David Hartsough

widely regarded as a happy human, conversationalist, drummer, developer, designer, wannabe psychologist, imminent philosopher, and stuntman — more or less.


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You Can Now Embed Flashcard Quizzes in Your LessWrong posts!

Can't wait for this book summary! It's a very rad read for rationalists indeed!

But in all seriousness, I'm excited to see what neat new posts will utilize this, and I'm curious to know how this might impact writers who are trying to think of ways to provide their readers with a great takeaway. ("Something to remember me by" haha) 

For me, I'm already thinking about how to write the flashcards for a post in such a way that each key thought might be somewhat independent on its own yet containing enough context to relate it back to the collection of thoughts that map/model the ideas behind a single post/concept. If I were to encounter one flashcard from the post's deck in a year from now, would I then easily recollect the entire post and its most important thoughts? I like the framework of thinking of each post as having one correlated deck of flashcards, and each key idea within that post correlating to one flashcard. The flashcard deck can represent a graph/network of thoughts that you want to remember "forever", and hopefully if you encounter any "node" (i.e. a flashcard) from that graph (i.e. the deck / the core concept of the post), then you can reinforce the connections between those ideas and strengthen your memory and understanding of the concept. 

(On a tangent, this kinda makes me wonder: "What decks of flashcards would I have if I had taken this approach to learning since my childhood? What if my schools had left me with flashcard decks like this to take with me for the rest of my life? Which bits of information are most essential to hold on to forever?")