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ISSUE NO. 250

My Honest Opinion on Whether or Not an Antinet (i.e., an Analog Zettelkasten) is For Everyone

FROM:

Scott P. Scheper

Downtown San Diego, CA

TO:

You*

START:

Sunday 5:13 pm

Dear Friend,

On the matter of why one should even both with, or consider seriously, the notion of building an antinet, here's the deal:

FOR MOST PEOPLE THE ANTINET IS NOT FOR THEM!

I'm one who shall forever lean towards idealism; yet lean only—as I hold too much ideology leads to poor thinking.[1]

I'll forego my predictions of whether or not Luhmann would stick to his analog zettelkasten, or use a digital offshoot of it, if he were alive today.

I'm not looking to create an orthodox movement. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "I think religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue." I say to you this: when building your antinet, opt for 96% analog, minimum. Note cards, and pen. That's all you really need. However, if you wish to use a digital bibliography reference management system (e.g. Zotero), that's fine. Hell, perhaps it's even fine to use a digital index. But whatever you do, not not digitize the main component—the thinking.

Here is what I believe to be true: The antinet is the best way to create the genius-level work you're capable of. Period.

Sure, I could go on forever and ever trying to convince the skeptics of such by intellectualizing them with a plethora of psychology research. I could (and regardless will) provide studies supporting my belief in the antinet sourced from independent studies. Indeed, I'll back up my arguments with examples of intellectual titans, and creative wonders who write by hand, and use systems very similar to antinets. I'd share examples of both living, and dead.[2]

Yet, I do not have much hope for such swaying people. I do not think my preaching will persuade one to my views—i.e. the superiority of analog thinking systems.

Why?

As one psychologist famously put it, our state of confidence and belief in things are based on what we have experienced, not what we have learned intellectually.[3]

Yet even beyond my proposition to simply just shut your mouth and test out an antinet system, I hold a rather unexpected point of view...

The point of view I hold may surprise some of you. It is this:

I DO NOT THINK THE ANTINET IS FOR EVERYONE.

Tomorrow, I will share with you why I believe this.

Until then,

Always remember,

To stay crispy my friend.

Scott P. Scheper

AKA, "The Craziest Mofo' You've Ever Met"

P.S. 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 the antinet. 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.


Footnotes:
  1. "I think religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue." - Benjamin Franklin ↩︎

  2. Living examples of antinetters: Jerry Seinfeld, Ryan Holiday, Elizabeth Gilbert. Dead examples of antinetters: Richard Feynman, Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Johnson. ↩︎

  3. Maltz, Maxwell. Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Expanded. Updated Perigee trade paperback edition. New York: Perigee Book, 2015. ↩︎

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Sunday pm 5:58 pm

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