1 Jan, 7 tweets, 2 min read
If there is no "hierarchy" in Roam, there is no true "nesting" of bullets. There are only different relationships.

Nested bullets *do not* indicate a parent-child relationship - they talk about "AND" (÷) vs "OR" (×) relationships.
A union B = OR relationship
A intersect B = AND relationship
A nested bullet has an AND relationship with its parent or child; A bullet in the same level has an OR relationship with siblings. Each time we create an indent, it is not creating something smaller - you are creating a new circle with an intersection with the "parent".
Am I crazy? Why does this matter at all? It matters - *a lot*, because it transforms our thinking in Roam:
Traditional parent-child view compared with and/or relationships more akin to mathematical sets.

"Chunk of blocks" vs "single block" as granular unit
In a hierarchical view, we can only go one way → Downwards. We perceive information to be narrowing, getting more and more specific.

In a flat, horizontal view, we can go from a "child" block to a "parent" block too. Most importantly, when going down, info can *expand* too.
Firstly, it's not true that we achieve lesser information as we go down. The opposite is true sometimes - by specifying, we turn something 'abstract' into something of more information. With more information, it can subset into other "parents" as well - hence, a network graph.

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# More from @syncretizm

31 Dec 20
My attempt to visualize the differences between a [[page]] and a ((block)) in @RoamResearch with my horrible drawing skills
It seems that [[page]]s seem to travel perpendicularly to ((block)) creation. Almost like it grows organically at the same time while sharing those blocks. It is almost like a query, but a fascinating question pops out:
Why is there an ability to generate blocks within a [[page]], if this page does not live as a block, but simultaneously in every other block? It's almost like the [[page]] is from a different dimension.