Rationality community

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The rationality community or rationalist community is a community that was once centered around the group blog LessWrong; the community still exists but is much more spread out across multiple websites (known as the “rationalist diaspora”). This page describes my involvement with the rationality community.

Personal involvement

I discovered LessWrong in 2010 or 2011; the first record I have of mentioning LessWrong dates to October 2011. I remember discovering it twice: the first was when Vaniver on the xkcd forums linked to the site, and the second was when I was searching for textbooks and found Luke Muehlhauser’s post on the subject (however I write this in October 2017, six years after the initial record, and did not record details of my discovery, so I could be making details up).

After discovering LessWrong, I read a bunch of posts in a haphazard order. I mostly did not keep records of which posts I read, so it is hard to say what exactly I read. I think I read a lot of the highly upvoted posts as well as most of the Sequences (but skipping the quantum mechanics sequence). During this period I discovered that there was a Seattle LessWrong meetup group, and considered attending, but ended up never attending due to some combination of being shy and traveling to Seattle being cumbersome (as I was located on the Eastside).

I created my account on LessWrong in July 2012.

On January 1, 2014, I emailed Cognito Mentoring after seeing its post on LessWrong.

Since late 2014, I’ve become more involved with the effective altruism community rather than spending time on LessWrong specifically.

I have neither attended a Center for Applied Rationality workshop nor read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

Here are some related timelines that I have written: