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Writing as a user interface that facilitates thinking


Everything humans use is a user interface for performing some task. Writing-is-a-way-to-record-thought-through-language, so in a way, we use it as a user interface for thinking.

Humans are exceedingly good at inventing UIs on the fly. Often, thoughts are better encoded using multiple modalities rather than pure text/language. Diagrams, symbols, and equations. Some representations recruit the visual and motor cortex, using additional brain hardware than pure language. Having-the-right-user-interface-is-instrumental-in-performing-a-task.

Constructing and interpreting representations is necessary for learning new concepts and developing domain expertise.


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