Notes on "How to Read"
January 07, 2019
These are some unstructured notes from a free video published by Farnam Street on how to read. These notes are just a loose collection, so don't take them as definitive or even complete, but they seemed useful.
Read from multiple perspectives
- Read many perspectives from multiple authors
- "Read syntopically"
Effort and concentration
- Skim and superficial reading to filter and prepare for reading
- Determine who is worth listening to, what their positions are
- Cluster reading close to each other temporally
"If you understand the general principle, you don't need to see every one of its examples." ~ Thoreau
-- Five steps to read well --
Find relevant passages to read
- Do an intelligent/thorough skim of the material
- Create bibliography to figure out how to get the most out of the material
- Read it all comparitively
- Translate vocabulary
- Clear questions on what you want answered
Define the issue
- What are the different takes from things?
- Analyze the discussions
"It's an illusion that we actually understand the past after learning about it."