Friday, February 9, 2018

Zettelkasten Nonsense

Just read this, but won't give you the link because that would defeat the purpose. You can search for it, if you really want to see it. In any case, I found a blatant piece of distortion that MUST be based on complete ignorance about Luhmann's Zettelkasten:
Luhmann war ein sammelnder Denker und denkender Sammler. Er begann in den 1950er Jahren einen Zettelkasten aufzubauen, der zu einem rasant anwachsenden, dynamischen Katalog mit einem Register wurde. Mithilfe manövrierbarer Zettel setzte er unterschiedliche Begriffe, Theorien und historische Dokumente in Beziehung, verschob sie und arrangierte sie wieder neu. Am Ende umfasste der Kasten insgesamt 90.000 Zettel.
Luhmann's Kasten was not about moving and arranging topics. It was about giving them a fixed positions. Nor did Luhmann understand himself as a "mere" collector. Rather than being an unsystematic "collecting thinker and a thinking collector", he was a systems thinker—to say nothing about the "lightning fast" increase of the number of Zettel and the "historic documents" found among them. These fundamental mistake may make no difference to the advertisers of office equipment, but even a little research might have made a difference to accuracy.

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