[Foundation-l] NPOV as common value?

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 23:17:36 UTC 2009

2009/4/22 Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com>:

> Science is not yet neutral.  The 'scientific method' we currently use
> as a meterstick is a fairly casual method, often producing biased or
> context-free results, which would be improved by a bit of the same
> self-reflection required to describe something with NPOV.

That's why NPOV and Scientific Point Of View are different things.

(speaking here as a sceptical atheist who considers Richard Dawkins
entirely too moderate, I have had occasion to suggest to other
sceptics that they tone it down for Wikipedia - anyone who disagrees
won't listen, and anyone unconvinced will be put off by a didactic

It's where the apparently-odd en:wp phrase "verifiability not truth"
comes in: we're mere humans, we don't have access to cosmic truth in
all its glory; verifiable references are all we have to go on and show
to others.

- d.

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