workflow. The Getting Things Done system (collect everything that needs to be taken care of in one place and process it in a standardised way) doesn't work well for academic thinking and writing, because GTD requires clearly defined objectives, whereas in doing science and creative work, the objective is unclear until you've actually got there. It'd be pretty hard to "innovate on demand". Something that can be done on demand, in a predetermined schedule, must be uncreative. Enter Niklas Luhmann. He was an insanely productive sociologist who did his work using the method of "slip-box" (in German, "Zettelkasten"). Making a slip-box is very simple, with many benefits. The slip-box will become a research partner who could "converse" with you, surprise you, lead you down surprising lines of thoughts. It would nudge you to (number in parenthesis denote the section in the book that talks about the item): * Find dissenting views (10.2, 12.3) * Really understand what you learned (10.4, 11.2, 11.3, 12.6) * Think across contexts (12.5) * Remember what you learned (11.3, 12.4) * Be creative (12.5, 12.6, 12.7, 13.2) * Get the gist, not stuck on details (12.6) * Be motivated (13.3) * Implement short feedback loops, which allows rapid improvements (12.6, 13.5) FOUR KINDS OF NOTES FLEETING NOTES These are purely for remembering your thoughts. They can be: fleeting ideas, notes you would have written in the margin of a book, quotes you would have underlined in a book. They have no value except as stepping stones towards making literature and permanent notes. They should be thrown away as soon as their contents have been transferred to literature/permanent notes (if worthy) or not (if unworthy). Examples: Jellyfish might be ethically vega
Sridhar Ratnakumar

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