SuperMemo fan goes Incremental Reading
I’ve done a lot less blogging lately (yeah right… like I ever did much). My life is coming more and more entrenched by the existence of my external hypocampus. From the scientific point of view this structure makes it possible to form long term memories. From a singularity point of view my external hypocampus (e.a. Supermemo) is become more important in life. Not that kind of importance that you live up to ways supermemo author says about giving up conventional life, but as an enhancement to no worrying anymore about my learning going into one ear (or both eyes) and not even reaching my cortex.
I’ve though Incremental Reading would be a great way to enhance my learning, but in order to get deeper in this practice I needed to know if I wasn’t the only one searching for this Holy Grail of acquiring vast amount of info. Fellow Supermemoer Nattan has done the job of going to the process of using Incremental reading and then telling how does it feel to take it from ground cero (almost). His been a fan of not overloading the learning process by limiting the input. His response about the experience speaks for its self check it out.
Incremental Reading: The Result
OK, I’ve been using Incremental Reading long enough to see a number of articles get digested from ARTICLE form to ITEM form. In short, I am now an Incremental Reading fan, I will never go back.
In long: For me, Supermemo has been a “pit-stop” on my learning journey. I would learn things through reading, watching TV documentaries, discussions with others, etc., and when I had time I would put it into Supermemo. Because I have always learned this way I never questioned the methods. I tried Incremental Reading in the past but I was not willing to give it the necessary priority.
When using Incremental Reading to the full, learning via Supermemo is no longer a stop-and-go process (Learn elsewhere, write down, put into Supermemo), but is an almost organic process, ideas constantly changing and becoming more refined. I no longer look at reading material as words set in stone, but instead as a brainstorming dialogue between me and the author. Ideas are presented, I “catch” the ideas worth further consideration, and I brainstorm with myself over what the true meaning is. Some ideas are clear when you first read them (And can quickly become a flashcard). Others are not so clear and require further brainstorming and dialogue to arrive at a clear statement (Therefore, a flashcard).
So my conclusion: It is a self-brainstorming tool, working towards the goal of your intellectual benefit (Assuming the reading material benefits you intellectually). I see no reason why it could not be used in SOME WAY in everybody’s life. Now that I’m using it regularly, I love it.
I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged, but I have found it more convenient to read through Incremental Reading; first I found a .txt file of the book and am currently reading it chapter-by-chapter (I’m much more likely to regularly read this now that it is in the Incremental Reading process). I plan to do the same things with other required reading material in my life.
Another thing! When I hit 30,000 items I am rewarding myself with an EEEPC 1000HE, a small but powerful XP Netbook. The sole purpose of the Netbook will be Supermemo. Then I will be able to take my Supermemo progress with me wherever I go.
Also, if doing this BY MYSELF is so enjoyable RIGHT NOW, I can’t help but wonder what it will be like when I find a girl that is of the same mind as me, and the two of us can carry on a constant exchange of ideas using Incremental Reading as a catalyst.
Follow up original post and comments here.
BTW: I’m also looking to acquire a notebook, the reason: Supermemo
I wish more IReaders would show up an help me CPR it, else it might go death as the post asked.