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Wiki and the Misesian Vision

November 15, 2010 by

The Mises Wiki provides an exciting outlet for young Austrian scholarship. A wiki encyclopedia can grow beyond what it was originally intended to be, its growth limited only by the vision of its community. The future is here, and you are invited to take part in its unfolding. FULL ARTICLE by Jonathan M. Finegold Catalan

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Havvy November 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

I would suggest changing the title to “Wikis and the Misesian Vision”, since this is a discussion of multiple wikis, not just one.

Dave Albin November 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

I always like it when teachers or beady-eyed state lovers either laugh at or scoff at Wikipedia – very entertaining when someone with a god-complex is threatened!

CBYoungblood November 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I think Wikipedia is doing a good job on much of the information it has at the site. As a high school government/economics teacher I do have my students use Wikipedia entries as a starting point for research. I also like the fact that they highlight problems (lack of citation for example) with various articles. The most egregious problem I have found so far is the continuing suppression of articles opposed to the “global warming alarmist” view point. And just today I downloaded their poverty article in order to read it more thoroughly because I found the first part of it extremely biased. It states that:

“Industrial systems can produce a surplus, when the costs of environmental damages are externalized (paid by others). But this surplus is distributed disproportionately, by design. The poverty of today is directly attributable to such activity.”

So the article is saying that economics is a zero-sum game, without even a qualification that the statement is an opinion. Since I am not a member of the editing “community”, I don’t know how to get that changed.

Jonathan M. F. Catalán November 18, 2010 at 1:01 am

It would prob. be very difficult to have that change, since it’s a matter of persuading the other editors. You could conceivably getting away with starting an “alternative views” section, and then a full on article as an offshoot from that. But, the beauty is that there is room for competition, and now that competition is being provided by the Mises Institute.

Gary November 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

Open-source collaboration may also be the future of chess theory. Just as Wikipedia has come to challenge the peer-reviewed hierarchical model for encyclopedias, a wiki format will come to challenge the Modern Chess Openings (MCO) format of chess encyclopedias. The wiki will hopefully foster the creation of a collaborative social environment in which a decentralized peer-review process will emerge. Some contributors may be using the Fritz family of programs; others may use Rybka, etc. Of course, there will sometimes be discrepancies between Rybka’s top choice and Fritz’s top choice. In cases where chess engines disagree with each other, the community of wiki contributors will likely debate the merits of both variations.

Hopefully, due to competition, the objectively stronger move will win out in most cases and perhaps always win out in the long run. The end result of this decentralized peer-review process will be the creation of a composite of the objectively strongest analysis produced by a variety of different programs, aided by human judgment. Through this process, the wiki may provide stronger analysis on a more consistent basis than any single chess program could on its own. After all, according to Kasparov, Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process.

Google “final theory of chess,” visit the chess wiki, and click on the “Working Papers” link on the left-hand navigation for my research paper about praxeology, wikis, and the open-source community.

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