What are the Library, Antilibrary and Quantum Library?
The Library represents all of the books that you have read. This is your accumulated knowledge. The things that you know. It is essential for those who think, who learn, who live, to continually add to their Library.
From Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Black Swan:
“The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore professore dottore Eco, what a library you have! How many of these books have you read?” and the others — a very small minority — who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market will allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.”
The Antilibrary represents that which you do not know. Books in the Antilibrary should be moved to the Library as quickly as it is possible for the reader to internalize all that they have to offer.
The Quantum Library:
The Quantum Library is composed of books from your Library that offer you new knowledge or insight with each re-reading. They represent applied knowledge tempered by experience. Many would commonly call this sort of knowledge wisdom. Books of wisdom belong in the Quantum Library.