Friday, July 30, 2010

How Reliable is Wikipedia, Really?

Every professor I've ever had has cautioned against using Wikipedia as a reliable source, so I was surprised when a friend recently referenced this article, which suggests that Wikipedia is just as reliable as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Then I saw this interview with Larry Sanders, one of the creators of Wikipedia. It's cool that he's also a trained philosopher and focuses on epistemology, the science of how people search for and acquire knowledge. But even more interesting, he said: "If I'm doing serious research, I don't spend much time on Wikipedia at all."

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