Diaspora Map

The LessWrong Diaspora is a set of loosely affiliated, often independent blogs and social networks which sprung up from the ruins of the community blog LessWrong. Diaspora ranges from the rigorously serious venues focused on existential risk or philosophy, to what are essentially cyber orgies of particularly high Openness people who have shared culture.

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 AuthorPurpose/FocusExample Post
UntitledJohn David Pressman Politics Effective Action Computer History TutorialsThe Favored Mindset
OtiumSarah Constantin Medicine Skepticism PhilosophySepsis Cure Needs An RCT
Cold TakesHolden Karnofsky AI Philosophy Human Values FuturologyThe Most Important Century (in a nutshell)
Minding Our WayNate Soares Effective Action Psychology Reducing Malignant InhibitionsConfidence all the way up
Thing of ThingsOzy Frantz Sexuality Gender Culture Wars PsychologyCis By Default
Slate Star CodexScott Alexander Psychology Medicine Philosophy History Sociology Culture Wars Problems In Society Politics Whale PunsBook Review: House of God
Overcoming BiasRobin Hanson Psychology History Futurology Contrarianism Evolutionary Psychology EpistemicsSchool Isn’t For Learning
Agenty DuckBrienne Yudkowsky Psychology Esoteric Secrets Effective Action Introspection ValuesWhen Your Left Arm Becomes A Chicken
KnowingLessAella Sexuality Porn Drugs Psychology Surveys Culture WarsHow Taboo Are These Sexual Fetishes?
Clear Language, Clear MindEmil O. W. Kirkegaard Psychology 'Rationality' Science of Intelligence Eugenics GeneticsAgainst CFAR
Cognitive PieSaid Achmiz History Soviet History Human Computer Interaction Software Design GamingSoviet kids’ atlas
Melting AsphaltKevin Simler Sociology Philosophy Empiricism 'Rationality'Personhood: A Game for Two or More Players
MIRI BlogMachine Intelligence Research Institute AI Philosophy Human ValuesSeptember 2017 Newsletter
Gwern.netGwern Branwen Sociology Drugs Cryptocurrencies Darknet Statistics Genetics Philosophy PoliticsThe Melancholy of Subculture Society
Don't Worry About The VaseTheZvi 'Rationalist' Community 'Rationality' Perverse Incentives Lifestyle PhilosophyBest of Don’t Worry About the Vase
Compass RoseBenjamin Hoffman 'Rationality' PhilosophyThe order of the soul
Entirely UselessAnonymous Catholicism History Mathematics Politics TheologyZombies and Ignorance of the Formal Cause
Minds Aren't MagicPaul Crowley Global Poverty 'Rationality' MathematicsThe long scale of utility
Chris StucchioChris Stucchio Mathematics Statistics Computing EconomicsA High Frequency Trader's Apology, Pt 1
Permit Doubting ValuesPDV Lifestyle Productivity Free Speech Culture WarsHow I Use Beeminder
DSPEYERDaniel Speyer Philosophy Statistics Science PoliticsRecently reread Scott's review of Seeing Like A State and …
Everything StudiesJohn Nerst Philosophy Psychology CultureScience, the Constructionists, and Reality
UntitledGrognor Personal 'Rationality'Detachment Examined
Particular VirtueEvictorial Psychology Software Engineering SociologySave Your Work
Seattle RRG Reading NotesSeattle Rationality Reading Group LessWrong LessWrong Diaspora and related subjectsOctober 02 2017 RRG Notes
Eukaryote Writes BlogGeorgia Effective Altruism Existential RiskBiotic replacement and evolutionary innovation as a global catastrophic risk
Put A Number On It!Jacob Falkovich 'Rationality' MathematicsShopping for Happiness
Bayesian Investor BlogPeter McCluskey 'Rationality' Markets InvestingFinancial Procrastination
Solar PanelProof Of Logic 'Rationality' Psychology IntrospectionJudgement as Fake Explanation
BearLampElo Psychology Problem SolvingList of common human goals
SquirrelInHellSquirrelInHell 'Rationality' AI Philosophy PsychologyThe AI Alignment Problem Has Already Been Solved(?) Once
drossbucketdrossbucket Mathematics 'Rationality'Metarationality: a messy introduction
Malcolm OceanMalcolm Mental models ProductivityHoning mode vs Jamming mode (in conversation)
An Algorithmic LucidityZack M. Davis Philosophy ProgrammingCounterfactual Social Thought
HivewiredFiona Nightingale Science 'Rationality' Politics TranshumanismAn Introduction to Origin
BriefLiteraryAbandonDisplayName Books LawIn which I borrow Popehat.com’s sock puppet, and attempt to explain 12(b)6 motions and crappy journalism.
YHWH Memorial School for Error Correction in Signal ProcessingMoshe Bible studiesFlood-resistant lineages: Genesis 6-9
Stories by Freddie deBoer on MediumFredrik deBoer Politicsthe three hot trends in Silicon Valley horseshit
Fredrik deBoer's BlogFredrik deBoer Education PoliticsLesson Plan: Teaching Prose Style to Freshmen
Sailor Vulcan's StarshipSailor Vulcan 'Rationality' Philosophy LiteratureA Definitive Rebuttal Against Solipsism and Ontological Nihilism, and a Potential Solution to the Paradox of the First Cause
NintilArtir Politics Insight Porn Philosophy EconomicsIndian feminism and the role of the environment: Why the Google memo is still right
Name and NaturePaul Wright Religion Philosophy ScienceQ: When is a person like a rock? A: When there’s no God
Anonymous MugwumpAnonymous Mugwump Media GeopoliticsMein weltanschauung
