When I first created this site, I wanted to create a category structure that would enable me to classify any post I might publish. It seemed to be a logical step given the name of the website. I don’t recall how long it took me, but I spent some time looking through various ways of classifying knowledge and eventually came up with a version that suited my interests and seemed to make sense to me. I had fifteen broad categories when I was finished.
Recently, I was thinking about how I could combine some of these to fit into a system similar to the Dewey Decimal Classification. My structure is slightly different, but in many ways it mirrors the DDC. Here’s what I settled on (the numbers are just to give it that DDC feel):
000 – Religion & Philosophy
100 – Language
200 – Mathematics
300 – Natural Sciences & Medical Science
400 – Technology & Applied Sciences
500 – Geography
600 – History
700 – Psychology & Social Sciences
800 – Arts & Literature
900 – Recreation & Miscellany
Below is a summary of what each of these broad categories would include.
Religion & Philosophy
Major Languages (English, Chinese, Spanish, etc.)
Probability & Statistics
Natural Sciences & Medical Science
Earth Sciences (Geology, Oceanography, etc.)
Technology & Applied Sciences
Commerce & Business
same as above plus Biography
Psychology & Social Sciences
All the various sub-areas of Psychology
Arts & Literature
Recreation & Miscellany
…and everything else!
What do you think? If you were going to classify all areas of human knowledge, how would you do it?
6 thoughts on “Classifying All Human Knowledge”
I think thats a nice list, but i cant say i wholly agree. I wouldnt put religion and philosophy together. Plus i am not sure about the meaning of art or what counts as art. So i’d have doubts about that too. I’d classify the sciences as fundamental vs applied. Fundemental ones would be further divided into formal, natural and social sciences. Applied ones would involve all engineering, technology etc. Humanities& Arts would probably be my third big area involving philosophy, history, music, literature etc. Though i must say that i think rather than classifying we should really focus on how the dividing lines are way too blurry and its perhaps a wiser approach to see them all interdependent and transitional.
Hi there m8!
Very nice list! It of course reflect, as you had said, the interests that are closer to your covered amplitude of focus.
You helped me find Dewey list. This is fantastic!
I am curious what you are trying with this website? We may have something in common. Hit me on FB Garry Garsky
Unfortunately I haven’t done much with the site. The idea was to share what I’m learning but I haven’t found the time to blog much.
I understand you Paul.
I see my self also as a pantologist and if i would be blogging about all my learnings that would take my time to learn more.
Also the synthesis of all the study summarized would most likely would not pass on the same knowledge as one learning the all, since most of the learning is on the small details within the joints of each variable…
Well done. I have no reason to quibble over the classifications. My hope is to find a chart of the timelines for all or many of these fields, highlighting significant discoveries, especially in mathematics, astronomy, and technology. I suppose something already exists but if not I’d do one.
Enjoyed this list, your categories are a bit different than what I have come up with so far, which is useful, thank you. I found this page when looking for something I still would like to find (so I’m writing it): an essay summary of all human knowledge, not too long, something an average reader with a high school education could read and mostly understand(?) in less than an hour, about 15K words. I think everyone with an interest in cataloging human knowledge should give this seemingly impossible task a try! I’d love to read other people’s similar efforts. What, in all our vast stores information, with all this data now at our fingertips, would you pull out to tell a person 10,000 years from now, to show what we humans knew?