Monday, November 16, 2009

A warm up excercise for Wednesday's class

This piece from Nature Magazine that compared Britannica to Wikipedia for accuracy is from several years back. It confounded conventional wisdom, which said "authoritative writing" of encyclopedia entries is necessary to ensure accuracy. Do you have other examples where conventional wisdom proved wrong? And can you explain why conventional wisdom failed in that case?


  1. Professor Arvan,
    Is it possible for you to send us a copy of the full article? It says that I have to pay in order to read it. Thanks.

  2. Sorry - I think you have to try from on the Campus Network. I'm on the VPN and it wouldn't let me in.