Extracting ideas from texts, my epiphany
Some time ago @sfast said something along the lines of focusing on the ideas a book tries to convey and that these would naturally go into his Zettelkasten just as any other ideas. Back then I used the approach of collecting Luhmann-style notes ("on page X the author says Y") in Zotero and only moved my own commentary into the Zettelkasten. As simple as Sascha's statement was, i didn't grok it.
The last two weeks I read So good they can't ignore you from Cal Newport and really wanted to understand the approach he describes in his book. I could see early on, that he was describing some kind of model that I could visualize with a mind map and so I took to pen and paper after reading the book and created a mind map from my highlights. As the mind map formed, I realized I could translate it easily into a structure note and linked atomic notes in my Zettelkasten. And then Eureka! I finally saw the value in Sascha's statement.
Thinking more about it, I figured that reading is not so much about "reading words and sentences" but reading is about reverse engineering the ideas in the author's mind. I am still not sure this applies across the board to all non-fiction texts but it is a big revelation for me, anyways.
I am super excited and thankful to Sascha for placing that little bug in my mind.
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