NOTE-TAKING

How to Take Notes: Insights From AI, Neuroscience, a Sociologist, and a Free App

Insights and tools to help you take better notes and think better

Hause Lin
Hause Lin
Jul 19, 2020 · 5 min read

Free and incredible note-taking app: Obsidian

Obsidian note-taking app
Multi-pane editor and knowledge graph. Screen recording by the author.

Sociologist Niklas Luhmann’s note-taking system

Niklas Luhmann and Zettelkasten
Niklas Luhmann developed influential sociology theories and the Zettelkasten note-taking method.

His note-taking system was based on two simple principles that are now central to AI, programming, and neuroscience: modularity and links.

Obsidian note-taking app focuses on connecting notes
Obsidian note-taking app focuses on connecting notes
Obsidian’s link-as-first-class-citizen principle. Screenshot by the author.

AI and programming: modularity principle

Modularity or atomicity principle of note-taking and programming
Photo by Ryan Quintal on Unsplash

Each note should contain only one concept or idea — no more, no less.

Neuroscience: neurons without connections are useless

Connections between notes are as important as connections between neurons.
Photo by Josh Riemer on Unsplash

Creating connections between modular notes is key to great note-taking and thinking.

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Hause Lin

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