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Ideological Turing Test Makes the House of Lords

Seriously, via my John Locke Institute Summer School colleague Lord Dan Hannan: Over the summer I participated in teaching in a school, appropriately called the John Locke Institute. Rather like what the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Birmingham was describing in his home city, it tries to teach young people the idea of what the administrators of the course call “generous listening”. It is a lovely phrase. Generous listening means not waiting, patiently or...

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The Default of Fear

Wikipedia’s article on gender bias on Wikipedia is fascinating at the meta-level.   It starts with basic facts: In a 2018 survey covering 12 language versions of Wikipedia and some other Wikimedia Foundation projects, 90% of contributors reported their gender as male, 8.8% as female, and 1% as other. Among contributors to the English Wikipedia, 13.6% identified as female and 1.7% as other.[5] Other studies since 2011, mostly focused on the English Wikipedia,...

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What’s Historic?

I regularly read Wikipedia’s “Historical Events on This Day.”  It’s fun, and I learn new history.  But I’m still puzzled by the selection criteria.  Wikipedia casually blends three very different kinds of events: 1. Critical political, diplomatic, and military events that plausibly changed the lives of millions or even billions of people. 2. Terrorist attacks. 3. Natural disasters and major accidents. “Historical events” for February 11, for example, include crucial...

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