Here's a good question: "If we carefully closed the right feedback loops, could we construct a creative flywheel that generates finished works?... knowledge gardening. You collect and plant idea seeds, returning periodically to water and weed... As a kind of self-organizing system, it can’t happen without some kind of feedback loop... [and] the feedback loops of most note-taking apps are broken, or non-existent."
I absolutely see this with Roam: "throwing your notes into the void... lost in the shuffle... Everything is feed-forward. There are no opportunities in the interface to stumble back over your notes". With "Knowledge gardening... I recurse over scratch notes, revise them, add to them, refactor them, and combine them with other ideas to form new ideas."
This, he maintains, is inherent to Zettelkastem, because the very physicality of index cards forces you to "file your note some place where you would want to stumble over it again", and as you seek that place you "recurse over notes you had forgotten about".
Also with tiny note-taking tool Notational Velocity, based around a "search-or-create mechanic ... where the "only way to create a new note ... was through the search bar. Typing would live-search your notes. Hitting enter would create a new note" but with each new idea you're seeing your old relevant past notes, so "Often you find yourself editing, or refactoring an old note".
In fairness, Roam has this. But I still find myself lost in my Roam graph, piling notes in without revisiting them.
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