Criticisms of the rationalist movement
Cult of Rationality
Less Wrong has been referred to as a
cult phyg on numerous occasions, with Eliezer Yudkowsky as its leader. Eliezer's confidence in his AI safety work outside of mainstream acedemia and self-professed intelligence render him highly unpopular with his critics.
The Neoreaction movement, is a notoriously adjacent idea to the community. Whist it has being explicitly refuted by figures such as Eliezer and Scott, is often actively-associated by critics.
Main: Roko's basilisk
The Roko's basilisk thought experiment was notorious in that it required specific preconditions available nearly exclusively within the Less Wrong community that rendered the the reader vulnerable to this 'memetic hazard'. As such it has drawn derision from critics who feel perception risk from unfriendly AI is overstated within the community.