The student listens to lecturers and reads books. By taking notes from lectures or books (speed-reading), he tries to hold on to the essence of what is taught. However, the content and structure of his knowledge develops and changes dramatically over time. Bits of information that are correct must be kept and (re)structured, while other bits that are wrong, need to be eliminated. Here is an example.
The scenario-writer combines plot-lines in different settings. Each plot-line in one setting is represented by a person or a particular thing. Then the world turns and another setting has changed the relations between people and things, only slightly. This can go on forever.
The lawyer looks into a case and finds all sorts of information that may or may not be relevant to the case. Each bit of information could play a role in an argument. Truth hangs in the balance. When true becomes false, the whole picture must be turned around. Yet it is important to recollect (memorize) all information that may still be of value.
The police officer needs to map complex, fragmented and dynamically changing bits of information. How is person A related to person B, what was he doing with object C that he was carrying, might object D be related that was found near the crime scene, etcetera. All situations at all times can be mapped out. Reusing the notes of the people and objects, automatically integrates the scenes into possible scenario's.
The scientist researches a phenomenon of which the central mechanism isn't well understood. He builds a theory and tests hypotheses. Some ideas may have to be abandoned while others may have to be broadened. How do we manage more personal and general shifts in our understanding without losing all of our previous work?
The information analyst maps out the components of the software he is designing and modeling. To make sure there are no duplicate entries, he needs to 'normalize' the information. Tables are untwined and hooked up in other ways than before. Similarly, sheets as tables and notes as records, notes can be sorted into multiple sheets, linking them at the same time. All information is contained in each single note, from where the information architecture can always be reconstructed.
The philosopher carefully tracks his own thinking. Thoughts are developed slowly but steadily. Only when they 'light up' by validation and evidence, they are worthy of being noted down. How one insight develops from another insight, like a next stepping-stone, can be mapped out in CRPA. The beauty of this practice is, that at any time, the roadmap can be traced back, or joined by other roads, making sure that spiritual energy is invested and re-used most wisely. Here is a personal example.
Everybody develops ideas. Look at things that interest you (object-orientation), from different sides, and slowly but surely recombine all the elements in a more favorable or functional manner (multi-perspectivism). Through CRPA, you can collect all the elements you want to re-use, from different angles and change their (logical) relations. Automatically, all these (re)constructions are brought together and the design is optimized.