It Goes Beyond Reading, Thinking, and Writing...
There Are Many Other Emergent Effects of The Antinet!
The Antinet is like a pre-processing engine for your thoughts. Before you even create an essay, book, podcast, or video, the thoughts you share will have been deeply evolved. The thoughts you share are formed by deep research and dialogue with other minds (the books, articles, and sources you engage with). Because of the knowledge development process you'll learn in this book, you will overcome another challenge: having the confidence to communicate your ideas. You will become excited about sharing your knowledge because you've earned the right to share.
One Antinetter, a retired German academic in his seventies, asserts the Antinet gives him clarity around his thinking. Furthermore, he says, "The Antinet gives me something to do with my time!"
The list of disciplinary fields I've seen Antinetters explore include: Philosophy of Mind, Morality, Data Science, Biology, Greek History, Theology, Modern Societal Issues, Linguistics, Math, Physics, Societal Collapse, Societal Rebuilding, Psychology, Productivity, and Cognitive Science. This is but a small fraction of the fields the Antinet can be used to research. The list is endless.
Niklas Luhmann referred to his Antinet as a communication partner. This was not an accident. He really viewed his Antinet as someone who he could collaborate with. One Antinetter, a Director of Analytics and Logistics for the military, uses his Antinet for the same reason—a communication partner. He's already published one book with a human co-author. He's now using his Antinet to write another book by himself.
As ridiculous as it sounds, one common theme I have experienced, and others have told me they've experienced as well, is that of being labeled a "genius" by others. When you can instantly recite a wide array of material off the top of your head, people will start to wonder if your brain is built differently than others. They'll start labeling you "a genius." Don't let it get to your head.
Up until now, the main problem with analog tools centered around the inability to retrieve individual thoughts. Furthermore, if one could find individual thoughts, there's an issue with space. One could not elaborate on individual thoughts if they run out of space in their commonplace book, Bullet Journal or Moleskine notebook. Inevitably, you may switch over to digital, which has its own massive list of problems. You'll end up switching from Apple Notes to Evernote, Notion, Obsidian, Roam Research, etc. Then, after some time, you miss the power of thinking by hand, and you may switch back again to analog. It's an endless cycle. The Antinet, however, is the last knowledge system you'll ever need.
It may seem out there, but I have heard a familiar theme from several Antinetters. They describe the experience of engaging with a higher power while using the Antinet. One Antinetter, who practices Zen Meditation, observes how the experience of quietly reading and developing thoughts is similar to his meditation practice. Another Antinetter, a minister who is also getting his PhD in Christian Theology, describes the experience of engaging with one's internal voice as developing a closer connection with God.
Do you ever fear that you won't remember the gems of wisdom you uncover while reading? Here's the reality: Most people who spend their time reading ought to go fishing instead. The reason why is because they do not have a system for retaining that knowledge forever. Heck, even if they use a digital system, the material inevitably falls into a black hole. It's impossible to forget about a block of notecards staring at you in the face. The Antinet is the way. I have spoken.
If you don't take notes in a specific manner, you'll end up wasting time when reading. You'll never commit to memory the things that matter. Or even worse, you'll take the wrong types of notes that will end up wasting your time. You'll ingest books way too slowly, and spend time that could otherwise be put to valuable use. The workflow I teach with the Antinet will show you how to ingest books efficiently.
The Antinet serves as the red pill for the matrix you're hooked up to. Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World introduces a drug called Soma that numbs one's thoughts. Sure, there are anti-anxiety medications today, but the real Soma of our modern time is information. Digital tools enable the real Soma of today. We're constantly injected with news, notifications, alerts, and distractions. One study observed that when one works digitally, they're presented with a distraction every six minutes causing them to switch tasks. The Antinet retrains your mind. It forces you to unplug and develop knowledge the old way. The analog way.
For most people, the biggest challenge you face every day is simply getting started! In today's world, many are forced to think using digital tools. There's only one problem: the best environment for thinking happens away from the computer! It's no wonder you struggle with procrastination when YouTube is just a click away. With the Antinet, you'll be developing habits that make procrastination a thing of the past. Discipline is a muscle. In the beginning, your muscle will be weak, but very quickly, the Antinet develops your mind such that procrastination becomes something the old you did.
When you're conditioned to use digital tools, you're exposed to an information firehose. As such, it becomes difficult to select what information sources are really important. It becomes difficult to select the primary material that you should read. The Antinet enables you to slow down, regain perspective on what truly matters, and gain clarity. You will no longer experience the feeling of taking two steps forward, and one step back. You'll never second-guess whether you're on the right path.
One Antinetter, a life coach from the Netherlands says it best, "I love writing. I lost that love for some reason. The Antinet helped me regain that love." How does the Antinet help with this? It creates an environment where you can unplug and think deeply. It's been described as "an almost spiritual experience."
The number one thing holding a lot of people back is fear. Everyone suffers from it. We fear that our ideas will be ridiculed. A large part of this fear stems from the maturity of our thoughts. When you use the Antinet your thoughts will undergo significant development. This is not an easy process. It takes work. This is a good thing because you'll feel like you have earned the right to share your ideas with the world. Why? Because it's gone through more stages of development before it even makes its way to the first draft. As a result, when you use the Antinet, impostor syndrome magically seems to dwindle away.
Deadlines are a part of life. You may feel like you don't have enough time to complete a project. For instance, a PhD thesis. The problem of time management is perpetuated by the modern super-sonic digital information age. The Antinet resets the monkey mind and enables you to gain a better relationship with time. It forces you to unplug and focus on what really matters. You'll find yourself completing major projects, and you'll find your focus improves after using the Antinet.
Here's the truth: confusion equals suffering. In this book, there is a chapter on selection, which teaches you how to select what to even work on in the first place. It shows you how to select books, how to select projects, and how to extract material within what you select. Once you learn this process, you'll be able to enjoyably pursue your intellectual interests (without second-guessing yourself).
Let's face it: the most insidious thing out there is inertia. The most talented thinkers I know have fallen into inert phases at some point. The Antinet works in a unique way that enables you to regain momentum and never be thwarted again. This alone has been life-changing for many people.
This is the dichotomy of exploration vs. exploitation. A significant section of the book is dedicated to teaching you how to do research. "Not all who wander are lost" is great advice. However, it can only get you so far. Some go so deep into the forest of whatever field fascinates them that they end up getting stuck. They never return to the real world to teach and share with others what they've learned. You'll learn how to craft a strategy for confidently letting your research guide you, without the risk of becoming lost in the woods forever. You'll learn how to craft a plan that enables you to enjoy the benefits of emergent research, while also gearing you towards honing in on a research area that is focused.
Notes are the means, not the end. Many people who learn PKM systems spend their days taking notes instead of doing what really matters: creating output! With the Antinet, you'll develop knowledge strategically in a way that helps you create output. And the best part is this: the process will be enjoyable!
If you're already familiar with the Antinet, yet you're confused about things like the numbering of cards, this book will answer all of your questions in explicit detail. Anything you've struggled to understand will be answered with pictures and diagrams. You'll learn how the Index works. You'll learn how to install new cards. You'll get detailed diagrams of card numbering schemes. You'll learn how many notes you should take while reading. You'll learn all of the advanced practices of working with an Antinet.