Moving towards a blog-like use of an Are.na channel as a publishing platform in its own right. Most blocks concerned with the way Are.na is used, the Are.na community, general knowledge management practice, etc.
Read it from the bottom, like a blog!
WA: I am fascinated by the river which is knowledge. Everything flows, the mating cycles of sea turtles, architecture in the colonial Andes, dictatorship within the circuitry of the old Soviet Empire, palpable life in the oceans of Europa… For instance, I was sitting in my reading room one late afternoon and became fascinated by a momentary dust beam, a thin ray of light which illuminated particles of dust, dreamlike, without transition opened up a National Geographic sitting next to me, and opened to an article on Albania. The trance of the dust beam transmuted to language which symbiotically meshed with Albania and its experience with its long term dictator Enver Hoxha. Which resulted in my poem Albania & The Death of Enver Hoxha. In this sense I remain unchartable even in terms of my own recollection. One stays in a state of what I would term poetic alertness. It is, of course hearing at the level of nths, of constantly wafting like a hawk in an ozone of savour, which, when combined, with natural curiosity, the unexpected transpires.
The hyperlink was a godsend for this reason. When I want to refer to something I’ve written before I just link to it in the text, and presto, it’s available but not too intrusive. That makes it possible to “import” a set of ideas much like you can import a code library when programming. With this mechanism increasingly advanced structures can be built. Imagine how it would cripple software if we could no longer reuse code like this. Well, that’s where ordinary journalism is right now. So they become boring to theoretically-minded people who do read a lot and want something more.
"One of the things that made his Zettelkasten or slip box (or note card file) so intriguing to the larger (German) public was a 1981 paper, entitled "Kommunikation mit Zettelkästen. Ein Erfahrungsbericht" (Communication with Index Card Systems. An Empirical Account. [...]) Luhmann claimed that his file was something of a collaborator in his work, a largely independent partner in his research and writing. It might have started out as a mere apprentice when Luhmann was still studying himself (in 1951), but after thirty years of having been fed information by the human collaborator it had acquired the ability of surprising him again an again. Since the ability of genuinely surprising one another is an essential characteristic of genuine communication, he argued that there was actually communication going on between himself and his partner in theory.
Luhmann also described his system as his secondary memory (Zweitgedächtnis), alter ego, or his reading memory or (Lesegedächtnis)."
There is a trade-off between economy of storage and economy of search: if each item of knowledge is stored once, in a dense conceptual interlock, there is a strong economy of storage but a heavy requirement for search expenditure. On the other hand, if each item is stored redundantly in each appropriate conceptual domain, search is rapid but storage redundancy high. (cf de Beaugrande)
Relational frame theory argues that the building block of human language and higher cognition is relating, i.e. the human ability to create bidirectional links between things.