It's clear to me that we on lesswrong operate on a pile of different interest areas. In my head I am doing a sorting method that divides topics. There's not just topics I (personally) like and topics I don't like but also many sub-topics within those. Here's a list of the domain areas as I see them:
- Artificial intelligence
- Programming (not just AI)
- Machine learning
- Decision theory
- Effective Altruism (mostly on the EA forum)
- Scientific method and crisis
- Decision problems
- Human Psychology
- Therapy and related personal work
- Biases and related thinking
- Group thinking and how to work with people
- Personal development (other than therapy)
- How humans think (consciousness - overlapping with Post-rationality area)
- Guides for doing things, like problem solving
- Thinking exercises to try
- reports/retrospective reflection on some event that has happened
- map/territory blurring
- Human health and medical
- Cryonics (uncommon)
- The state of culture in other places virtually or physically
- Book reviews
- Meta: how lesswrong works or could work.
- Original sequences and relevant theory or ongoing development (as opposed to new sequences)
- Uncommon areas
- Politics (discouraged)
- Big/small (new) ideas and theories
We’re not doing one thing. We’re not even doing three things, we are interested in a whole lot more topics. I could reformat the list to include more questions, along the lines of, “what are we trying to answer when we ask a history question?” but that’s not it. My point here is that we are investigating a diverse bunch of topics, and there’s a structure to our pattern. Even if it might look like a mess.
For me, I know AI is not my domain. EA, decision theory are not my domain. My domain is Humans and how they work, how they think, and (personally) how I relate to the world around me.
Personally, in regard to archipelago of forums or dividing up topics, I know I don’t comment on AI information, but I do comment on human, PR and a few other specific topics.
This post is to follow this comment because I wanted to expand on my understanding of where lesswrong has moved since the original sequence materials.
Maybe you have a better classification of the many diverse topics we cover, but as a start, here’s what’s floating in my head. Prove me wrong by writing your own list of what is covered by lesswrong and what domains you engage in.
What did I miss?