Wikipedia in the news: 30 June 2008

Jimbo writes about the free­dom that Wiki­pe­dia brings

The wis­dom of crowds – Wikipedia’s founder writes about what he sees as the fruits of the change inspired by Wiki­pe­dia. Although humans can be por­trayed as “irra­tion­al cap­tives to their back­ground and iden­tity”, Wales argues that it is pos­sible for object­ive col­lab­or­a­tion to occur if the lens of irra­tion­al­ity and con­flict is aban­doned and we accept non-ini­ti­ation of force as a fun­da­ment­al prin­ciple. He believes that ration­al­ity will pre­vail, thereby pre­serving the best aspects of our cul­ture and per­mit­ting par­ti­cip­a­tion to thrive in the devel­op­ing world. The open pro­cesses of Wiki­pe­dia, where you are likely to be chal­lenged if there are flaws in your argu­ment, epi­tom­ise the “vir­tue of the mar­ket­place of ideas”, he says.

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