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A short (preliminary) guide to Spaced Repetition in Roam Research

Note: This workflow builds on a very new feature of Roam that’s still quite rough around the edges. But it’s very powerful already, and I’ll link to updated workflows as this feature develops. Roam Research just released a new feature that - while still the absolute MVP and rough around the edges - already offers a fantastic way of doing Spaced Repetition in Roam. For very thorough primers on what Spaced Repetition is and why you should absolutely do it, check these essays by Gwern and Michael Nielsen.

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My grandfather's research technique - Index, Proto-Zettelkasten, Paper

My father recently sent me a study/research-guide that my grandfather had printed in 1984 for his students called “Introduction to the Study of Eastern Church History”. He was a history professor researching Eastern Christianity and wrote his dissertation about “The Jacobite Church in the Age of the Syrian Renaissance”. I never met him, but judging from stories and evidenced by this text he was a meticulous researcher and took his work very seriously.

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How to cure Highlight Dementia

I have no idea how much ink has been spillt in the least five years by people using highlighters to mark up articles and books, but I would bet good money that most of it has been in vain. The reason for this is what I call Highlight Dementia - the face you make when you go back through your highlights and you’re like “whaaa…why did I highlight this, this is useless?

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Actor's Concepts and Inventing Discovery

Can you play chess without knowing that you are doing so? Take a second to think about it - is this at all possible? I would argue that you can’t - you need to know the rules and you need to have some sort of language to communicate with your opponent that “checkmate” means the game is over. The language in which you do this doesn’t matter - English, French, German, Sign Language…all that matters is that you know the rules and can distinguish the figures.

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