Episode 138: Wikipedia

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Lauren, and Laura talk about the history and reliability of Wikipedia and its many controversies, then end the episode with some of our favourite Wikipedia finds. Also on this episode: Lauren and Gem disagree about punctuation, and Laura does a lot of yelling about buffalo.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, critical thinking, and secular humanism.

History: History of Wikipedia (Wikipedia) | Nupedia (Wikipedia) | Bomis (Wikipedia) | h2g2: The Guide to Life | h2g2 (Wikipedia) | Wikipedia (h2g2)

Skepticism: List of common misconceptions (Wikipedia) | List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events (Wikipedia) | Perverse incentive (Wikipedia)

Reliability: Reliability of Wikipedia (Wikipedia) | Wikipedia is not a reliable source (Wikipedia) | How Accurate Is Wikipedia? (Live Science) | Is Wikipedia trustworthy when it comes to science? (The Washington Post) | How reliable is Wikipedia as a source of information, and why? (Quora) | Study shows Wikipedia Accuracy is 99.5% (ZME Science) | List of Wikipedias (Wikipedia)

Editors: WikiProject Women in Red (Wikipedia) | Women in Red (Wikipedia) | Wikipedia Editors Study Report (Wikipedia Meta) | Wikimedia Conference 2011 Editor Trends Study (Wikipedia Meta) | Wikipedia's 15 Anniversary: The Site Is in Trouble (Time) | Inside the Fight to Change Wikipedia’s Gender Problem (Inverse) | Women through the glass ceiling: gender asymmetries in Wikipedia (EPJ Data Science)

Edit Wars: Top 10 Strangest Wikipedia Edit Wars (Listverse) | CongressEdits (Wikipedia) | Judiciary Committee Members Doxxed During Kavanaugh Testimony (Huffington Post) | Edit war (Wikipedia Meta) | Edit warring (Wikipedia) | Wikipedia Wars: 10 Biggest Edit Battles (PCWorld) | Wikipedia’s lamest edit wars show why the site is amazing and infuriating (Vox) | 6 Wikipedia edits made from Capitol Hill (Columbia Journalism Review)

Controversies: List of Wikipedia controversies (Wikipedia)

Amusements: List of lists of lists (Wikipedia) | Illegal number (Wikipedia) | List of predictions (Wikipedia) | List of sexually active popes (Wikipedia) | Fictitious entry (Wikipedia) | Garden hermit (Wikipedia) | List of vampire traits in folklore and fiction (Wikipedia) | Great Molasses Flood (Wikipedia) | List of animals with fraudulent diplomas (Wikipedia) | List of unusual units of measurement (Wikipedia)

Lauren and Gem’s Punctuation Dustup: How to Use Quotation Marks Correctly (Grammar Girl)

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Episode 53: HIV/AIDS Denial

Episode 53: HIV/AIDS Denial

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn Noble, Laura Creek Newman, and Gem Newman discuss the pseudoscientific belief that AIDS is not caused by HIV. Also on this episode, Ashlyn interviews Susan Gerbic of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: HIV/AIDS Denialism | Opportunistic Infection | Peter Duesberg | Thabo Mbeki | Koch’s Postulates | Matthias Rath: Steal This Chapter (from Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science) | Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

Update (7 August 2014): The Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project has recently attracted some criticism from within the skeptical community for its use of private forums to conduct discussions, training, and the like, rather than making use of the open, transparent services (such as projects, sandboxes, and talk pages) already provided by Wikipedia for its editors. Rebecca of the Dublin Skeptics in the Pub discusses these issues on Skepchick here.

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