You second brain fools want the first brain only for processing and the second for storage. But I ask you, what would a computer be without caches? With no way to quickly retrieve often used and prioritiesed information. @firstname.lastname@example.org @email@example.com
@zacharius What do you use anki for, out of curiosity?
Ive been using anki primarily to memorize the syntax and functions of various programming languages. It is hard to think of a solution in code when you are constantly having to pause and look up how to do basic things. This is especially frustrating when you are switching between multiple languages regularly. Imagine trying to read when you only knew the definition for half the words. Anki helps me remember core syntax and libraries. Also use it for memorizing commands in Emacs
@zacharius Interesting, yeah I friend who mentioned that he used it for programming too. It's a good idea, maybe one I'll take up.
@zacharius Do you have a meta-pattern for determining a batch of info will benefit from Anki cacheing, or is it always obvious from your workflow?
@zacharius I've been thinking a lot about this issue. There's a world of difference between being able to look up a fact (ubiquitous) and knowing a fact (rare). And it's even rarer to have such a grasp of a topic that you can see abstract connections to unrelated things.
I've started using anki again, to memorise poetry of all things, and to manage a schedule of album listening. This is part of a regime of fiction, nonfiction, conversation, music, poetry, to improve writing.
@zacharius Also, Socrates worried about this: http://neamathisi.com/literacies/chapter-1-literacies-on-a-human-scale/socrates-on-the-forgetfulness-that-comes-with-writing
And someone sent me this weird paper (PDF) https://users.speakeasy.net/~lion/nb/book.pdf from years ago, about writing everything down. Reminds me of GTD a bit too.
Still, I do believe in writing things down to get them off my mind. And I do find that writing itself helps consolidate thoughts. I suppose that's different from viewing it as reference material though.
I'm still split on how much to do by hand and how much to type.
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