Saint Augustine instructs Francesco Petrarch on the ZKM
Critique my zettel.
This one is an atomized idea from my reading of _Manguel, Alberto. A history of reading. 2014. _ It is longish at 436 words and includes AI help with translation, a Wikipedia link, the relevant quote, and my assimilation into my ZK. With your help, it can be improved.
The content of this note might be of interest to those who like to follow the history of what has evolved to become the ZKM.
Let me know what you think of the form and the content of this note. Do you have any questions? I frantically created it yesterday. The energy of the idea was brain-boffing, mind-mashing, and the incarnation of amazing.
cdate: 11-15-2023 08:18 PM
tags: #proofing #zettelkasting #note-taking #history
Mid 1300s ZKM Advice
Subatomic: A very early take on reading and the ZKM by St. Augustine.
I find this interesting because... It shows the idea of the zettelkasten is an old idea.
- Acquire Knowledge From Readings []
- The purpose of taking notes is to gain a deep understanding of what you’ve read.
Translate from Latin to English Secretum meum
The Latin phrase "Secretum meum" translates to "My secret" in English. This phrase is associated with Francesco Petrarch's work "Secretum" or "My Secret Book," which is a trilogy of dialogues in Latin written by Petrarch between 1342 and 1353. The work explores Petrarch's inner conflicts and self-examination during a critical period of his life, providing insights into his thoughts and beliefs.
- It is Solved By Walking []
- Enlightenments from Lives on the Road by Paul Theroux
In the Secretum Meum(My Secret Book), Petrarch (under his Christian name, Francesco) and Saint Augustine sit and talk in a garden. There is a dialog between Saint Augustine and the Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch. 1
Augustine: This manner of reading is now quite common; there’s such a mob of lettered men… but if you’d jot down a few notes in their proper place, you’d easily be able to enjoy the fruit of your reading.
Francesco: What kind of notes do you mean?
Augustine: Whenever you read a book and come across any wonderful phrases that you feel stir or delight your soul, don’t merely trust the power of your intelligence, [] but force yourself to learn them by heart and make them familiar by meditating on them, so that whenever an urgent case of affliction arises, you’ll have the remedy ready as if it were written in your mind. When you come to any passages that seem to you useful, make a firm mark against them, which may serve as lime in your memory less otherwise, they might fly away. 2
Petrarch's interpretation of Augustine's ideas suggests a new way of reading. Instead of using a book to support one's thoughts or blindly trusting, we can extract ideas, phrases, or images from reading and connect them with similar ones from other texts. Adding personal reflections, the reader can create new and novel ideas unique to them.[@manguel:2014 63]
- How-to: Read And Extract Ideas From Non-fiction []
PKM vs Personal Journaling §[]
- Clarify the purpose of the ZK, developing a hybrid synergy of knowledge and experience. You can keep knowledge work separate from personal journaling but link ideas back and forth. #ZK_ChatGPT
Habitually reviewing notes yields rewards []
- Magic is created with repetitive regular reviews, expanding the ideas expressed in notes.
- The History of Reading []
- Manguel, Alberto. A history of reading. 2014.
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.
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