[Foundation-l] Has Wikipedia changed since 2005?

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Sat Oct 2 08:40:19 UTC 2010

On 2 October 2010 07:58, Peter Damian <peter.damian at btinternet.com> wrote:
> From: "David Gerard" <dgerard at gmail.com>

>> http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1000941
>> With some fields going to this effort and not others, ultimately it's
>> up to the specialists in the fields themselves to bother. So what do
>> the biologists have that the philosophers - or other fields that are
>> ill-represented in Wikipedia - lack?

> So here am I looking for systematic reasons why philosophy, and humanities
> in general are under-represented in Wikipedia and you are saying that it is
> because philosophers - and by implication specialists in humanities - don't
> bother?  Interesting.  I once got puzzled why certain plants wouldn't grow
> in my garden.  I got frustrated and thought perhaps the plants weren't
> bothering.  Then I found that because my garden is north facing and has acid
> soil, the plants that like sunlight and don't like acid soil, weren't
> flourishing.

That's wonderfully poetic and doesn't answer the question I asked:
*what* about the approach in this paper wouldn't work for philosophy,
in your opinion? Please be specific.

- d.

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