- Jun 2022
"The implicit feel of where you are in a physical book turns out to be more important than we realized," says Abigail Sellen of Microsoft Research Cambridge in England and co-author of The Myth of the Paperless Office. "Only when you get an e-book do you start to miss it. I don't think e-book manufacturers have thought enough about how you might visualize where you are in a book."
How might we design better digital reading interfaces that take advantage of a wider range of modes of thinking and reading?
Certainly adding audio to the text helps to bring in benefits of orality, but what other axes are there besides the obvious spatial benefits?
Instead of hiking the trail yourself, the trees, rocks and moss move past you in flashes with no trace of what came before and no way to see what lies ahead.
Just as there are deficits like dyslexia in the literate world, are there those who have similar deficits relating to location in the oral world? What do these look like? What are they called specifically?
There are definitely memory deficits withing cognitive neuropsychology. Is there a comprehensive list one could look at?
Some people aren't as good at spatial orientation as others. Women are stereotyped as being less good at direction and direction finding.
- brain deficits
- open questions
- orality vs. literacy
- reading practices
- method of loci
- mind maps
- user interface
- brain damage
- cognitive neuropsychology
I too have seen this before, though the directions may have been different.
When thinking about an idea, map it discretely. North on the compass rose is where the idea comes from, South is where it leads to, West leads to things similar to the idea while East are ideas that are the opposite of it.
This is useful in situating information, particularly with respect to the similarities and opposites. One must generally train themselves to think about the opposites.
Many of the directions are directly related to putting information into a zettelkasten, in particular where X comes from (source), where it leads (commentary or links to other ides), what's similar to x are links to either closely related ideas or to an index. The opposite of X is the one which is left out in this system too.
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*The compass*: <br>Saw that one before. Ugh, didn't like it.<br><br>Thinking about it though, it's a fitting metaphor to look at a note from different directions. I'm going to add this to my notes template(Just to try). All my notes have North & could use some other perspectives 🎉<br><br>🧶4/4 pic.twitter.com/CJctmC5Y39— Alex Qwxlea (@QwxleaA) June 14, 2022
Link to - Indigenous map conceptualizations - direction finding - method of loci
Are there examples of people using The Brain in public as more extensive commonplace books or zettelkasten?
Initially came across this via Jerry Michalski who has an extensive personal mind map of over 24 years (as of fall 2021).
A fantastic example of an extensive mind map from Jerry Michalski using The Brain.
There are lots of interesting links and resources, but on the whole
How many of the nodes actually have specific notes, explicit ideas, annotations, or excerpts within them?
Without these, it's an interesting map and provides some broad context, but removes local specific context of who Jerry is and how he explicitly thinks. One can review the overarching parts to extract what his biases may be based on availability heuristics, but in areas of conflicting ideas which have relatively equal numbers of links within a particular area, one may not be able to discern arguments from each other.
Still a fascinating start and something not commonly seen in the broader literature.
I'll also note that even in a small sample of one video call with Jerry sharing his screen while we talked about a broad sub-topic it's interesting to see his prior contexts as we conversed. I've only ever had similar experiences with Bill Seitz who regularly drops links to his wiki pages in this sort of way or Kevin Marks (usually in text chat contexts and less frequently in video calls/conversations) who drops links to his extensive blogging history which also serves to add his prior thoughts and contextualizations.
- commonplace books
- Bill Seitz
- knowledge graphs
- Jerry's Brain
- mind maps
- Jerry Michalski
- personal knowledge management
- Kevin Marks
- The Brain
Jerry has been using The Brain for 24 years as of ~November 2021.
In October 2021 he had approximately 484,000 thoughts in his graph.
Ideas to explore: Lessons from My Brain
We Are an Amnesic Society
favicons indicate links to external sources
- yellow - collections of things
- purple - opinions
Make sense of your messy world. Kumu makes it easy to organize complex data into relationship maps that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use.
The art of mapping is to create a context in which others can think.
Tool mentioned on [[2022-06-02]] by Jerry Michalski during [[Friends of the Link]] meeting.
- Apr 2022