YouTube knowledge acquisition without data loss

Author:Thomas Fankhauser
Date:9/2/2022

I'll admit it: I'm also one of those people who pass the time by watching YouTube videos about whatever topic comes to mind or is suggested to me by the Google algorithm. TV and other entertainment media have long since lost their place in my free time.
I find it absolutely fascinating how much knowledge I get from YouTube without even having to do much of anything (except make sure I don't select some hokum or my filter bubble gets too restricted). Unfortunately, until recently, it was often the case that I would watch super interesting videos on a topic, but the content would slip away from me relatively soon. After half a year, there's usually not much left of all the interesting details.

But with the Brain Nodes free app (link below), I now have a simple and efficient way to retain much more information without investing much. If the information disappears from my mind, I can quickly access it again and, what's more, the information becomes more and more sharpened. My procedure is simple as can be:

I watch the video and every time an interesting fragment of information is given, I pause the video briefly, switch to the Brain Nodes app and look to see if there is already a node for that fragment of knowledge. If yes, I add the newly acquired information to it and connect it to existing nodes. If not, I create one, or depending on the information content, several new nodes. The type of nodes depends on the type of information. In case of doubt I create nodes of the type "content". The most important thing at this moment is to create connections to existing nodes.
During the node creation itself I don't try too hard to work out the nodes, because I want to concentrate on the video and don't want to get lost in one aspect. In the end, the only important thing is that I have created nodes for the individual knowledge fragments and that they are connected to each other. The whole thing is a bit similar to creating a mind map.

After the video is finished, I have a lot of new nodes that are connected to each other. If I think it's important and I have the time, I follow up on some more of these nodes and elaborate a bit. Often, however, I just leave the new structure that has emerged. If I deal with this topic again later, I don't start from scratch, but build on the existing structure and branch it out further.

If the video itself is worth watching again or contains important additional information, I save the link to the video in the topic node. If it is a super video, I make a hyperlink node right away and connect it to the relevant node(s).

By this procedure more and more nodes exist in the app and with each captured topic the probability increases that for newly received information fragments there are already existing nodes. These in turn I supplement with the newly gained knowledge and the network becomes denser and richer.

The cool thing about this way is that already while creating the nodes and their connections the information settles in the head. It takes only imperceptibly longer to watch a video, but it sticks massively more. In addition, the knowledge network in the app becomes denser and navigating shows you connections that you can rarely have in this level of detail in your head.

The main motto here is: No more knowledge is lost.

In the blog, I referred to YouTube, but the approach also works with any other video platform that can be paused.


Brain Nodes App
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Keywords
Learning, mind map, conclusion, summaries, relationships, learning from videos, memory, distance learning, tube, blog