connecting the dots

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While it's useful to break down ideas into fine-grained units, collecting the dots, you have to connect them back together again to make sense of them. A collection of dots isn't much use (although just navigating around them can be fun).

After connecting the dots, I kind of think you need to colour the picture in, and then hang it on the wall for others to see.

Knowledge is not an accumulation of facts, nor is it even a set of facts and their relations. Facts are only rendered meaningful within narratives, and the single-page document is a format very conducive to narrative structure.

Open Transclude

People often get carried away when they discover the original vision of hypertext, which involves a network of documents, portions of which are “transcluded” (included via hypertext) into one another. The implication is that readers could follow any reference and see the source material—and granted, this would be transformative. However, there’s a limit to the effectiveness of the knowledge network as a reading experience. “Hypertext books,” online books which are made up of an abundance of interlinked HTML pages, are mostly unpopular.

Open Transclude

Pattern recognition.

1 Elsewhere in the garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

How do you show someone around your garden? Connecting the dots. You can provide some paths to some degree in the wiki itself. But also turn it into articles from time to time, your own curated path for the here and now.

While it's useful to break down ideas into fine-grained units, collecting the dots, you have to connect them back together again to make sense of them. A collection of dots isn't much use (although just navigating around them can be fun).

A nice word for connecting the dots / pattern recognition I think. I first saw it used by Ton.

See: connecting the dots.

I really like the ideas of patterns, constellations, Gestalts. Constellations is naturally quite close to the idea of connecting the dots! For my wikiblog to help me learn and grow my ideas, it definitely needs to help me see these constellations. I do sometimes wonder about the merits of making every concept as small as possible. Perhaps in the right context, yes, but I don't feel that doing it dogmatically will always be helpful.

AKA connecting the dots.

There is much to be said for the zettelkasten / tiddler approach. But - also I think the long player is vital too. The occassional connecting of the dots into longer-forms (AKA articles). It's a type of path or a thread of your ideas, made sense of and hand-curated at a point in time by yourself, to share with others. Sitting somewhere between the garden and the stream? It's kind of an entry point into your garden that your share into the stream.

There is much to be said for the zettelkasten / tiddler approach. But - also I think the long player is vital too. The occassional connecting of the dots into longer-forms (AKA articles). It's a type of path or a thread of your ideas, made sense of and hand-curated at a point in time by yourself, to share with others. Sitting somewhere between the garden and the stream? It's kind of an entry point into your garden that your share into the stream.

I want my wiki to be a sensemaking aid - after collecting the dots, to help me then connect them and see the constellations.

I want my wiki to be a sensemaking aid - after collecting the dots, to help me then connect them and see the constellations.

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