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Finding a Standard for Capturing Knowledge

A sapling growing from the ground, representing one captured unit of knowledge

One of the most important principles behind this project is that the notes I publish here are not finished. Today, I want to revisit some of my notes and make them better. And I want to take this opportunity to work out a few of the design principles behind this project.

The Standard for Every Note

These are the guidelines I follow for every note I create.

  1. Post draft: These notes are never finished, they are forever in a state of post draft. I will edit them as my thinking develops.
  2. Brief: These notes aim to be compact and take up only as much space as is needed to bring the point across.
  3. Agnostic: These notes do not follow a specific genre or style. Be it fiction, fact, or even poetry, these notes are free from convention.
  4. Atomic: Each note should attempt to capture one concept and once concept only.
  5. Interconnected: These notes come alive when they connect to each other in interesting ways, creating larger clusters of meaning.
  6. Open: These notes are open to criticism. While these are my thoughts and principles, I believe that they become better and more useful with feedback.
  7. Timeless: These notes are not bound by time or context. They contain no references. They represent an idea, a principle, in its purest form.

These principles heavily rely on the idea of Evergreen Notes, popularized by Andy Matuschak and Maggie Appleton.

I have adapted them to allow for different forms of creative expression. The vision I have for this project is to find new ways to mix the delivery of knowledge with art and creativity. I want to record what I have learned in interesting ways. It is not just about making a point, it is about creating something that resonates on an emotional level.

Changes (2)

🔵 UPDATED: Perfection is an illusion
🔵 UPDATED: The Minimum Viable Dream

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A Practical Understanding of Time

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