nothing is mereRob Bensinger 'Rationality' Philosophy ScienceDitch the word “hypocrite”
Qualia ComputingAlgekalipso AI Consciousness EthicsThe Most Important Philosophical Question
The Open Philanthropy BlogDavid Roodman Philanthropy CriminologyMaybe the Murder Rate Levelled Off This Year?
ribbonfarmMultiple Authors Insight PornThe World As If
Andrew CritchAndrew Critch AI Effective Altruism 'Rationality'Deserving Trust / Grokking Newcomb’s Problem
Wait But WhyTim Urban Insight Porn TechnologyThe Elon Musk Post Series
Ferocious TruthJ Thomas Moros Philosophy Mathematics AI 'Rationality'Ferocious Truth
Map and TerritoryG Gordon Worley III Ethics PsychologyNothing is Forbidden, but Some Things are Good
Giving GladlyJulia Wise Lifestyle Effective AltruismPractical steps for self-care
pseudoerasmuspseudoerasmus History EconomicsMcCloskey: Cotton wasn’t crucial to the Industrial Revolution
Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social ScienceAndrew Gelman Statistics ScienceShould we worry about rigged priors? A long discussion.
GiveDirectly BlogMultiple Authors Effective AltruismLong term impacts of cash transfers here at home
The Rationalist ConspiracyAlyssa Vance Science Politics Philosophy PersonalFour Layers of Intellectual Conversation
Small TruthsDaniel Klein Insight Porn PoliticsDon't be a Reactionary
Aceso Under GlassAnonymous Science Effective Altruism GamingSeeing Like A State, Flashlights, and Giving This Year
Venam's BlogPatrick Louis Technology Insight PornParts Of Life That Shouldn't Be Brought Back
Brute ReasonMiri Philosophy Community 'Rationality'Emotional Labor: What It Is and How To Do It
The Giving What We Can BlogMultiple Authors Effective AltruismThe Economic Benefits of Malaria Eradication
Kaj SotalaKaj Sotala Personal Insight Porn 'Rationality'How I found & fixed the root problem behind my depression and anxiety after 20+ years
The sideways viewPaul Christiano AI Effective Altruism 'Rationality'If we can’t lie to others, we will lie to ourselves
@meditationstuffmeditationstuff Meditation Personal Health 'Rationality'TL;DR Nutrition Recommendations v1.0 (Nutrition for people who don’t want to think about it AT ALL.)
AI AlignmentPaul Christiano AISecurity and AI alignment
The GiveWell BlogMultiple Authors Effective AltruismWhy we’re allocating discretionary funds to the Deworm the World Initiative
UnenumeratedNick Szabo Politics Economics AnthopologyConflict and collectibles among the Yurok
Luke MuehlhauserLuke Muehlhauser AI Effective Altruism Personal ScienceThree wild speculations from amateur quantitative macrohistory
sam[ ]zdatLou Keep Personal Insight Porn 'Rationality'Selection Bias in the Quarry
Foundational Research InstituteMultiple Authors AI X-Risk EthicsTraining neural networks to detect suffering
80,000 HoursMultiple Authors Effective Altruism Careers Technology5 reasons not to go into education
Rationally SpeakingJulia Galef 'Rationality' Science PsychologyRS 190 - Amanda Askell on "Pascal's Wager and other low risks with high stakes"
Lettuce be CerealJoāo Eira 'Rationality'(Ir)rationality is in the Eye of the Beholder
NoahpinionNoah Smith Economics Finance PoliticsThe margin of stupid
EconTalkMultiple Authors Economics PoliticsDoug Lemov on Teaching
greyenlightenment.comMultiple Authors Politics Insight Porn Current AffairsThe wall: it ain’t happening
Jeff Kaufman's WritingJeff Kaufman Technology Current Affairs AI Economics Effective AltruismScientific Charity Movement
protokol2020protokol2020 Mathematics PhilosophySleeping Beauty Problem Variant
Julia GalefJulia Galef 'Rationality' Current AffairsCan we intentionally improve the world? Planners vs. Hayekians
Rationality through Board gamesAnonymous Games 'Rationality'Dealing with secret information
benkuhn.netBen Kuhn Mathematics Technology 'Rationality'The St. Petersburg “paradox”
Eli Bendersky's websiteEli Bendersky TechnologyHow to JIT - an introduction
The Merely RealChana Messinger 'Rationality' Effective Altruism EducationOf Foxes, Hedgehogs, and Radicals
MeteuphoricKatja Grace 'Rationality'Perfect principles are for bargaining
mindlevelupOwen Shen 'Rationality' Motivation Self-HelpThe Best Self-Help Should Be Self-Defeating
Bartleby’s BackpackTom Bartleby Philosophy 'Rationality'Contra Yudkowsky on Quidditch—and a meta point
Ben Models the WorldBenjamin Hoffman AI 'Rationality'Make more disjunctions explicit
The Bayesian ConspiracyMultiple Authors 'Rationality'34 – Lies, All Lies!
Status 451Multiple Authors Free Speech 'Rationality' PoliticsJudging things by their side effects
Random Critical AnalysisRCAFDM Statistics EconomicsUS life expectancy is below naive expectations mostly because it economically outperforms
Intelligent Agent Foundations ForumMultiple Authors AI Decision TheoryDelegative Inverse Reinforcement Learning
Alere SonoreAccalia Psychology Effective Altruism Philosophy PersonalYour Field Is Not The Best Field, And My Field Is Pretty Cool
pirate.londonChris Monteiro Transhumanism CybercrimeTranshumanist talks in the last 6 months
H+PediaChris Monteiro, David Wood, others TranshumanismComparison of futurist related ideas and positions

