I posit that a network of such loose connections creates a structure — context, if you will — that improves your likelihood of retaining important information. Important information that you stumble upon, yet cannot recognize. After all, it’s difficult to expect what you need to know when it comes to overwhelming problems. In other words, Thin Threads are one way to fix the problem of not knowing where to start learning.
I never called it Thin Threads, but such has been my approach to leaning over many decades.
When I needed to learn more about programming, I bought every book I could. There wasn’t the overwhelming choice that is available now, but I bought dozens. I bought books on C, Basic, Perl, whatever. Those in turn triggered the need to know more about operating systems, so I bought those also. This was just before the internet, so I perused bulletin boards, but once I had internet, I switched to Usenet.
All that information was invaluable. Those thin threads let me solve problems that sometimes confounded narrowly focused experts.
I'm retired now, and learning Spanish for fun. I subscribe and use Duolingo, Memrise, Spanishdict vocabulary, Coffee Break Spanish, Synergy Spanish, and Spanish For Your Job. I also have a pile of books, a selection of podcasts, and watch movies. More Thin Threads.