Is Niklas Luhman remembered more for his contributions to his fields of study, or for his note-taking system? Are Niklas Luhman's written works more valuable, more enduring than his "zettelkasten"?
Did his note-taking method give him more insight, more knowledge? Or did it just make him more productive?
In our culture, do we value knowledge and insight, or productivity?
Do more people recall Luhman or Eric Hoffer? (Few people probably recall either. I knew of Hoffer long before I learned of Luhman.)
I don't know. I'm not even sure it's worth thinking about very much.
But we do so adore our tools.
Originally posted at Nice Marmot 11:51 Wednesday, 6 December 2023