Reader Be Aware. There is a There There. Beware.

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First, I followed the trail Venkatesh Rao blazed below:

 

How to Take Your Brain Off-Road

The more you read, the more you know how to read, and the harder it is to get lost in reading. When you’ve read only a few things, it is not possible to get very lost because each book, article, blog post or tweet stands in isolation.

 

Venkatesh Rao is my personal Daniel Boone, mapping with blazes in the trees. Next, I acknowledge that I am more than a bit lost, but it’s the good kinda lost.

 

the zone or the woods

This map above is adapted from another rabbit hole of Rao’s, his “Breaking Smart Newsletter” (CF. below)

 

Is there a there there? You’ll know when you find it.

1/ You’ve probably read a hundred versions of the argument that in the software-eaten world, you have to “learn to learn.” 2/ In a world where masses of stored information are a google search away, learning has increasingly come to mean “doer skill.”

Then I created an annotation map using Hypothes.is here:

Is there a there there? You’ll know when you find it.

1/ You’ve probably read a hundred versions of the argument that in the software-eaten world, you have to “learn to learn.” 2/ In a world where masses of stored information are a google search away, learning has increasingly come to mean “doer skill.”

I leave quite a bit to the imagination here. I realize like Rao writes, “Everybody has a very different ambiguity and uncertainty tolerance. What feels like a rewarding search for meaning to me may seem like dissipation to you.” Rao argues for joining him on this trail by breaking smart.  He advises.

But big picture, the range of possible futures for humanity depends on our individual and collective ambiguity tolerance. Ours is an age of low ambiguity tolerance and a hunger for one determinate future for all. Resist! Increase your ambiguity tolerance. Help keep the future indeterminate!

Join in. Resist much & obey little. Get lost (and I mean that in the most congenial way I can imagine)!

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