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Tim Farley’s big black hat on Wikipedia (or How to lose the rational middle)

Tim Farley’s big black hat on Wikipedia (or How to lose the rational middle)

Tim Farley is not my ideological opponent. Contrary to how he passionately prefers to frame these issues to his audience of a few hundred skeptics, a number of the people complaining against skeptic activism online are not believers or promoters of parapsychology or psi/esp or even Rupert Sheldrake. I’m not a parapsychology promoter and to be honest, do not really know much about the issue…

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Nanotechnology successfully working in cockroaches

From New Scientist. We are getting closer and closer :) 

It’s a computer – inside a cockroach. Nano-sized entities made of DNA that are able to perform the same kind of logic operations as a silicon-based computer have been introduced into a living animal.

The DNA computers – known as origami robots because they work by folding and unfolding strands of DNA – travel around the insect’s body and interact with each other, as well as the insect’s cells. When they uncurl, they can dispense drugs carried in their folds.

"DNA nanorobots could potentially carry out complex programs that could one day be used to diagnose or treat diseases with unprecedented sophistication," says Daniel Levner, a bioengineer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

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Trust me, I’m lying…on Wikipedia

Trust me, I’m lying…on Wikipedia

 “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” by Ryan Holiday,  suggests another motive for contributing to Wikipedia.

“Wikipedia acts as a certifier of basic information for many people, including reporters. Even a subtle influence over the way that Wikipedia frames an issue – whether criminal charges, a controversial campaign, a lawsuit, or even a critical reception – can have a…

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Same problem in 2006 on Wikipedia, not much has changed since

Same problem in 2006 on Wikipedia, not much has changed since

I was fumbling through the Wikipedia arbitration requests for pseudoscience, going back to 2006. Mainly the case handled the issues between scienceapologist and Ian Tresmen.

What I found interesting coming up in the hearing are similar issues and problems that are still occurring in 2014, yet at least discussed with a bit more reasonably, with Wikipedia admins weighing in against…

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Tim Farley asks ‘why do people edit Wikipedia?’ without a mention of ‘activism’ as a motivation.

Tim Farley asks ‘why do people edit Wikipedia?’ without a mention of ‘activism’ as a motivation.


Tim Farley, author of Skeptools and of unique interest to the WWHP project, shares with his readers this past January what some academics consider a rich question. Why do people edit Wikipedia?

He brings up a (preliminary) study by Sciences Po, Harvard Law School, and University of Strasbourg, which wind up citing social image and reciprocity as the main motivators.

Wishing to seize the…

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Interview with Rome Viharo, Wikipedia, We Have a Problem

Alex Tsakiris of the podcast Skeptiko interviewed me about my involvement with the Wikipedia wiki war and my harassment on Rational Wiki. Never gave an interview before. My son thinks it’s awesome, to him I was on the radio. I’m relieved I didn’t sound like a duck. Check it out here.

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Tim Farley - it’s time to be honest about activism on Wikipedia

Tim Farley - it’s time to be honest about skeptic activism on Wikipedia


An inconvenient truth for Tim Farley?


Tim Farley does not seem to want to be honest about what’s been happening on Rupert Sheldrake’s article on Wikipedia. Neither does prominent skeptic Jerry Coyne in his article in the New Republic. Either does…

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Rational Wiki - let's talk about this

I’ve challenged my article on Rational Wiki. I created an account there.  When I created the account, I was told that ‘there were many people impersonating Rome Viharo’ on the wiki and I had to show proof to make sure I was not ‘socking’ myself. I also found many discussions there accusing me of socking a number of other accounts. Oye. And they accuse me of conspiracy theories.

Fellas. Let’s give this a rest, eh? This obsession with me is creeping me out and I’m hardly notable for your encyclopedia. Please don’t believe what you write about me, it’s only insuring that you get the Rome Viharo you deserve.

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Wikipedia, We Have a Problem

I just published the case study on harassment and abuse on Wikipedia as a way to control a point of view on an article in a ‘wiki war’. The title for the project is 'Wikipedia, We Have a Problem'

I’ve been fascinated by Wiki wars for years - this is was the first time I ever participated in one. 

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Cyber bullying and Wikipedia - coming soon

I have my detractors, like you can see in Google search for my name and Rational Wiki is where they collaborate. Soon you fill find out why.  I’ll be releasing my report and case study on cyber bullying and Wikipedia - which is how that attack case came to be, and you will understand what all this craziness has been about.

Rational wiki is apparently anything but rational, as well as a collection of some of the crankiest people I have met online to this day.

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TED | Profile

Ugg - sorry tumblr’s - you are going to see me share a number of personal links. As it appears I have a number of online detractors, and i have been vacant from posting for a while, I need to re circulate my links because my detractors are literally trying to damage my online reputation. Thanks for your understanding! Any thumbs up or likes will help this endevour too.

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I’ve recently decided to host an account on my name domain - Vanity urls have always been somewhat of a turn off for me. However recently I was engaged in a case study regarding Wikipedia and now feel honored to have actual detractors - many of which love doing ‘dirty tricks’ on those they disagree with so now I have decided to own my name account  before anyone else does!

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Exploring Humanity's Evolving 'Global Brain'


Thomas W. Malone, director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence, on his study of humanity’s ability to think beyond our own brains: the idea of "collective intelligence".

What does collective intelligence mean? It’s important to realize that intelligence is not just something that happens inside individual brains. It also arises with groups of individuals. In fact, I’d define collective intelligence as groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent. By that definition, of course, collective intelligence has been around for a very long time. Families, companies, countries, and armies: those are all examples of groups of people working together in ways that at least sometimes seem intelligent.

It’s also possible for groups of people to work together in ways that seem pretty stupid, and I think collective stupidity is just as possible as collective intelligence…

What’s new, though, is a new kind of collective intelligence enabled by the Internet. Think of Google, for instance, where millions of people all over the world create web pages, and link those web pages to each other. Then all that knowledge is harvested by the Google technology so that when you type a question in the Google search bar the answers you get often seem amazingly intelligent, at least by some definition of the word “intelligence”….

Our future as a species may depend on our ability to use our global collective intelligence to make choices that are not just smart, but also wise.

Want to dig deeper? Andy Revkin has a collection of links on his NY Times DotEarth blog. The fact that we are even having this discussion, in the connected manner that we are having it, is a pretty good example of the power of this idea.

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Rome Viharo and the Future: Storytelling, Shamanism and How Social Media Replaces Government