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ISSUE NO. 242

Niklas Luhmann's Original Zettelkasten Was "All 'Bout That Action, Boss"

FROM:

Scott P. Scheper

Downtown San Diego, CA

TO:

You*

START:

Saturday, 5:40 pm

Dear Friend,

Roughly a year ago I spent numerous evenings on my patio, smoking a cigar, while watching a philosophical discussion on YouTube. It was a fascinating discussion between two great intellectual minds of today: Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson.[1] They discussed topics spanning religion, philosophy, politics, and society.

During the philosophical discussion, Jordan Peterson was asked pointedly, "Do you believe in God?"

His response made a lasting impression on me.

Peterson explains the problem with the question. He points out that people have different connotations of what belief means. He also points out that people have different connotations of what God means. The probability that a person construes belief, and God, the same way Peterson construes belief, and God is low. Yet, instead of going down the rabbit-hole into the ontological nature of belief, and God, Peterson responds with a most-brilliant answer:[2]

"I ACT AS IF GOD EXISTS."

Peterson's answer nails it on many levels.

It's not about belief; it's about action.

As the late great copywriter Gary Halbert put it...

Movement Over Meditation.[3]

Or, my favorite...

As the great running back, Marshawn Lynch put it...

Just be 'bout that action, boss.[4]

Believe it or not, Niklas Luhmann architected action into his own antinet Zettelkasten.

His system was constructed to not rely on pre-conceived order that aimed to be perfectly constructed. He made this clear when he advised against creating rigid topics and sub-topics, characteristic of the Dewey Decimal System.

For the inner life of the card index, for the arrangement of notes or its mental history, it is most important that we decide against the systematic ordering in accordance with topics and sub-topics and choose instead a firm fixed place (Stellordnung).[5]

Luhmann aimed to reduce the upfront complexity in building a knowledge system. His system centered on action. By reducing the complexity up front, it enables the mind to construct complexity where it matters—the content of one's ideas.

This decision about structure is that reduction of the complexity of possible arrangements, which makes possible the creation of high complexity in the card file and thus makes possible its ability to communicate in the first place.[5:1]

In the future, I'll be releasing my book on the True nature of Niklas Luhmann's Zettelkasten, The Antinet.

Because it's so early, and you're an early supporter of mine, I've decided to do something that will end up costing me a lot of money...

I've decided to give you a copy of my new book, signed by me, and I'll even pay for the cost of shipping it to you!

Yes, I will send you a free, signed copy of the book I release on Antinet Zettelkastens. This book will show you precisely how Luhmann created an analog thinking mind that was responsible for producing 70 books, and 550 papers. The system will enable you to create the genius-level work you're capable of producing.

All I ask is that you do the following:

  1. Write to me, in handwritten format.
  2. On the piece of paper write something like:

"Hey Scott! I'd like for you to send me a copy of your book on Antinet Zettelkastens. Oh, and I'd love for you to sign it too. Also, thanks Scott for paying the shipping cost!"

  1. Mail the above handwritten letter to me at:

Scott P. Scheper
600 W. Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101

Mail this to me in the next week. After that, 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! Follow the steps outlined above... like right now! I'm serious!

That's all I'm gonna say on that.

If it's not obvious how much of a no-brainer this offer is at this point, then... well to hell with it. And to hell with you!

Kidding!

(Actually, I'm not. If you don't want a free book signed by me, you eat crayons).

Oh, and why am I asking you to write me a hand-written letter?

Because I want you to stop being a lazy pussy. I want you to invest time in someone who wants to change your life.

I'm not someone who wants the lazy-ass email addresses of average Joe-blows.

I want to communicate with the best people, and I want to serve the very best people.

The people I serve are ones serious enough about their growth and craft that gasp... they'll actually take the time to mail in a simple letter requesting a free book on it!

Alright, enough of my preaching. Turn off the noise and distraction of your mind. Do as I say. Seriously. Do this now:

  1. Write to me, in handwritten format.
  2. On the piece of paper write something like:

"Hey Scott! I'd like for you to send me a copy of your book on Antinet Zettelkastens. Oh, and I'd love for you to sign it too. Also, thanks Scott for paying the shipping cost!"

  1. Mail the above handwritten letter to me at:

Scott P. Scheper
600 W. Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101

Got it?

Good!

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Peace and love.

And always remember...

To stay crispy my friend.

Sincerely,

Scott P. Scheper



Footnotes:
  1. There are multiple parts. Each are worth the watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jey_CzIOfYE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEf6X-FueMo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqpYxD71hJU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aALsFhZKg-Q ↩︎

  2. Here is a YouTube video of Peterson discussing this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKG4_psaC9k ↩︎

  3. “The Gary Halbert Letter,” accessed March 31, 2021, https://www.thegaryhalbertletter.com/newsletters/zkza_nuggets.htm. ↩︎

  4. Mike S, Marshawn Lynch “I’m Just 'bout That Action Boss,” 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKTWiRrSEG4. ↩︎

  5. “Zettelkasten Online Paper by Niklas Luhmann: Communication with a Notebox (Revised Edition).” Accessed August 3, 2021. https://daily.scottscheper.com/zettelkasten/ ↩︎ ↩︎

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Saturday 6:49 pm

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