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  • I am starting this thread as a place to provide updates on something I have been working on for my own use, and can make available to others. As I mentioned in this post I have been working with two new free programs that are intended to assist in research and knowledge organization. The key to both of them is that they store their files in text-based files coded only with "markdown" syntax for formatting italics and headings and the like, and that makes them easily usable in many different prog…
  • It occurs to me now that I have posted about this that it would be desirable to add Nate's book on the Principal Doctrines and Don's book on the letter to Menoeceus into the same local list of searchable files (included in the zip that we eventually distribute). It's easy to use the PDF version so that's probably the way to start, but at some point if the programs you guys are using to generate the PDFs have an "export to Markdown" or "export to txt" ability, I might ask you about that too. No n…
  • In fact this already works, as you can see from the red circles where I have added those PDFs to my local directory. So now I can do a single search and include Don's and Nate's material at the same time. The limitation on using the PDF format in the list of files is as you see, it's a little harder to read. The program can't re-wrap and format the PDF text the same way it can a markdown file - but still searchable and copy-pastable. (Oops appears I am jumping the gun and Obsidian is not indexin…
  • (Quote from Scott) This is a great question. The answer is "average folk" probably won't benefit from this. But then again most of us here are not "average folk" in the broadest sense of the word. Most of us here are fairly highly motivated people who really want to dig into the texts for themselves and determine what parts of it they think are true and which may not be, and for that purpose reading commentators is really not enough. Not that we all have to learn Greek and Latin ( although Don i…
  • Markdown is simply a method for typing plain text, with things like *emphasis* or for _underlined_. It is meant to be extremely simple and readable in any program even without processing the tags into polished form. It is free and therefore cannot be captured by any corporation. It is widely used by web designers for its "interoperability" with most any program and format. Due to its simplicity and readability without a computer program people talk about it as a good way to make "permanent" reco…
  • Right. Lots of the discussions around "knowledge bases" can get pretty "touchie-feelie" and then you have these geometric idea maps that these programs can draw that I admit are neat and pretty but I really fail to see the benefit of. However the concept of "outlining" does seem to be important to Epicurus, and these programs are structured to really help with that.
  • Godfrey: Both logseq and obsidian have extensive and very active user communities. But I would say the best and quickest way to get a feel for what this is about is to watch a couple of user youtube videos There are many to choose from here that are basic: https://www.youtube.com/result…_query=obsidian+vs+logseq I have watched several of this guys videos and he is a good presenter youtube.com/watch?v=QgbLb6QCK8…lAVLHty1-NuvPa9V0b0UwbzBd He focuses on Obsidian but there are many good videos on Lo…
  • Godfrey my reading is the answer to your question is yes. These programs like the zettlekasten system Seem to revolve around putting information in discrete notes with tags and an indexing system that lets you combine them in different ways. Both obsidian and logseq are tools which index and make the linking easier. The latest fad (which I think is going to last) is that these programs avoid complicated proprietary formatting like Microsoft Word uses and stick to very simple formation using aste…