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Three Layers of Evidence


imageThree Layers of Evidence

The Zettelkasten note-taking method has made book writing and writing scientific papers easy for hundreds of years already.

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  • Great deep dive into creative knowledge work. This is the reason I stick around this forum, to be exposed to nuggets like this. I love the actionable flavor of the post. Thank you @sfast. You and @ctietze are an inspiration to up my game and improve my thinking practices. I'm certain I'm not alone in my appreciation for these gifts.

    The Zettelkasten Method is the concrete manifestation of the abstract principles of good thinking practices and knowledge creation.

    Will Simpson
    I'm a Zettelnant.
    Research: Rationalism, Zen, Non-fiction Creative Writing
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  • Hypothesis: drowning in swimming pools and electricity consumption (for air conditioning) are both driven by extended warm weather.

  • Great post @sfast. Much appreciated. The clear explanation of the three layers, how they relate to one another, and the practical examples were very instructive. Being able to see how the synthesis layer varies depending on the data and the interpretation of it (which both remain constant), was a big help. (It seems like you're really dialing in your interpretation and application of the ZK method. Can't wait for the course!)

  • Thanks for your kind words.

    @Eurobubba To many factors. Heightened wealth and prosperity could contribute as well.

    I am a Zettler

  • Thanks for a very informative post. I'm wondering, which method would be better to use: having phenomena in a separate note from the interpretation, or having them in the same note. On the one hand, it seems more flexible to have them in separate notes - I could theoretically have several interpretations of the same data and several trains of thought based on the same source data. On the other hand just writing notes that state facts I've read without any interpretation seems a bit dry. Then again, the Kant example resonates with me: there may be source data I don't even know how to interpret yet, thus having a purely phenomenological note makes sense. How do you approach this? Is it plausible to have a combination of both: sometimes having total separation of the three layers, sometimes integrating them into one note?

  • If you> @ptohver said:

    Thanks for a very informative post. I'm wondering, which method would be better to use: having phenomena in a separate note from the interpretation, or having them in the same note. On the one hand, it seems more flexible to have them in separate notes - I could theoretically have several interpretations of the same data and several trains of thought based on the same source data. On the other hand just writing notes that state facts I've read without any interpretation seems a bit dry. Then again, the Kant example resonates with me: there may be source data I don't even know how to interpret yet, thus having a purely phenomenological note makes sense. How do you approach this? Is it plausible to have a combination of both: sometimes having total separation of the three layers, sometimes integrating them into one note?

    When I have a source, I first try to be very acurate with describing it. The value is the filtering and the compression. You should need less words to make the same statement better.

    I seperate those layers not necessary by putting them in seperate Zettel. But when I have more than one interpretation I make this step to keep my Zettelkasten clean.

    I am a Zettler

  • Thank you!

  • @ptohver said:
    Thank you!

    You are very welcome.

    I am a Zettler

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