[Foundation-l] Has Wikipedia changed since 2005?

Marc Riddell michaeldavid86 at comcast.net
Sat Oct 2 12:30:47 UTC 2010

on 10/2/10 6:01 AM, SlimVirgin at slimvirgin at gmail.com wrote:

>> From: "David Gerard" <dgerard at gmail.com>
>>> 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.
> David, I think one of the reasons that biologists and others may be
> happier than philosophers to edit Wikipedia is that everyone assumes
> they know something about the latter and don't need to study for it,

> <snip>

> Academics don't have the time or patience to explain basic points for
> years on end to people who feel that reading books or papers about the
> subject is unnecessary. I'm sure the biology experts would give up too
> if their area of expertise were undermined in such a basic way.
Very well said, SV. I encounter the same thing in my field. You cannot teach
someone who will not be taught. You cannot teach someone something they
think they already know.

Marc Riddell

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