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It seems like a perennial question why I do not just use one account for all edits, and why I use two different signatures. I use two different accounts on a regular basis because busybody administrators, having apparently nothing better to do with their time than persecute innocent productive editors, have told me that it is less confusing for them if I use two different accounts to edit rather than just one. I have endeavoured to minimize their confusion by using two different signatures as well. Do not ask me to understand the wishes of our benevolent overlords. I am merely carrying out their mysterious wishes.
The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone. You hear them shouting "Heil, Spode!" and you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: "Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?"— Bertie Wooster in The Code of the Woosters (1938)
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In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.
In a practical, immediate way, one sees the limits of the so-called “extended mind” clearly in the mob-made Wikipedia, the perfect product of that new vast, supersized cognition: when there’s easy agreement, it’s fine, and when there’s widespread disagreement on values or facts, as with, say, the origins of capitalism, it’s fine, too; you get both sides. The trouble comes when one side is right and the other side is wrong and doesn’t know it. The Shakespeare authorship page and the Shroud of Turin page are scenes of constant conflict and are packed with unreliable information... Our trouble is not the over-all absence of smartness but the intractable power of pure stupidity, and no machine, or mind, seems extended enough to cure that.
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- harmonic coordinate condition, a related notion in general relativity) (currently a redirect to
- Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Mathematics
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Mathematics/Current activity
- Wikipedia:Reference desk/Mathematics
- Wikipedia:Why Wikipedia cannot claim the earth is not flat
- User:Lumidek (talk)
- User:John Baez (talk)
- User:Thenub314 (talk)
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