Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge, and is considered a major subfield along with others such as ethics, logic, and metaphysics.

Knowledge on its own is not useful

The value in ideas and knowledge come from understanding how they fit together.

Ideas start out as fragile and fleeting. They need to be nurtured and connected to other ideas to truly thrive.

Transclude of 2022-09-20_Zettelkasten-Method--How-to-Take-Smart-Notes-(A-Beginner's-Guide)#^e90f9424

The value and insights of ideas come from their connection: the relationship between them. Bridging seemingly disparate ideas and seeing a connection that wasn’t previously seen is where insights and creativity come from.

It’s the difference between knowing something and understanding something.

The idea compass is a useful thought framework for connecting ideas.

This is very similar to human relationships where the value comes from the connection. Applied to your most important relationship (the relationship to yourself), it’s the difference between knowing that something “bothers” you and how and being able to move past it.

Neurons (artificial and natural) also produce value not from themselves, but in the way they are connected to other neurons.

Computers become far more useful when they are networked together.

The fundamental idea of art is taking existing things and combining them in new and creative ways where the sum is greater than its parts.