[Foundation-l] Expertise and Wikipedia redux

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 19:35:12 UTC 2010

This reads like a radical anti-egalitarian manifesto by some young
Internet-based firebrand. Wikipedia is way cool! Universities are dead
institutions walking! We'll all learn off the web! Social networks
will replace campuses! You know the sort of thing:


Then I got to the end and m`y jaw dropped when I saw what the author
did for a living. (Try to read the article without skipping to the

So. What do we do to distinguish experts from non-experts when we no
longer even have credentials as a marker of expertise? (e.g. there's
not a vast reserve of commercial positions for pure philosophers.)

- d.

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