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Wikipedia on Global Warming: The first place most people look is the last place anyone should.
American Thinker ^ | 03/11/2014 | Paul Austin Murphy

Posted on 03/11/2014 7:47:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It may seem a little misplaced to concentrate on two Wikipedia articles when it comes to something as substantive as the anthropogenic global warming theory (henceforth: AGWT or AGW). For a start, some people don't place much faith in any Wikipedia pieces. Nonetheless, it's quite possible that more people have gained knowledge about the AGWT from these articles than from any other sources. (One of the articles was viewed 1052332 times in only 30 days.)

After all, it's often the case that Wiki is the first port of call for many of us. In addition, these two articles are seemingly very scientific in nature and chockablock with references and statistics. One of the articles is also of considerable length: 7552 words to be exact; along with -- believe it or not -- 71130 words (that's over seventy-one thousand) of references, etc.

(There's a Conservapedia article called 'Anthropogenic global warming theory' which is very short -- a mere 455 words -- and quite insubstantial. There's also Uncyclopedia's 'Global warming', which is superior to the Conservapedia entry.)

These two articles are the only Wikipedia entries (excluding the Simple English Wikipedia piece) on global warming. They're entitled 'Global warming' (2002 to 2014) and 'Global warming controversy' (2003 to 2014). The thing is: they're both written by the same person. The positions advanced in them are almost indistinguishable and even the wording is often quite literally identical. However, it is indeed the case that Wiki articles receive many “edits”. Nonetheless, that doesn't change the fact that they are written by a single person (or a specific group of people). The editors can only edit what's already there.

The main point is that these articles are two of the most biased and one-sided I've ever read on the subject of the AGWT.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarming; wikipedia

1 posted on 03/11/2014 7:47:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wikipedia has its place but its worthless for anything remotely political.

If you want quick info on the orbital period of the planet mercury, wiki is great.

If you want info on the 2000 election, you may as well turn to Mother Goose.

2 posted on 03/11/2014 7:51:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

If you sign up as a wiki author, you can then edit any article if you have solid references to back up your edit.

3 posted on 03/11/2014 7:54:32 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

The issue on the topic of global warming is this -— what constitutes ‘solid reference’?

You can always cite CNN or MSNBC as your reference.

4 posted on 03/11/2014 7:58:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Global warming is not my field of study but I feel sure there texts or other books to cite with solid scientific basis.

One does not say “that is in error” one says “the literature says blah blah blah, or perhaps “In his paper Blah blah blah, Dr Peterson of NC State and renown climate authority unequivocally states...... “ and cites solid material refuting what ever is desired. That allows the reader to reach a conclusion based on solid and perhaps preponderance of good solid reference material.

For extra credit, if there is a Wiki reference making the same point, the citation will amplify your point. And of course, a chart will be beneficial also. But, beware of copyright when posting graphics on Wiki.

5 posted on 03/11/2014 8:10:42 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have not heard of Conservapedia, I’ll take a look.

6 posted on 03/11/2014 8:34:19 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: SeekAndFind

Just imagine all the editing Wikipedia has done to erase all the Hillary scandals.

7 posted on 03/11/2014 8:38:34 AM PDT by aimhigh ( Self defense - a human right.)
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To: bert

Here is what the author of this article observes about the Wikipedia page on Global Warming:

* The very fact that there isn’t even a single subsection on the critical scientific and philosophical reactions to the AGWT shows that there is something very wrong here.

* Even in the article entitled ‘Global warming controversy’, more incredibly, the positions and arguments of AGW sceptics/critics aren’t even displayed, let alone tackled.

* There looks like an attempt to try and make out that being sceptical about — or critical of — the AGWT is equivalent to denying the Holocaust.

* The article is keen to mention the fact that certain sceptics/critics of the AGWT are “funded” by “big business”.

This conspiratorial talk about, for example, ExxonMobil’s funding of a handful of skeptical scientists fails to mention the fact that such funding is but a drop in the ocean compared to the global pro-AGW business.

These are some of the author’s observations... he has more on the article regarding Stats & Science.

8 posted on 03/11/2014 8:56:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Global warming = Government funding

Now you too can live on easy street.

9 posted on 03/11/2014 9:27:44 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind
The AGW portion of Wikipedia looks like it came from the Onion.

Surely no one believes that garbage!

Don't they teach actual science in schools anymore?

10 posted on 03/11/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: SeekAndFind

If you are knowledgeable and have solid references that disagree with those in the article, you, that is you an ordinary cotton picker, or anybody else, can add to the article. Anybody can edit a wiki piece with what ever they want. But good solid info with good reference citations is what wiki is for. That is to provide good information. A reader with the information you think should have would have both sides of the subject.

If you look closely at the end of each sub title block there is a [edit] sign. If you click on that it will open an edit page that allows you to add what you want. To do so you must develop a log on ID and pass word. Note also there is a
History tab that indicates all the various edits since te first writing. You might want to look at that to get a feel for how people have worked on this specific piece.

Particularly good and getting brownie points is citing another wiki article that agrees with your view or reference citations. That reference calls up the url of a different article on something of interest in the article being edited.

Any way, it’s a challenge to mess with

Learning Wiki is hard for a new piece, but not so hard for editing an existing article.

11 posted on 03/11/2014 3:14:05 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

True. I’d give that comment to the author.

However, this is not to say that the author’s observations about the Wiki Page on Global Warming AS IT STANDS NOW are without merit.

12 posted on 03/11/2014 3:21:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

——— the author’s observations——

There is likely more than one author. Perhaps someone has already brought a second or third point of view to the article.

Look at the “history” tab to see how many have actually been involved in the writing evolution

13 posted on 03/11/2014 3:41:15 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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