A short Jordan Peterson clip on processing reading/lectures
A short Jordan Peterson(JP) clip (2+ minutes) @ youtube that succinctly puts together a lot of the ideas/suggestions behind processing reading that echo ideas the blog over the past few years:
JP mentions how to process books into your own thoughts =>
- don't highlight/underline as that is psuedo work
- read a few paragraphs or an essay, close the book and write down ** your own** thoughts on the reading
- write down what you are thinking in the context of what you are thinking about
This seems to mirror many of the principles that Christian mentions in his reading article: https://zettelkasten.de/posts/reading-putting-it-all-together/
JP discusses how he remember things extemporaneously during a lecture via thinking things (ideas) out:
- he has thought through what he has read
- he relates to all sorts of other ideas
- asks if he believes it
- thinks how he can criticize it
He relates this process to creating 'memory hooks' in '5 different' which feels exactly link linking a Zettel to another.
He also mentions once he has gone thought the process this he 'gets' the idea and it becomes 'part of' him.
JP emphasizes how this process is part of recall versus recognition.
He notes that we should separate reading and note taking => his steps are
READ => THINK => WRITE or READ => WRITE THINK (as he notes writing and thinking are quite similar) which basically parallels the READ => PROCESS => CREATE ZETTEL
JP advises against reading a book and copying a sentence down. He emphasizes that you must read a sentence => close the book => reformulate it => then it is yours
Some of my own general comments:
Many clever people basically create mental Zettelkasten like Jordan Peterson describes => run into idea, play w/ it, connect it to other ideas
Much note taking and highlighting/underlining is pseudo work and collection. And in a GTD sense they are open loops => scattered pieces strewn around reminding us to think and process about whatever we noted, highlighted, or underlined => most never get to the thinking part
Thx for reading. Any other comments are appreciated!
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