[Foundation-l] Has Wikipedia changed since 2005?

Peter Damian peter.damian at btinternet.com
Sat Oct 2 09:28:21 UTC 2010

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From: "David Gerard" <dgerard at gmail.com>
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> That [...] 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.
> http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1000941

On the assumption that there is negative answer to Step 1 - namely, there is 
a serious problem with the content and quality of philosophy articles in 
Wikipedia (I think you agree that is not in doubt), then the answer is 
clearly that none of these approaches have worked so far for philosophy, 
either singly or collectively.  Does that answer your question?  The answer 
seemed so obvious that I didn't give it.

I suppose you will reply that it is in some way the fault of the 
philosophers.  This, as I poetically suggested, would be like blaming the 
plants that didn't like acid soil, for not growing in my garden.  I repeat: 
it is unfair to blame the plants.  Find out the problem with the garden or 
its environment or its soil or whatever, and try to fix that if possible.  I 
found the article here quite helpful


Wtih every kind wish,


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