Adjacent Blogs

Blog NameAuthorPurpose/FocusExample Post
Good Judgement OpenMultiple Authors Politics StatisticsForecasting the Future of the Mosul Dam
The Ezra Klein ShowEzra Klein PoliticsNeera Tanden on what it's like to work for Hillary Clinton
Waking Up with Sam HarrisSam Harris Politics Religion 'Rationality'What Hillary Clinton Should Say about Islam and the “War on Terror”
OpenAI BlogMultiple Authors AILearning from Human Preferences
Shtetl-OptimizedScott Aaronson Mathematics Philosophy PoliticsIs “information is physical” contentful?
Mr. Money MustacheMr. Money Moustache Finance LifestylePay Down the Mortgage or Invest More? A win/win question.
Bryan Caplan at EconLogBryan Caplan Economics PoliticsThe Not-So-Curious Absence of American Emulationists in the Third World?
Marginal REVOLUTIONTyler Cowen Economics Politics Education PersonalCan an independent Puerto Rico work out?
The Blog of Author Tim FerrissTim Ferriss Marketing Health Productivity TravelNo More Excuses – How to Make an Extra $100,000 in the Next 6 Months
SidereaSibylla Bostoniensis Shrinkery Science! Food Current events Healthcare SocietyThe Value of College


Blog NameAuthorPurpose/FocusExample Post
Slate Star ScratchpadScott Alexander Psychology Medicine Philosophy History Sociology Culture Wars Problems In Society Politics Whale Puns“Today at the child hospital, I asked a kid if he knew what his diagnosis was...”
Ragged Jack ScarletAnonymous Sociology Insight Porn Memes Psychology Culture WarsMythic Values/Folk Values
Academician ZexAnonymous Alcoholism Homosexuality Sexuality Memes Cute Animals Culture Wars Cartoons Video GamesThe 80/20 rule and the addiction lobby
Wirehead WannabeAnonymous Depression Suicide Youth Rights Politics Culture Wars“I gotta admit...”


