Andy Wilkinson

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Something I like to call "Background Information Processing" (the process where good ideas come to you in the shower) absolutely depends on having the raw material internalised, to an extent. Creativity is essentially combinatorial. The biggest breakthroughs in history came from applying something that worked in one field to another; or from combining two unrelated inventions. (Say: a wine press and wood type, in Gutenberg's case). If you want to connect the dots, you need to have them in your head—but the gist will do. It's very much a symbiotic relationship, where external tools help preserve the high-fidelity source material, and preserve connections over time. Alberto Manguel summed it up in his treatise on libraries: "The remembered order follows a pattern in my mind, the shape and division of the library, rather as a stargazer connects in narrative patterns the pinpoints of the stars; but the library in turn reflects the configuration of my mind, its distant astrologer." For best results, hold the table of contents in your mind and the details in your tools.
Feb 21, 2014
How Does Technology Affect Our Memory?
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This is a fascinating study in an area close to my heart. Good luck!
Feb 21, 2014
How Does Technology Affect Our Memory?
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