Rationalist Movement

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This page was last properly in edited in December 2017, around the time LW2.0 was getting started. It may not accurate reflect the state of affairs in 2020 – either culture or how the community sees itself. – Ruby

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This page was last properly in edited in December 2017, around the time LW2.0 was getting started. It may not accurate reflect the state of affairs in 2020 – either culture or how the community sees itself. – Ruby

Following the wind wind-down of the first era of Less Wrong, in 2014, triggered primarily via the departure of Eliezer Yudkowsky, and other top writers, the formerly closer-knit on and offline groups continue with a lessened central focus.

In 2016-2017, discussion of revival occurred and Vaniver was made benevolent dictator for life. He in turn empowered Oliver Habryka to form a team and launch the LessWrong 2.0 project which runs the current site.

This is a fertile land and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land! And we will call it...this land!

A popular illustration of the communities comprising and related to the movement was created in 2014 on Slate Star Codex34 (above).

A crowdsourced list:list of traits of community:10

It's a sphere!

 

References 

Category:Rationalist-adjacent


  1. Economics, stale memes, and distraction from productive activity
  2. There doesn't appear to be clearly preferred term - August 2017
  3. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/05/mapmaker-mapmaker-make-me-a-map/
  4. Created with Photoshop and Fractal Mapper. Uses a lot of free clipart. Relevant tutorials at the Cartographers Guild forums.
  5. http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/ov2/what_exactly_is_the_rationality_community/
  6. http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/04/04/the-ideology-is-not-the-movement/
  7. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/RationalWiki
  8. https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/divisions-within-the-lw-sphere/
  9. http://greyenlightenment.com/defining-and-understanding-rationalism/
  10. https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/65cnar/definitions_of_the_rationalist_movement/
  11. What exactly is the "Rationality Community?"
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20130424060436/http://habitableworlds.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/visualizing-neoreaction/
  13. http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/post/142497361345/this-isnt-going-to-work-but-for-the-record-and
  14. http://lesswrong.com/lw/fh4/why_is_mencius_moldbug_so_popular_on_less_wrong/
  15. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/10/20/the-anti-reactionary-faq/
  16. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/The_Silicon_Ideology
  17. https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/22/geeks-for-monarchy/
  18. https://social-epistemology.com/2016/09/23/the-violence-of-pure-reason-neoreaction-a-basilisk-adam-riggio/
  19. http://lesswrong.com/lw/79x/polyhacking/
  20. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/04/06/polyamory-is-boring/
  21. http://www.jdpressman.com/public/lwsurvey2016/Survey_554193_LessWrong_Diaspora_2016_Survey(2).pdf
  22. Note on Terminology: "Rationality", not "Rationalism"

Arguable,Arguably, Scott Alexander has emerged as the most influential remaining figurehead and Slate Star Codex commands the highest single point of engagement within the restructured community.

Following the wind down of Less Wrong, triggered primarily via the departure of Eliezer Yudkowsky, the formerly closer-knit on and offline groups continue with a lessened central focus.

Arguable, Scott Alexander has emerged as the most influential remaining figurehead and Slate Star Codex commands the highest single point of engagement within the restructured community.

Skepticism of term

There is a some drive to avoid any 'isms' and instead focus on 'rationality' rather than 'rationalism.23

Category:Rationalist-adjacent


  1. Economics, stale memes, and distraction from productive activity
  2. There doesn't appear to be clearly preferred term - August 2017
  3. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/05/mapmaker-mapmaker-make-me-a-map/
  4. Created with Photoshop and Fractal Mapper. Uses a lot of free clipart. Relevant tutorials at the Cartographers Guild forums.
  5. http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/ov2/what_exactly_is_the_rationality_community/
  6. http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/04/04/the-ideology-is-not-the-movement/
  7. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/RationalWiki
  8. https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/divisions-within-the-lw-sphere/
  9. http://greyenlightenment.com/defining-and-understanding-rationalism/
  10. https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/65cnar/definitions_of_the_rationalist_movement/
  11. What exactly is the "Rationality Community?"
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20130424060436/http://habitableworlds.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/visualizing-neoreaction/
  13. http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/post/142497361345/this-isnt-going-to-work-but-for-the-record-and
  14. http://lesswrong.com/lw/fh4/why_is_mencius_moldbug_so_popular_on_less_wrong/
  15. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/10/20/the-anti-reactionary-faq/
  16. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/The_Silicon_Ideology
  17. https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/22/geeks-for-monarchy/
  18. https://social-epistemology.com/2016/09/23/the-violence-of-pure-reason-neoreaction-a-basilisk-adam-riggio/
  19. http://lesswrong.com/lw/79x/polyhacking/
  20. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/04/06/polyamory-is-boring/
  21. http://www.jdpressman.com/public/lwsurvey2016/Survey_554193_LessWrong_Diaspora_2016_Survey(2).pdf
  22. Note on Terminology: "Rationality", not "Rationalism"

Individualistic vs Organisational

Raemon argues the rationalist movement could be subdivided into individualistic and organisational views.11Project Hufflepuff attempts to strengthen both approaches.

