Creating a relationship between two ideas¶
One of the fundamental ways of manipulating ideas is to create relationships of comparison between them. Simile is a perfect example of this. The relationship can be positive, negative or neutral - but it forms a link.
- Three ways to manipulate ideas
- Note composition is making links
- Composing notes is done by building a network of hyperlinks - creating relationships between them. This is analogous to building relationships between ideas.
- Compounding Ideas
- You can combine two ideas into one. This is a kind of 'strong bond' between the two original ideas, where a relationship could be seen as a 'weak bond'. All complex ideas are built by compounding simpler ideas together.
- Abstraction of ideas
- Notes should be densely linked
- When writing permanent zettelkasten-style notes then composing notes is done by making links between them. Creating relationships between ideas builds context, and understanding requires an idea to have context.