A Tentative Endorsement (Caveat Emptor)
Caveat Emptor, Buyer Beware. In the last few days I have been diligently searching through the "free", online encyclopedia Wikipedia
. I must confess that I am impressed with it, and have found numerous entries that were helpful in learning about a topic I didn't know about. However, there are subtle errors throughout, due in part to two policies of WikiPedia:
- It is modifiable by anyone and subject to a type of majority rule in the event of disputes
- The "editors" or "moderators" take objectivity to mean that there should be no point of view on a given subject - in other words, if "Reason" is the entry, just present Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant and Ayatollah Khomeini's viewpoints, but pretend like there all equally plausible
Leaving aside these two defects, there is much good
information to be found here. Take a look
, and see what you think. So far I've looked up everything from Greek Fire
to the Byzantine Empire
to Eastern Orthodox Christianity
to Tariq ibn Ziyad
the Muslim conqueror of Spain.
Also, the entire textual (and some pictorial) content of the encyclopedia is covered by the GNU
"CopyLeft" copyright. It basically says that since the content is free, you can't use it in derivative material that isn't also "free".
There was at least something
of value in each entry I listed, so with the above caveats in mind, learn and enjoy, with a grain of salt!
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:34 AM