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?