[lit-ideas] Re: Wikipedia

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 19:03:30 -0700

National Public Radio in the U.S. had an interview with the person who started Wikipedia, and it was an interesting interview. He's proposing a new operational definition of "truth:" Something is "true" if people stop making corrections to it.

This would guarantee truthiness.

But there's a different problem with Wikipedia, and all of these systems for capturing knowlege. It creates a sense that we have knowledge. But there are many things that don't fit into Wikipedia, and we end up with "well, it's not in there, so it doesn't exist."


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