In Niklas Luhmann’s Card Index: The Fabrication of Serendipity Johannes F.K. Schmidt Published: July 26, 2018, lists the 4 characteristics of Luhmann's zettelkasten.
- specific system
- card numbering rules
- internal linking
- comprehensive keyword index
I've been thinking (a dubious prospect) about number 4 comprehensive keyword index. Luhmann was computerized pre-full-text-search. Recognizing that full-text search has both advantages and seldom talked about disadvantages.
Recognizing that tags have both advantages and disadvantages. And these play different roles.
I can see where in Luhmann's case a way into the zettelkasten was via his massive keyword index. This could be very useful as it would be the list of key terms actually used in the zettelkasten/archive accumulated prospectively and not as with a full-text search where one has to remember retrospectively. (Cognative load) Understanding how fallible memory is, having a list of actual terms, with used spelling and gramatical tence, might be the difference between a hit and a miss. Tags are no help here as they group notes by theme or context and not literal content.
Most note-taking software address 1-3 in the list as does The Archive. I unaware of any the address the 4th in the list, comprehensive keyword index.
Please school me in my errors of logic.
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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