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ISSUE NO. 243

The Fundamental Component Missing From Digital Zettelkastens

FROM:

Scott P. Scheper

Downtown San Diego, CA

TO:

You*

START:

Sunday 3:56 pm

Dear Friend,

My strategy with The Daily Scott Scheper is a work-in-progress. You're watching it unfold first hand.

Most recently I have transitioned from publishing my daily content in podcast format to written format.

This, like everything I've done thus far, is an experiment.

Thus far, I like it. Hell, I even like you, the person reading this.

Why?

Because you're a reader!

And, you know how I know you're a reader? It's simple. Because you're reading this.

Anyway, what I have roughly planned is to just continue my quest in writing about antinet zettelkastens. What I mean by antinet zettelkastens is an analog thinking internet. This is the very system that Niklas Luhmann used.

Luhmann wouldn't recognize so-called digital zettelkastens today, just like Jesus of Nazareth wouldn't recognize what Christianity is today.

There are many reasons why I hold this as true.

Today, however, I shall provide one fundamental component of Luhmann's system. This fundamental component is missing from an estimated 96% of digital zettelkastens.
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Luhmann outlines this fundamental component in the very beginning of his paper on how his zettelkasten works.[2]

Information is an intra-systematic event. It results when one compares one message or entry with regard to other possibilities. Information, accordingly, originates only in systems which possess a comparative schema—even if this amounts only to: "this or something else."

You see, built into every single note in Luhmann's system is one requirement: he must decide where the note belongs. It forces associations, and associations stand as the fundamental building block of human memory. One must decide if the note is associated with this or something else. It is a comparative schema built into the very root of Luhmann's antinet zettelkasten, which surfaces the magic of his system.

Unfortunately, this fundamental component is watered down to near extinction in the world of digital zettelkastens.

For those of you who love digital tools like Obsidian (it's a great tool for writing, I agree!), here's the truth: you're not tapping into the true power of zettelkasten.

Not to worry, though. That's what I'm here to clear up.

In the future, I'll be releasing a book on the true nature of Niklas Luhmann's Zettelkasten. I refer to Luhmanesque zettelkastens as, antinets.

Because 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!

I'll restate that. 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. It will show you step-by-step how to create the system responsible for producing 70 books, and 550 papers. The antinet zettelkasten 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. 96% is a figure pulled out of my ass. I use the following scale to estimate things (based on the pareto 80/20 principle; as well as a fractal of the 80/20 principle). My scale is: <-4%-20%-50%-80%-96%->... I do not use 0% or 100%. ↩︎

  2. “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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Sunday 4:14 pm

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