ISSUE NO. 241
A Critical Component of Human Memory Is Lost When Opting for a Digital Zettelkasten Instead of a True Zettelkasten—an Antinet!
Scott P. Scheper
Downtown San Diego, CA
Friday, 8:03 pm
OK, where did I leave off yesterday?
Oh yes, that's right.
I was talking about my illustriously wise decision to store my best wisdom from college on...
LIME GREEN NOTECARDS!
I also hinted at the daftness of this decision; black ink on lime green paper is not the most legible color combo! Yet, when I come across these cards today, I'm grateful. It reminds me of the time the notes are from.
You see, the lime green notecards contain not only ideas written on them. The lime green notecards transport me back in time. I'm transported back inside the room I lived in at the time.
It may sound out there but this is not a notion I'm pulling out of my ass! This comes from scientists who study human memory. It's called External Context.
External Context refers to the physical environment in which a person learns something. This includes location, environment, and your perspective. Your perspective derives from your position in the setting of your memory. External Context also includes other parts of your sensory system—sounds, smells, tastes, texture, and other sensations.
External Context is an important functional memory input. Its history dates as far back as 1932. Recent science reveals even more: what one learns in one environment, is better recalled later on in that environment, or similar environment.
Here is Why This is Important for You To Know...
In the digital age of today, far too many people discard the notion of External Context. This component is critical for building your memory and building your mind.
When you decide to switch from a digital zettelkasten to an analog one. You instantly experience the difference—the power—off External Context.
Much shall be written about this in the future.
But for now,
That's all you get.
In the future, I'll be releasing my book on the True version of Niklas Luhmann's Zettelkasten.
Because it's so early, and you're an early supporter of mine, I've decided to do something.
... And yes, it's insane.
... And no, there are no strings attached.
If you would like me to send you a free, signed copy of the book I released on how to build out your mind (aka, build an antinet zettelkasten), simply do this:
- Write to me, in handwritten format.
- On the piece of paper write something like:
"Hey Scott! I'd like for you to send me a copy of your book on the antinet (zettelkasten). Oh, and I'd love for you to sign it too. Also, thanks Scott for paying the shipping cost!"
- Mail the above handwritten letter to me at:
Scott P. Scheper
600 W. Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
I'll send you a copy of my new book on how to build your analog mind—the true zettelkasten—the antinet.
Mail this to me in the next week. After that time passes, I may be pulling this offer down. But it's good at least for a week.
If you're reading this now, it means, the offer is still valid! So follow the three steps outlined above—like right now. I'm serious!
Peace and love.
And always remember...
To stay crispy my friend.
Scott P. Scheper
Michael Jacob Kahana, Foundations of Human Memory. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 12. ↩︎
Ibid, 12. ↩︎