• How To Take Smart Notes –– Sonke Ahrens
    • [[Abstraction]]
      • The be able to play with ideas, we first have to librate them from their original context by means of abstraction and re-specification.
      • Only by abstraction and re-specification can we apply ideas in the singular and always different situations in reality.
      • Studies on creativity with engineers show that the ability to find not only creative but functional and working solutions for technical problems is equal to the ability to make abstractions. The better an engineer is at abstracting from a specific problem, the better and more pragmatic his solutions will be - even for the very problem he abstracted from.
      • Abstraction is also the key to analyze and compare concepts, to make analogies and to combine ideas; this is especially true when it comes to [[interdisciplinary]] work.