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What Is Commonplacing? by Richard Peck Commonplacing is the art of keeping a "commonplace book", or simply a "commonplace". A cross between a notebook and journal, commonplace books were kept by most of history's most renowned luminaries, including the likes of Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci. Most recently, the founders of Intel used "patent notebooks" which hold strong similarities to commonplace books, in order to record their discovery / invention of the integrated circuit and microprocessor - two of the most defining technologies of our time. What Is Commonplacing & Why Is It Important? Not quite note-taking, not quite scrap-booking, commonplacing would likely be better called the "Intelligent Man's Journal". It's a way to track, discover and indulge in new ideas. Although there are absolutely no contemporary sources on how to effectively keep a commonplace, the principles continue from the past, whereby you're encouraged to feed your curiosity by investigating new ideas (going to art museums, trips to other countries, reading new books, visiting the opera etc). The point of commonplacing is to cultivate a mindset of discovery. Reading new books, investigating why certain things happen the way they do, looking at things from a different perspective; the "mindset" of commonplacing is still alive in many people, but unfortunately, the method to maintain it seems to have diminished somewhat. Of course, industrialization, the digital revolution and a more connected world have relegated commonplaces behind the likes of blogs and social media. However, they are making a resurgence with a number of tools & products being designed to help a new wave of intrepid knowledge-seekers indulge. History Of Commonplacing In the 17th and 18th centuries, commonplacing was a VERY widely used tool, and was actually taught in universities such as Oxford. As the industrial revolution occurred, the need for a broad set of knowledge diminished, being replaced with a focus on specific industries (as people were taken into employment in the new towns). Today, this need for specific knowledge has been supplemented with the need to understand & assimilate into other cultures (typically because you'll be selling into them at some point). The need to learn new languages, new proficiencies (coding / AI) and to keep on top of current events is huge. This is where the need for a new- age commonplace is present. Whilst commonplace books have been with us since the early medieval period (when paper became a much more widely available resource), the idea of commonplacing (IE storing your information, ideas and research in a central repository) has existed for millennia. Obviously, the medium has changed but the principles have remained…. To read the full article, please download the PDF HERE ======================================
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What Is Commonplacing? by Richard Peck Commonplacing is the art of keeping a "commonplace book", or simply a "commonplace". A cross between a notebook and journal, commonplace books were kept by most of history's most renowned luminaries, including the likes of Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci. Most recently, the founders of Intel used "patent notebooks" which hold strong similarities to commonplace books, in order to record their discovery / invention of the integrated circuit and microprocessor - two of the most defining technologies of our time. What Is Commonplacing & Why Is It Important? Not quite note-taking, not quite scrap-booking, commonplacing would likely be better called the "Intelligent Man's Journal". It's a way to track, discover and indulge in new ideas. Although there are absolutely no contemporary sources on how to effectively keep a commonplace, the principles continue from the past, whereby you're encouraged to feed your curiosity by investigating new ideas (going to art museums, trips to other countries, reading new books, visiting the opera etc). The point of commonplacing is to cultivate a mindset of discovery. Reading new books, investigating why certain things happen the way they do, looking at things from a different perspective; the "mindset" of commonplacing is still alive in many people, but unfortunately, the method to maintain it seems to have diminished somewhat. Of course, industrialization, the digital revolution and a more connected world have relegated commonplaces behind the likes of blogs and social media. However, they are making a resurgence with a number of tools & products being designed to help a new wave of intrepid knowledge-seekers indulge. History Of Commonplacing In the 17th and 18th centuries, commonplacing was a VERY widely used tool, and was actually taught in universities such as Oxford. As the industrial revolution occurred, the need for a broad set of knowledge diminished, being replaced with a focus on specific industries (as people were taken into employment in the new towns). Today, this need for specific knowledge has been supplemented with the need to understand & assimilate into other cultures (typically because you'll be selling into them at some point). The need to learn new languages, new proficiencies (coding / AI) and to keep on top of current events is huge. This is where the need for a new-age commonplace is present. Whilst commonplace books have been with us since the early medieval period (when paper became a much more widely available resource), the idea of commonplacing (IE storing your information, ideas and research in a central repository) has existed for millennia. Obviously, the medium has changed but the principles have remained…. To read the full article, please download the PDF HERE ======================================
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