Adjacent ideas include:1112

Category:Rationalist-adjacent


  1. Economics, stale memes, and distraction from productive activity
  2. There doesn't appear to be clearly preferred term - August 2017
  3. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/05/mapmaker-mapmaker-make-me-a-map/
  4. Created with Photoshop and Fractal Mapper. Uses a lot of free clipart. Relevant tutorials at the Cartographers Guild forums.
  5. http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/ov2/what_exactly_is_the_rationality_community/
  6. http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/04/04/the-ideology-is-not-the-movement/
  7. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/RationalWiki
  8. https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/divisions-within-the-lw-sphere/
  9. http://greyenlightenment.com/defining-and-understanding-rationalism/
  10. https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/65cnar/definitions_of_the_rationalist_movement/
  11. What exactly is the "Rationality Community?"
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20130424060436/http://habitableworlds.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/visualizing-neoreaction/
  13. http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/post/142497361345/this-isnt-going-to-work-but-for-the-record-and
  14. http://lesswrong.com/lw/fh4/why_is_mencius_moldbug_so_popular_on_less_wrong/
  15. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/10/20/the-anti-reactionary-faq/
  16. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/The_Silicon_Ideology
  17. https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/22/geeks-for-monarchy/
  18. https://social-epistemology.com/2016/09/23/the-violence-of-pure-reason-neoreaction-a-basilisk-adam-riggio/
  19. http://lesswrong.com/lw/79x/polyhacking/
  20. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/04/06/polyamory-is-boring/
  21. http://www.jdpressman.com/public/lwsurvey2016/Survey_554193_LessWrong_Diaspora_2016_Survey(2).pdf

Individualistic vs Organisational

Raemon argues the rationalist movement could be subdivided into individualistic and organisational views.22Project Hufflepuff attempts to strengthen both approaches.

Category:Rationalist-adjacent


  1. Economics, stale memes, and distraction from productive activity
  2. There doesn't appear to be clearly preferred term - August 2017
  3. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/05/mapmaker-mapmaker-make-me-a-map/
  4. Created with Photoshop and Fractal Mapper. Uses a lot of free clipart. Relevant tutorials at the Cartographers Guild forums.
  5. http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/ov2/what_exactly_is_the_rationality_community/
  6. http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/04/04/the-ideology-is-not-the-movement/
  7. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/RationalWiki
  8. https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/divisions-within-the-lw-sphere/
  9. http://greyenlightenment.com/defining-and-understanding-rationalism/
  10. https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/65cnar/definitions_of_the_rationalist_movement/
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20130424060436/http://habitableworlds.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/visualizing-neoreaction/
  12. http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/post/142497361345/this-isnt-going-to-work-but-for-the-record-and
  13. http://lesswrong.com/lw/fh4/why_is_mencius_moldbug_so_popular_on_less_wrong/
  14. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/10/20/the-anti-reactionary-faq/
  15. https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/The_Silicon_Ideology
  16. https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/22/geeks-for-monarchy/
  17. https://social-epistemology.com/2016/09/23/the-violence-of-pure-reason-neoreaction-a-basilisk-adam-riggio/
  18. http://lesswrong.com/lw/79x/polyhacking/
  19. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/04/06/polyamory-is-boring/
  20. http://www.jdpressman.com/public/lwsurvey2016/Survey_554193_LessWrong_Diaspora_2016_Survey(2).pdf
  21. What exactly is the "Rationality Community?"

The Rationalsphere

Contains key modes of thinking for the individual including:

  • Truthseeking - biases, empiricism etc
  • Impact - making the world a better place ( e.g. effective altruism, AI safety )
  • Human - becoming a better person

On the other hand:

The Rationality Community

Encompasses the major subscribing organisations ( CFAR, Giving What We Can etc ) as well as the many meetup groups , friends and relationships discovered from participation in the community.

The Rationalsphere

Contains key modes of thinking for the individual including:

  • Truthseeking - biases, empiricism etc
  • Impact - making the world a better place ( e.g. effective altruism, AI safety )
  • Human - becoming a better person

On the other hand:

The Rationality Community

Encompasses the major subscribing organisations ( CFAR, Giving What We Can etc ) as well as the many meetup groups , friends and relationships discovered from participation in the community.

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