As I am deep reading like this, there's a lot of divergent ideas that come up. It's a really important part of my creative process. I get ideas for new projects, realizations about my life and my work. I think sometimes when you can be in a state of 'looking things up' while reading and it happens on various time scales. You can do a quick search on the Internet or you can open a book to quickly read through it or through a specific chapter. Mortimer J. Adler calls this type of reading, "Inspectional Reading". Mortimer wrote a book in the early 1960's titled, 'How to Read a Book'. It's a technical guide on how to use a (difficult) book as a tool for deep contemplation on ideas and ultimately to rise to a higher level of understanding.
As I'm making notes in this Journal about Don Norman's book on design. I'm having a lot of divergent thoughts. Thoughts on human perception. Thoughts on the various tools I use frequently. Questions like, what are all of the objects I own? What do I think of the quality of them and why? I have thoughts on meditation and human consciousness and its role within the process of design. Zen and its role in the process of design. As I continue to contemplate the subjects in this book more deeply, it is obvious that things I do in the future will be informed by these contemplations. I want to be able to link back to and link out of this Journal in some way. Some way to reference back to this entry in the future or to drop it into another Journal.