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Hi, I’m Aristotelis! Welcome to my notes. To address some naturally occurring questions about these notes: Why-do-I-write-notes What-do-I-want-from-my-notes I treat these Notes as a lifelong thinking partner and I think...

Backlinks can create implicit nodes in networked notes

Notes should be densely linked, but it can be a high friction activity to stop and create a proper note whenever there is a need for it. Friction reduces the...

Crafting an idea and presenting it to an audience are separate efforts

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Linked Notes

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Note types help separate insight from general writing

I Keep all notes in a single folder because it makes it easier for me to keep my note-taking practice. This combined with the fact that I use Writing as...