As I’ve started reading Lise Eliot’s What’s Going On in There, I’ve realised that my brain, at least, works the same now as it did in university. I cannot read a work of non-fiction and expect to remember its contents, unless I actively work with the text. Exercises, quizzes, taking notes, underlining and summarising… Otherwise I read, take in the text, think “Aah, this is interesting!”, and yet I remember very little of it later.
After reading 2 chapters of this book I looked back and realised I couldn’t tell you a single thing I’d learned from it. So I’m going back to the beginning and starting over, this time taking notes. And since typing is faster than writing by hand, I’m going to post my notes here.