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Andys article on Note taking

Andy Matuschak article on Evergreen Notes

Notes should be atomic

This means only capture one thing in a note

Notes should be densely linked


This way, it’s easier to form connections across topics and contexts. If your notes are too broad, you might not notice when you encounter some new idea about one of the notions contained within, and links to that note will be muddied. If your notes are too fragmented, you’ll also fragment your link network, which may make it harder to see certain connections. Evergreen notes should be densely linked

should be concept orented

This means that you shouldn't start a new note for every book you read. You should have notes on specific concepts and enter notes from different sources into those pages

This makes note taking a little harder but produces connections a lot easier.

should be densely linked

We should push ourselves to link our notes so we start thinking expansively.

You have to read old notes to link new notes to them so this is a chance to review those notes.

recording connections is a way of documenting how we came to a conclusion

Luhmann actually argues that…

In comparison with this structure, which offers possibilities of connection that can be actualized, the importance of what has actually been noted is secondary.

You should use stub pages for notes that you haven't written yet

Prefer associative ontologies to hierarchical taxonomies

onologies: a set of concepts and categories in a subject area or domain that shows their properties and the relations between them: what's new about our ontology is that it is created automatically from large datasets | we're using ontologies to capture and analyze some of the knowledge in our department.

Structure emerges organically (Obliquity)

By pre sorting ideas we fuzz their edges