Sönke Ahrens

I am interested in too many different things to qualify for a straightforward career. I consider myself lucky to not have to, and to be able to do what I like doing.

I worked at different universities, lastly as an interim professor at the University for the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich. I had the offer for another contract, but also the opportunity to live in Bangkok and travel through Asia for a while - which is what I wisely chose to do for the last two years. I am now back in my hometown of Hamburg, Germany.

My idea of a perfect day involves a lot of sitting in a chair, reading and thinking. The note-taking system allows me to turn this indulgence into a publication once in a while. My last book turned out pretty well, I believe, and is translated into English.

NewCrafts 2018

How to take smart notes

  • talk
  • Learning
  • Practices

One of the most productive and systematic social scicentist, Niklas Luhmann, worked only with pen and paper, but his note-taking system is still in many regards unmatched. It is not so much an archive, but a system for developing thoughts. In this talk I will give a brief account on the specifics of his Zettelkasten-method, typical misunderstandings, and shed some light on the reasons why it works so well from a psychological perspective.


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