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Thought Experiment

The myth of the second brain

Doing research is more than shoving a bunch of things into the same folder, adding a load of tags, or a combination of the two. Anyone working on large projects, or doing complex research (like a journalist or an academic) knows that folders and tags have their limitations.

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The Narrative

Statistics

In the last 48 month, I’ve written over 330k words, and read almost 4.7m words, using the Under Cloud.

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Thought Experiment

What’s the big idea?

In the end, we the people decide what ideas make a difference.

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The Narrative

Belief

Opinion is not a requirement of belief, and that’s what makes it such an amazing, flawed, powerful, and fragile thing.

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The Narrative

An imperfect guide to building the ultimate digital research assistant, the Under Cloud: Part 1

Yes, this is a bold claim, but it helps to aim high and to cultivate some self belief in what we do. So if it’s not the ultimate now, the goal is to — paraphrase the great Captain Jean-Luc Picard — make it so!

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The Narrative

Sometimes, the middle ground is the best place to be.

I get asked to explain the Under Cloud a lot, and it’s something I look forward to, because it’s a chance to hone the explanation, such as: Connecting the things we learn to the things we create. Or: The ultimate research assistant. But then a graphic — or in this case, a Venn diagram — […]

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The Narrative

Hello world!

The point is, the Under Cloud is not a good idea, nor an excellent idea — no, it’s a required idea, given its potential.