Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They were journals but mostly scrapbooks of ideas, things observed, and things to remember. By the 1600s, commonplacing had become a recognized practice that was formally taught to college students in such institutions as Oxford. Beautiful blank books are still available for this purpose but the internet is so much more interesting as the content is shared.
. It was apparently a rebroadcast from May 2007. Some of my enthusiasm is the confirmation of my own ideas. Ms. Hecht had a wealth of information I had not yet discovered. I look forward to find her book. Growing up in a religious family I thought I had invented doubt and that it was certainly nothing to be proud of. I read Mere Christianity by by C. S. Lewis multiple times hoping it would sink in. I stumbled on a copy of The Christian Agnostic by Leslie D. Weatherhead and felt better. Then I got to go to college. I left Arkansas for the great cosmopolitan city of St. Louis, Missouri and I met people from all over the country. There was no single truth. There was much to learn on all sides. I hope that I have become a life long seeker and raised a few of my own.