Zettelkasten for "trains of thought"
Sometimes I use my zettelkasten to record trains of thought. For example, each morning I wake my daughter up at 7am to get her to school on time. Most days I’m dragging her out of bed before dark because of daylight savings time. I thought to myself “why don’t we make these school schedules relative to sunrise rather than a fixed schedule, and adjust work and other thing as well?” I thought about it for a while and then later recorded a quick “zettel”:
202001060930 We should use of relative wake up times
As I dragged my daughter out of bed before dark this morning for school, I thought to myself, “Why not adjust the school start time on a daily basis to coincide with 1 hour after sunrise?”
We have the automation capabilities, sophisticated clocks, and intelligence built into most of our systems that would enable this change in practice not only for school, but for many kinds of work as well. Why do we insist on continuing to adjust our biology to fit our systems, rather than the other way around []?
TODO: Link Note to Taleb’s notion of alarm clocks and slavery
Which led to:
202001060934 Adjust societal systems to fit biology
It is best practice to choose tools that fit our processes, and not to adjust processes to fit specific tools [], yet we force ourselves to change our biological processes to fit the tools of civilization on a regular basis rather than the other way around.
- We wake ourselves up outside of our circadian rhythms to be on the same schedule as everyone else. []
- We eat meals at times that aren’t optimal to fit schedules [TODO]
Society and civilization at large are emergent systems that seem to exist to make our physiological lives better, right? Humanity has created health systems to reduce infant mortality rates and improve longevity. Humanity has created social safety nets to protect ourselves from death by starvation. Why not make adjustments to our societal systems to accommodate our most basic biological processes?
There are mostly ideas here, and a lot of questions, but it’s not really knowledge. It’s more like a train of thought, a head scratcher that calls for more research, more references, and certainly better organization. I tend to title my notes as assertions that need testing and validation, so they perhaps sound like knowledge. Maybe they should be titled as questions to be more clear.
I think many would call these fleeting notes, and perhaps they are, but I can’t think of a better place to record these then in my zettelkasten. On the other hand I don’t really have time to do anything other than ponder and record the thought, so maybe it would be better that it went to its grave in a notebook somewhere if it’s just going to sit idle forever. What are your thoughts?
Does anyone else use their zettelkasten in this way as well?