constellations

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

Starting from small crumbs doesn’t work for me as most thoughts are not crumbs but rather like Gestalts. Not that stuff is born from my mind as a fully grown and armed Athena, but notes, ideas and thoughts are mostly not a single thing but a constellation of notions, examples, existing connections and intuited connections.

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In those constellations, the connections and relations are a key piece for me to express. In wiki those connections are links, but while still key, they are less tangible, not treated as actual content and not annotated. Teasing out the crumbs of such a constellation routinely constitutes a lot of overhead I feel, and to me the primary interest is in those small or big constellations, not the crumbs.

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The only exception to this is having a way of visualising links between crumbs, based on how wiki pages link to each other, because such visualisations may point to novel constellations for me, emerging from the collection and jumble of stuff in the wiki. That I think is powerful.

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1 Elsewhere in the garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

  • My personal wiki requirements
  • something that makes writing easy to do and easy to maintain. Whatever works best for you for getting your ideas down, is the most important.
  • Next up is some way of linking those ideas.
  • A way to help you see the constellations of your thoughts
  • If you want it to feed into publish discussion (which I do), you probably want some way of publishing it.
  • Libre software. I don't want to use a commercial VC-funded silo that will monetise me and my thoughts, then close down.
  • 2020-07-20

That’s great. I hear lots of good things about Obsidian. How did the connection happen? (I’m very interested in constellation formation!)

org-roam has backlinks and graphing capability. To be honest, although I've kicked the tires, I haven't made much active use of the sense-making features yet though.

I've noticed some constellations of interest forming around agency, self-determination, networked agency, assemblage thinking, actor-network theory, the actor model. Which tie into my past interests in agent-based systems, and technological and political distributed systems.

It should aid pattern recognition / finding constellations.

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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