What is the problem situation of the Zettelkasten Method?
"The vital first step towards understanding a theory,' Popper (1972, p. 182) said, "is to understand the problem situation in which it arises."1
In the spirit of this quote, I was thinking to myself, "What is the problem situation that the ZKM was created for?"
In the Introduction to the ZKM article @Sascha said that it, "is a holistic method on how to deal with knowledge in your life." So, it would seem that it is, in part, helping with managing your knowledge outside of our memory system. I think elsewhere it is referred to as "a personal tool for thinking and writing." Which, I think helps to see more of the picture of the problem situation. Knowledge. Thinking. Writing.
I'd love to hear some thoughts from others in this forum on how they'd answer this question.
Bereiter, C. (2002). Education and mind in the knowledge age. L. Erlbaum Associates. ↩︎
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