writing as a means to understanding, even if Wikipedia remains a more thorough resource.
Linking new ideas to ones I’ve learned already can help me understand, contextualize, and remember them.
Breakthrough ideas in one domain are often inspired by ideas from another (inspired by James Burke’s Connections). Linking ideas together can help form new ideas.
Learning in public is better than learning in private. Our minds are echo-chambers: we need feedback. And most ideas have been thought already, so connecting our ideas to others’ can lead us to what is truly original.
Whatever interesting thoughts I had, I found myself thinking them over and over, as if my brain were trying to hold on to them. If I wrote them down somewhere I’d be sure to come back to them, could my brain move on to other thoughts?
The time I have to write has become shorter and less predictable since having kids: my youngest might wake up at 5am or 6:30am, and I got tired of waking at 5am to write, only to be interrupted 10 minutes later. If I can’t find the long stretches of uninterrupted time it takes to write essays, what format could I write in that fit my newfound time constraints?