Hi, I’m Maarten.

Hi, I’m Maarten.

I create and share insight. I do this (a) by writing essays and essays about (meta)learning, cognitive psychology and making our digitized information landscape truth-friendly. And (b) by coaching people in personal knowledge management. In fact, I’m releasing a Roam course on INTELLECTUAL MASTERY WITH ROAM RESEARCH: Learn more, connect deeper, and write better with the most advanced techniques for knowledge work. Please join if want to learn how to turn your thoughts and discoveries into convincing written pieces and build up a treasure of smart and interconnected notes along the way. More information here.

An overarching theme in my research on cognitive psychology and (meta)learning is that people are more rationally than commonly assumed. I write about how people deal with information and how biased our reasoning actually is. Indeed, contrary to a popular narrative, I think most demonstrations of our biases don’t support the inference that we’re irrational reasoners. One of my goals is to rectify this skewed interpretation of psychological research, because how we see ourselves influences how we organize society.

I also study how we can best offer them information in educational environments. I suspect that learning is a misunderstood concept, current designs for information transfer such as books are ineffective and we should teach students way better knowledge management skills. I’m very interested in the question of how tools like Roam Research, Notion, Evernote and Obsidian can be used to build collective intelligence and extended to collaborative reasoning, allowing organizations to build shared mental maps and make faster and better-informed decisions.

Every week, I publish a new essay on my blog. Join 15.000 fellow enthusiasts and subscribe below!

Next to that, as mentioned, I also coach people in information management and writing (would love to have you!), and teach an online course on personal knowledge management that I’m very proud of: Academic Mastery with Roam. Sign up to master the process from “I have read a bunch of papers” to “I now have synthesized the literature and have a set of promising angles of attack on my research problem”. More information here.