I'm interested in asking how do people that work in birational geometry view their field - specifically, what are the kinds of geometric questions (as opposed to commutative-algebraic questions) that interest them?
Often I hear that the main objective of birational geometry is to classify algebraic varieties up to birational isomorphism. This is an interesting mathematical question, but do the people who study it view it as a geometric question or as a commutative-algebraic one?
As a concrete example, we can take the birational classification of surfaces: it gives you very nice answers to questions like "when can we find a function with certain properties between two surfaces? what are the properties of these functions?" However, I don't see what kinds of geometric questions this theory gives you answers for, given that surfaces birational to each other can nevertheless look so radically different from each other.
Do people who study birational geometry view their field as geometry or as algebra? What are the kinds of geometric questions that interest them?