Forum NameForum TypeTopic FocusAdministrator(s)Moderation TypeUpdated
Name of the forum. eg. LessWrongWhat ”kind” of forum it is. For example LessWrong might be described as “community blog”, Reddit as “link aggregator”.What the forum is about. For example LessWrong might be described as “Attempts to explore ‘the art of human rationality’.”Who is the head moderator or maintainer of the forum. For example LessWrong when it was founded would have been Eliezer Yudkowsky.Loose, Medium, or Strict. Loose being none to very little, Strict being “goofing off gets you banned in 15 minutes”, and Medium being somewhere in between.The date that the entry was last touched in YYYY-MM-DD format. eg. 2017-10-06.
LessWrong 2.0Community BlogAttempting the creation of a 'rationality canon'.Vaniver, Oliver HabrykaMedium2019-01-06
Whistling LobstersLink Aggregator"Whistling Lobsters aims to stand at the intersection of interesting, useful, and excellent."ObormotStrict2017-10-06
/r/slatestarcodexSubredditSlate Star Codex community and related topicsBakkot, _Vulture_, coderman9, PM_ME_UR_OBSIDIAN, ScottAlexander, tailcalled, werttrew, utilsucks, cjet79Medium2017-10-07
/r/rationalSubredditRational and rationalist fictionParidexisErrant, alexanderwales, eaturbrainzLoose2017-10-09
/r/HPMORSubredditAnalysis of "Harry Potter and The Methods of Rationality"jaiwithani, V2Blast, EliezerYudkowsky, bbrazil, noking, alexanderwalesLoose2017-10-09
Effective Altruism ForumCommunity BlogThis forum brings together people who want to change the world, to make plans and share announcements.Larissa Hesketh-Rowe, Julia WiseMedium2017-10-09
OmnilibriumDebate ForumRational Discussion of Controversial TopicsUnknownMedium2017-10-09
Cafe ChesscourtBBSA forum for the rationalist communitytheojonesMedium2017-10-15


 Topic FocusSizeAdministratorModeration TypeUpdated
What the chatroom is named. eg. #lesswrong would be… #lesswrong.What topics the chatroom typically focuses on. eg. #lesswrong might be: Gwern Branwen, Cryptocurrency, Information Technology, AI, 'Rationalist' Community, Insight PornHow many users (including lurkers) does the channel have? This is usually listed somewhere in the interface.Who controls the chatroom? eg. #lesswrong might be: Gwern Branwen, or namespace depending on your political opinions.Loose, Medium, or Strict. Loose being none to very little, Strict being “goofing off gets you banned in 15 minutes”, and Medium being somewhere in between.The date that the entry was last touched in YYYY-MM-DD format. eg. 2017-10-06.
#lesswrong (Freenode)Gwern Branwen, Cryptocurrency, Information Technology, AI, 'Rationalist' Community, Insight Porn277Gwern BranwenStrict2017-10-06
##hplusroadmap (Freenode)Cryptocurrency, Hardware, Biohacking, Transhumanism86kanzureStrict2017-10-09
#slatestarcodex (Freenode)Scott Alexander, Culture Wars, Lifestyle83DrethelinStrict2017-10-09
#chapelperilous (Freenode)Postrationality, Religion, Culture Wars, Neoreaction23lucidianLoose2017-10-09
lesswrongers slackfull scope, solving problems.500 registered, 40 active weeklyElowalled garden, low moderation needed.2017-10-07
SSC DiscordPsychology, Scott Alexander, Sexuality, Culture Wars~300deluks917Strict2017-10-06
LessWrong Discordrationality, irrationality, shitposting, Less Wrong 2.0 support/development (not actively monitored by the LW 2.0 team)440 (low activity)ex cinerafirm but gentle2017-10-19
Russian LessWrong SlackFuturism, Coworking, Russia, Don't Be Shy Most People Speak English!2000+ registered, ~150 WAU (~50 are posting), and ~80 DAU (~25 are posting)berekukreign of terror2019-03-31
DoissetepChatroom aggregator, participants own and moderate 'shards' with different norms. Topics span everything from X-Risk to cuddling.~300Admin: Gray; Moderators: amanda, Lilly, nightpoolVaries between rooms, Medium from server moderators2019-10-28
exegesisbrain hacking, personal advice, mathematics, autistic special interests, community, sexuality~350 (almost inactive though)celestialoose unfortunately2019-06-03
a compelling narrativeAbove all, ACN is the the cool place to hang out. You can find most of the cool people here. In ACN, you can just chill and do whatever and totally relax. "Take it easy" is the ACN motto, for example, that's how laid back it is here. Show up if you want to have a good time.349ex cineraMedium in most channel, loose in #hell2019-03-31
Biggest Spotlight discord (Contact Hivewired#6054 on discord)Splinter of Exegesis, full scope, mental health, non-binary genders~100 (inactive)Hivecommunity2017-10-07
EA CornerEffective Altruism360apprenticebard, lintamande, Pedro, Taymon, Throne3dMedium2019-04-02