Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia Won’t Pretend the ‘Work of Lunatic Charlatans is the Equivalent of True Scientific Discourse’ March 28, 2014

Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia Won’t Pretend the ‘Work of Lunatic Charlatans is the Equivalent of True Scientific Discourse’

I don’t know what the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology was thinking starting a petition to get Wikipedia to treat their pseudoscience more favorably.

It’s science because it’s colorful

… people who are interested in the benefits of Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and specific approaches such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, Thought Field Therapy and the Tapas Acupressure Technique, turn to [Wikipedia’s] pages, trust what they read, and do not pursue getting help from these approaches which research has, in fact, proven to be of great benefit to many.

They urged petitioners not to give any money to Wikipedia unless these changes were made.

However, their efforts were slammed by none other than Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who wrote up a blistering rebuttal:

No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful.

Wikipedia’s policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals — that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately.

What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of “true scientific discourse”. It isn’t.

Remember that response the next time Wikipedia needs donations.

(via Boing Boing. Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Gil for the link!)


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