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Greetings, spatial learners. We’re happy to present yet another document in SpatialNote format. This time it’s a knowledge structure about algorithms. The body of knowledge is quite substantial, so we decided to make the document publicly available while it’s being worked on.

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This is a brief overview of English verb tenses, structured spatially for easier understanding and memorization. It is convenient for learning and quick reference, suits for native and non-native English speakers.


You're welcome to copy this document into your SpatialNote account, make changes to it, or expand the structure further. Let us know that you think in the comments section below!

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There is a long history of debate about the amount of primary emotions people have. E.g. Paul Ekman in a study of 1972 suggests that there are 6 primary emotions: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. And his authority made this amount of basic emotions a standard for some time. However, other scientists offered other amounts of basic emotions. E.g. Robert Plutchik in his concept of the wheel of emotions offers to consider 8 emotions to be the basic ones, adding trust and anticipation to the Ekman’s list, plus substituting happiness with joy.

Plutchik's wheel of emotions

As the scientists advance their methods and the science of emotions becomes less speculative, there is a tendency to shrink the amount of emotions that serve as the basis for the rest. Reviews and statistical processing of hundreds of fMRI and PET neuroimaging studies nowadays name five basic emotions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness and disgust, with this amount gradually becoming the new standard.

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I first came across a book on 36 stratagems in my teenage years. At that time I felt disgust towards the book, as it looked to me more like a collection of dirty tricks and villainy tactics, than a book on the art of war, even less so as a book on business, politics or social communications.


Because of the frame I put the work in back then, I never really paid attention to multiple mentions of the work in relation to business and other activities I’ve been involved in.


As a side note, around 8 years ago I got interested in a martial art called ILiqChuan, and has been practicing and even teaching it since. The art is based on the principles of Tao and Zen, and with years of practice I started to appreciate how simple principles of yin, yang and their balance can be applied at different levels and plains and lead to very interesting results.


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For millions of years ancestors of current people had a lifestyle that primarily demanded to remember things and other creatures in physical locations to find food, avoid dangers and procreate.

Around 100K years ago languages emerged. People started to collect and share knowledge more actively, with it gradually becoming more abstract. Around 10K years ago people began changing their lifestyle from hunters-gatherers into more agricultural one. Slightly later they invented writing systems, which allowed even faster knowledge accumulation.

In 15th century people started printing books, which led to spread of literacy and ultimately to information revolution, finally crowned by invention of the Internet. Lifestyle substantially changed again, leading to information overload.

What is even more important, current way of working with information is notoriously misaligned with the evolutionary determined one. People are great at remembering things and creatures at physical locations, not abstract words without any spatial reference.

People invented many quick fixes to the problem: writing, note-taking, books, as well as computer-assisted ways to accomplish the same: ebooks, electronic documents and note-taking, online search and even brain training.

However, until recently computer technologies were not mature enough to be of much help with the key component of memorization - ability to easily put information in a 3D space. Most of the software allows to work with information either in linear or flat (2D) mode, or requires too much effort and skills for 3D visualization to make working with spatial information practical.

And it is exactly this problem that we target at SpatialNote, creating a way for people to work with information the way nature shaped humans: positioning information in space, and easily adding concrete and specific info to abstract one to substantially aid memorization and recall. And we are making it at a great time, when even mobile phones are capable to provide decent level of performance for organizing info in 3D.

Here are the major components of good memorization:


  1. Make initial memorization powerful by organizing info in space (and making it more memorable if needed)

  2. Repeat

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