EMAIL NUMBER 19
Update on Antinet Book, Table of Contents, and Other Stuff
Scott P. Scheper
Downtown San Diego, CA
It is I, Scott Scheper here, the crazy one who is spending his life writing a 182,550 word (and counting) book on something called the Antinet Zettelkasten.
Yes, it is I, the insane person writing about a knowledge system that asks you to build out your life's work using just your brain, a pen, and some notecards.
Anyway, I'm writing you today because it's been a little over a week since my last email.
Last week was a heck of a week.
I recorded several videos (four to be exact).
I also conducted an interview with Niklas Luhmann's youngest son (I kid you not).
Clemens Luhmann is Niklas Luhmann's youngest child. He's an abstract painter and artist living in Guatemala. He's very nice and was pleased to share with me some fascinating details of Niklas Luhmann's life, as well as information about his Zettelkasten.
Clemens told me a story of how he went to the U.S. when he was about 16 years old. There Clemens studied computer science (this was around 1982 or 1983). When he got back to Germany, Clemens was excited by the idea of converting his father's Zettelkasten to digital form. He went to his father with the idea, and Niklas was open to it, but he said there were several issues. First off, Luhmann held that his Zettelkasten worked great as is (why change it). And second off, Niklas didn't want to do the work of converting his Zettelkasten into digital form himself. Luhmann was like, "Who could even read my handwriting, and who would be willing to do all the work to convert it?"
Luhmann continued using his analog Zettelkasten (his Antinet) for the next fifteen or so years. He never opted for the digital version. Why break something that already works?
I contend that Luhmann avoided a colossal waste of time! There's magic in the analog form that Luhmann hadn't even realized yet.
Computers were around during Luhmann's later years. They were even an option (although not as good of an option as they are today).
Anyway, I'll try and put together a dedicated piece sharing gems from the interview at some point.
If not, rest assured, that the gems from this interview will be interspersed throughout my book.
Speaking of the book, here's an update:
It's coming along great.
In fact, I'm almost done with the first draft!
You may wonder why a book like this would involve so many words and pages. The answer to that is this: quite frankly, I'm not sure. This thing has grown into a beast (in a good way, I think). I've gone deep on the process of creating knowledge.
To give you a glimpse of what it contains, here's the table of contents:
Title: Antinet Zettelkasten: The Secret Knowledge System Evolved By History's Great Minds
- Front Matter:
- Part I: The Story Behind The Story
- Chapter 1: The Journey That Led Me to Publish a Book on The Antinet
- Chapter 2: The Who and Why of The Antinet
- Chapter 3: The Current Zettelkasten Landscape
- Chapter 4: Niklas Luhmann, The Man
- Part II: The Antinet
- Chapter 5: What Is an Antinet?
- Chapter 6: Analog
- Chapter 7: Numeric-alpha Addresses
- Chapter 8: Tree Structure
- Chapter 9: Index
- Chapter 10: Network
- Chapter 11: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Antinet
- Part III: Knowledge Development
- Chapter 12: Knowledge Development
- Chapter 13: Selection
- Chapter 14: Extraction
- Chapter 15: Creation
- Chapter 16: Installation
- Part IV: Myths and Denial
- Chapter 17: The Myths of The Zettelkasten
- Chapter 18: The Great Folgezettel Denial
- Part V: The Nature of The Antinet
- Chapter 19: Mindset
- Chapter 20: Communication with Your Second Mind
- Chapter 21: Human Memory of The Antinet
- Chapter 22: Randomness, Surprises and Accidents
- Chapter 23: Evolution, Perception, Perspective and Ruminants
- End Matter
- Appendix A: Luhmannian Tree Structure (ZK I)
- Appendix B: Luhmannian Tree Structure (ZK II)
The only chapter I have left is Chapter 18: The Great Folgezettel Denial.
I'll soon be entering editing mode. I have a feeling it will be painful, but whatever. I'll get through it (I guess). We're almost there.
Anyway, that's an update on what's happening behind the scenes.
Before I go, I want to update you on some of the videos I created last week.
First off, Lane and I shot a video last week on developing the confidence to publish your work. You can view that video here: https://youtu.be/Jlm80yfRklQ
Second off, I bought a nifty overhead camera that allows me to share with you the Antinet process without my ghetto shaky iPhone technique. Here's a video of it here (I'll be adjusting the camera zoom next time): https://youtu.be/7x4JP16ruf8
Third off, I shot an awesome 1-on-1 Antinet coaching session with an Antinetter I refer to as Peter 'The Antinet Prince' Lo: https://youtu.be/OfGywtC-mxI
Last but not least, I also did a video with Sascha Fast, who runs Zettelkasten.de. We discussed digital vs. analog Zettelkasten. I hope that it will air here soon!
Anyway, that's all I've been up to. Basically, I've been a lazy turd.
Hope all is well on your end.
This has been a fantastic journey thus far.
I'm surprisingly not burnt out, even though I've written almost 200,000 words in the past few months.
Writing with the Antinet Zettelkasten makes writing less painful, that's for sure.
I can see why Luhmann was referred to as a publication machine. You'll be shocked by how much incredible content you produce when you truly build out a Zettelkasten the right way (the Antinet way).
Time will tell if the content I produce is incredible, but till then, I'll continue to believe my own hype about the system 😋
To stay crispy, my friend.
Scott P. Scheper
"A Man Who Is About to Publish an 800-plus Page Book About Notecards (And Damn Proud of It)"