What I’m doing is data-driven.
The source materials is Wikipedia categories.
So for example:
Shows as being a part of four categories:
Problem solving skills
Those categories tie into other categories, etc until a network forms.
I’m choosing by hand manually from this existing network because I only want a subset that is _of interest_ to me. So if it goes in a direction that I am uncomfortable going into, I avoid that direction until I MUST go in that direction.
So, continuing with Category:Imagination, it is comprised of 5 subcategories:
Dream (6 C, 82 P)
Fiction (43 C, 94 P)
Sexual fantasies (5 P)
Thought experiments (3 C, 100 P)
Worldbuilding (4 C, 3 P)
I did not have Imagination on my chart AT ALL until earlier today. I’d simply forgotten about it and I did not travel through it as I snaked my way through to parent categories.
So when I added Imagination today, I added the subcategories of Dream, Fiction, Thought Experiments and Worldbuilding.
But I did not include Sexual fantasies because that wasn’t relevant right now. Maybe it will be later and in that case, I’ll add it then.
So I’m trying to keep it minimal. But it grows.
I am a strong believer in the democratization of information with an additional curation function when needed. Wikipedia is not perfect but it effectively covers the entire territory in some fashion and I can use its existing pathways to achieve my goals
I suppose what I am doing is mapping my rational-emotional reasoning on an external surface as best I can.
and if I can do that, I can then leverage that self-understanding to tackle unfamiliar areas