Sönke Ahrens

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It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it works for me and I am not aware of any other software which resembles Luhmann's system as close as this one. Having said that, I feel there is a lot of interesting tinkering going on at the moment and it's worth keeping an eye open for new solutions. (less)
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How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
"Parts of it read a bit like a dump of every pop-psych meme of the past ten years, but at its heart, it's a thorough and well-argued deep dive into a note-taking system from the future. I wouldn't be surprised if, twenty years from now, the slip-box m" Read more of this review »
How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
"I'll need to annotate this book into my Zettelkasten.

Update in June 2020, after a second reading I've decided that this is the book I will start with to begin my slip-box."
The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish
"If you've read Charlie Munger's Almanack this is the book you deeply crave in its wake. Shane's done a wonderful job over the past few years making mental models approachable through FS.blog. A mental model is a way to look at a problem through a cer" Read more of this review »
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“Learning, thinking, and writing should not be about accumulating knowledge, but about becoming a different person with a different way of thinking. This is done by questioning one’s own thinking routines in light of new experiences and facts.”
Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers

“The real enemy of independent thinking is not an external authority, but our own inertia. The ability to generate new ideas has more to do with breaking with old habits of thinking than with coming up with as many ideas as possible.”
Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers

“The most important advantage of writing is that it helps us confront ourselves when we do not understand something as well as we would like to believe.”
Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers

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