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Comment author: moridinamael 09 December 2016 09:08:30PM *  5 points [-]

One advantage of physical capture versus using my brain is that my brain will entertain the same thoughts for years, until I try to write them out and finally see how absurd and incoherent they are. Or if they aren't incoherent, then once I write them down, they actually advance to the next mental "paragraph".

It's similar to how I might have some grand idea for an app that I'm sure will change the world, and within five minutes of opening a blank code editor I realize that my idea is trivial, or AI-hard, or that I don't really care about it as much as I imagined, or dumb in some other way. I never really find that out until I start coding, though.