#ThinkingInPublic - Compound value of notes in networked notebooks accrues from being "forced" (enabled?) to interact with and "process" notes while making new ones. Block-level backlinks further enhance this powerful effect.
[[@gordonbrander]] calls this "forced interaction" --> "feedback loops" (h/t [[@Mappletons]]): subconscious.substack.com/p/knowledge-ga…
@gordonbrander @Mappletons [[@andy_matuschak]] calls this approximating [[SRS]] (for [[sys/Evergreen Notes]]): notes.andymatuschak.org/Evergreen_note…
@gordonbrander @Mappletons @andy_matuschak [[@beauhaan]] implements this as a conversation partner with a centrally-indexed [[sys/Zettelkasten]], and has a process that forces you to engage with the central index before/while you add to it. a powerful port of Luhmann's classic analog system.
@gordonbrander @Mappletons @andy_matuschak @beauhaan Important point: raw page backlinks without the **context** of the link (e.g., links in "related" sections w/o accompanying expository text) feel a lot less generative. More on this here: zettelkasten.de/posts/backlink…
@gordonbrander @Mappletons @andy_matuschak @beauhaan The new crop of networked notebooks (with [[sys/RoamResearch]] and [[sys/Obsidian]] as key exemplars of block-based and page-based approaches) make it easy to link and back-link with context. See example from Obsidian backlinks:
@gordonbrander @Mappletons @andy_matuschak @beauhaan A block-based structure increases the surface area even more (beyond the same line/sentence). You in principle have access to a whole (sub)tree of additional feedback loops. Example:
@gordonbrander @Mappletons @andy_matuschak @beauhaan This is a noticeable step up for me from the classic [[sys/Wiki]] style of backlinks, which do not provide context by default (although this isn't really a hard technical limitation of the medium)
Example of classic wiki-backlinks: Image
Example of Obsidian contextual backlinks: Image

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26 Feb
Love this metaphor!

A quick 🧵 to illustrate how much compression and expressivity we can pack into a @RoamResearch block to power synthesis.

cc #roamcult
Let's consider the following block (what I call an "observation note" from my conceptual/process model for synthesis: oasislab.pubpub.org/pub/54t0y9mk/r…) Image
The block has context from "below" via 1) a context snippet snapshot of the Table of results, indented under the note, and also hyperlinked into it, 2) methods details that live as blocks (which are themselves contextualized by context snippets via indentation and hyperlinking). Image
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28 Dec 20
So excited to begin to share this system for knowledge synthesis I've been developing (in conversation w/ affordances of @RoamResearch, my own pain points as a researcher, and the scientific literature on tools for thought)!

A 🧵for context 👇
The motivation for this system is to empower as many people as possible to do effective knowledge synthesis
Synthesis --- such as an effective theory or model, a systematic review, or critical review of existing knowledge to identify the most important knowledge gaps - is a crucial engine of scientific progress

My favorite source for this is Strike and Posner
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12 Nov 20
Lifehack with @RoamResearch + tabcopy.com

Declare tab bankruptcy (use tabcopy to copy all the URLs to Roam and CLOSE THE TABS), but add SRS so they resurface periodically. Then chip away at it, slowly whittling down the list as you connect them to your idea graph. Image
Advantages of this over leaving tabs open:
* Contextualized in time (bc of spot in daily notes time stream)
* Can control its draw on my attention
* Can incrementally formalize
* I'm not staring at 100000000000 tabs
Some more details on the workflow: 1/N
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25 Sep 20
I am *very* excited about the potential for augmented collective intelligence as @RoamResearch begins to roll out multiplayer and API. I think balancing context and privacy is going to be one of the most important challenges to solve to realize this potential. A 🧵on why/how 1/N
There is an immense amount of value in personal knowledge graphs, whether they are represented in a latent way as a linear notebook, or (as is increasingly the case) as personal wikis or [[networked notebooks]]
Personal knowledge graphs used to be a niche domain of Hackers, but, with the rise of tools like @RoamResearch and @TiddlyWiki , is slowly but surely making its way through the rest of the knowledge worker userbases. Some details on this here: github.com/sig-cm/JCDL-20…
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27 Aug 20
This whole exchange produced immensely valuable pedagogical exchanges that will probably be useful to others for years/decades to come! Thinking crazy thoughts now about borderless classrooms / MOOCs / learning communities 1/n
Whoops, did bad Twitter threading. Resuming thread here: 2/n
Importantly, the q came in an unexpected "package" (in terms of demographic and form), a beautiful thing in terms of diversifying how qs can be asked and by whom: 3/n
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17 Jul 20
Excellent summary by @Dereklowe in @ScienceMagazine with some positive news about immunity to #COVID19 - from what I can tell, two things to note: 1/n
1: antibodies may fade quickly (within ~few months to a few years), but T-cells might stick around way longer and still provide some meaningful protection. 2/n Image
2: there may be some cross-reactive (t-cell?) protection from related coronaviruses, possibly the common cold 3/n Image
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