Building a writing that gains from disorder

Fragile is the property of things that aren’t good with any kind of stressors. Glass is fragile.

Resilience is the property of things that can go back to its original state after a stressor is applied. Metal is resilient.

Robust is the property…

The singularities of space and time within Roam Research

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Nietzsche Faksimile KGW IX 1 3 N VII 1

I know there is a lot of hype around Niklas Luhmann’s note-taking system—zettelkasten. The argument in favor is that he wrote a lot of books. But he was a prodigious thinker, not because of his note-taking system. …

Or how to grow a digital jungle

«I myself, while writing these lines, try to avoid the tyranny of a precise and explicit plan, drawing from an opaque source inside me that gives me surprises.»
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile

Ants are better than organs

Ants are very captivating creatures. They can produce complex, apparently intelligent structures, without planning, control, or even direct communication between the ants. …

Writing on the graph

(I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Roam Research and do not in any way profit from commissions or referrals to it. I’m just a regular user. Some ideas can be applied to apps like Roam Research.)

Traditional digital writing

When you start using Roam, you may have the temptation to…

Or how to be a phrase-thinker

I want to talk about my experience in both — the antifragile writing and the app.

I’m not planning to get too technical or instructional. There are other sources for that. In the end, this is about writing and thinking.

But the thing is that these ideas and their final delivery are written mostly on Roam per se so I can’t promise rigid linear writing…

Or what is the difference between a library and a forest

[…] does an incredible job as a note-taking, brainstorming, information-gathering tool, working much like your brain does to allow you to capture, link, and organize ideas in a flash. It really shines as an IA tool. It allows you to quickly prototype maps of information, establishing links between ideas (or pages or nodes), sites, or other files.*

Sounds good, right? Well, this description is not for Roam. It’s a review written in 2002 for a great app called Tinderbox. Yep, 2002. And everything in the review is true.

Roam Research is not the first app that tries to be the…

The pursuit of success is time-oriented — you draw a line from your past to an ideal future. A fragile line depending on events and obstacles.

That’s opposite to the…

Against what my teachers and Aristotle taught me, via negativa is one of the most powerful forms of thinking for learning and making decisions. Some examples.

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Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

When you choose a career, for example, you decide through via negativa, especially in nonconventional careers. You can’t exactly know what your career is about because you haven’t course it.

Ask any new student to define what her career goes about and ask them again when they have finished it or if they are working on it. No way she could know what was it about. But she knew what it wasn’t.

When you…

No, it’s not about the backlinks

Let me differ. The reason why Roam is a game-changer app in its category is the graph database. No, not the graph visualization of your notes. A graph database is a very technical concept. …

Adolfo Ramírez Corona

Author, psychotherapist, coach—Human behavior, UX, media and audiences—Father, husband, meditator—New book: We Are Not Shakespeare in Quarantine

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