Mogic is a thinker.

With a combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots
We are moving forward with a new era of company management.
I hope to share some of that process with you in this section.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

May 09, 2022

Reading books, a bit of a transition

Since entering the workforce, there has been a slight transition in the way I read books.

At first I don't know anything, so I pick up an introductory book.

Once I got used to it, I wanted to understand one area comprehensively, which led me to archival-type reading.

Archival reading means reading books in one field this way and that, but with a twist.

There are more than 100 books on the shelves of bookstores in any one field, and it is not advisable to read them all.

So I think, how can we learn in the shortest distance, just 80% of the total amount of knowledge?

As some of you have noticed, we use something called Pareto's Law.

The idea is that 20% of the total matter can represent 80% of the results.

You start reading thinking that you can get 80% of your knowledge in 20 out of 100 books, and then you start abbreviating more and more in a nested fashion, thinking that you can get 80% of what you want to say in 20% of a book, or that if you learn 20% of the technical terms, you can explain 80% of the whole.

Even then, there are limits, so I had to compress it reasonably well to get the whole picture before I could talk to anyone.

Eventually, this method will not be able to wipe out the antiquity of the archive itself.

The next idea was streaming reading.

Unlike the archives, I only look at books that have been reviewed this week, books that acquaintances and friends said were good last week, and magazines that caught my attention today.

The idea was to try to capture a sense of the season, the now, in an atmosphere that was more than just words.

However, over the past few years, we have increasingly felt the limitations of this as well.

I have been thinking about the cause, and I suspect that the production process of the book medium is a contributing factor.

It takes six months for the author to come up with the idea and discuss it with the editor at the publishing house, six months to several years to start writing it, and another six months to get it printed and into circulation, which is 1.5 years at the shortest and several years at the longest.

In the past, until a book was distributed, the information contained in it did not often get out ahead of time.

However, as the Internet has developed, some of the relevant information is easily circulated.

A group of highly finished texts received 1.5 years after the author came up with the idea, and fragmented, coarse messages sent out here and there around the time the author came up with the idea.

It feels like the two are competing and we need to develop new ways of doing things again.