Cortex Futura: Algorithms of Thought, Political Science and Context-Dependent Insight


Dec 4 2020 • 1 hr 28 mins

In this episode, we talk with Lukas Kawerau, aka. Cortex Futura on Twitter! A known Roaman in the personal knowledge management space, Cortex is an educator through the Roam courses Galaxy Brain and Cite to Write, to help you build deeper knowledge and think better.

In the middle of getting a Ph.D. in Political Science, he has done work on governance, cyber security, and data analysis throughout his career. With that comes the itch to make things, connect, to write notes down, and create his own personal workflows until stumbling into Roam. In this episode we talk about:

  • The name Cortex Futura: Where does it come from?
  • Lukas' origin story and how Roam blew his mind
  • The Cortex Ph.D. workflow: Using Google Scholar, Zotero, Synchronous Reading, and more
  • The principles of context-dependent insight, and how it differs from progressive summarization
  • Algorithms of Thought, how tools of thought will expand and make an impact on existing institutions
  • What Naval said on the Tim Ferriss podcast that made Lukas upset, and why



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