I'm in! Please give pointers so I can improve.
I looked through my recent zettel and was curating them for public display. Always a good thing to be spurred on to refactoring, but I realized that I should take advantage of this educational opportunity with a zettel presented the usual way I form my zettel. So I more or less randomly grabbed one with no doctoring for public display. It's 268 words, not including YAML, title, subatomic (summary), and references.
cdate: 03-18-2022 04:38 PM
tags: #mind-science #cognition
# Thinking In Built Spaces
Subatomic: Inventing walls brought us time to relax not having to worry about being watched or the pressure to watch other. This allowed time for reflection that wasn't available before walls were invented.
Neuroarchitecture a movement to theorize about how behaviors in built environments might be shaped by our evolutionary history and by the biological facts of our bodies. Built environments shape the way we think and act. [@paul:2021, 172]
- Attention Drainage Effect []
* How spaces are organized and build relates to rather it drains or build attentional power. Those spaces act on a spectrum.
- B-The Image Of The City []
Neuroarchitecture explores the way our brains respond to the built settings. "For example, that high-ceilinged places incline us toward more expansive, abstract thoughts." [@paul:2021, 203]
Christopher Alexander, author of the classic book A Pattern Language
> John Locke, professor of linguistics at Lehman College of the City University of New York. "Our distant ancestors could see each other at all times, which kept them safe but also imposed a huge cognitive cost," he notes. "When residential walls were erected, they eliminated the need to look around every few seconds to see what others were doing." The result, he says, was that "a human vigil, one beginning with ancestors that we share with apes, was reduced to manageable proportions, freeing up many hours of undistracted time per day." [@paul:2021, 176]
- Paul, Annie Murphy. The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021.
I must keep doing my best even though I'm a failure. My peak cognition is behind me. One day soon I will read my last book, write my last note, eat my last meal, and kiss my sweetie for the last time.
Many thanks @Will!
According to my recommendation to object tags, the tags would be:
| Year | invention | Effect | LInk |
| -------- | -------------- | --------------------------- | ---------------- |
| 10000 BC | Dogs | Cross-Species Communication | [] |
| 4000 BC | Walls | Solitude | [] |
| 3000 BC | Writing system | Fixation of Throught | [] |
| | | Priest Class | [] |
| 1500 AD | Bookprinting | Mass Access | [] |
As always: I am a blunt person who's writing reads way more blunt than intended.
In my opinion, this is a note with great potential and already near atomic. There are two thoughts present which is presumedly the result of being a work in progress. It is a thinking snap shot. In my opinion, this note should spark some research in the following directions:
Comment on my comment: Keep in mind that my feedback on this note is in part guided by my some knowledge (or: assumptions) on your personality and usage of his Zettelkasten. I, for example, put a lot of emphasis on suggestions in which directions to go and baked in quite some specific suggestions that hopefully align with things that are interesting to you. I tried to find the right amount of "pushiness" to move you a little bit out of your comfort zone.
Many thanks for your note!
I am a Zettler
Thanks, @Sascha. I'm falling back in awe after reading your critique. It penetrates to the core of the issues I can improve on.
You have provided a lot to work with.
The content is generally underdeveloped.
"Thinking in Built Spaces" is one of 31 notes taken while reading "The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain." by Annie Paul. (Highly recommended.) It took three weeks to process all the notes. This one, particularly, I stumbled with. You are spot one calling me out as under-developing this idea. Something you said reminded me of an article I read. Searching The Archive, I found it. A-The intelligent use of space 201903011645 - David Kirsh. "The Intelligent Use of Space." Artificial Intelligence, vol. 73, no. 1, 1995, pp. 31–68, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/0004-3702(94)00017-U. This article delves deeper into thinking in space, and as you suggest, it would help clarify the note, the idea, the connections, and, importantly, my understanding.
A-The intelligent use of space 201903011645
My suggested central thought is "Walls make solitude a choice."
My title sucks. Your suggestion shines.
I'm still considering the value of tagging generally. I tag for project structure. I've yet to hear a compulsive argument for tagging with a full-text search. Maybe this exposes my mental clumsiness.
I love your suggested directions of research. Thursday, I was introduced to a field of study called "Rhetoric of Silence." It looks super fascinating and relevant to this idea's development.
I'm so glad I chose this zettel for critique. Your words of advice will improve my abilities in note-making and idea connecting.
Thinking in terms of aphorisms doesn't come naturally to me. It will take focused practice to develop and kind of mastery.
I didn't find you to be at all overly pushy.
Many thanks for your critique.
@Sascha, here is an update on my progress (2 hours 23 mins) refactoring Thinking in Built Spaces.
Thinking in Built Spaces.
Thanks again for the push. I'm rethinking ideas about tagging. I'm just not sure how I'd use them.
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