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Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth

October 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Nice article from Simson Garfinkel in Technology Review: “Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth“.

An excerpt:

So what is Truth? According to Wikipedia’s entry on the subject, “the term has no single definition about which the majority of professional philosophers and scholars agree.” But in practice, Wikipedia’s standard for inclusion has become its de facto standard for truth, and since Wikipedia is the most widely read online reference on the planet, it’s the standard of truth that most people are implicitly using when they type a search term into Google or Yahoo. On Wikipedia, truth is received truth: the consensus view of a subject.

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