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Starting some musings about why I'm developing WikiLearn. I expect some related topics to include:

Maybe I'll quickly outline here what I might say on this and those pages (or I might summarize here and expound more on those pages):

  • One way human society advances is by gaining (technological, scientific, ethical, moral, and other types of knowledge).
  • Once that knowledge is discovered by one person, I believe it is usually to society's advantage to make that knowledge known to other people, so that they can:
    • Make use of that knowledge for practical everyday purposes
    • Make use of that knowledge to develop more knowledge that depends on that knowledge
    • Others?
  • There are forces that work to slow the dissemination of knowledge (copyrights, patents, trade secrets, which are really manisfestations of forces that include greed, jealousy, desire for power and fame (repeating myself)
  • There are reasons to carefully consider which types of knowledge are disseminated to everybody (how to build an atomic bomb, etc.)
  • Even very complex knowledge can be explained to "the common man" (if he is interested) -- see the 5 sentence explanation in RelativityForNewbies

My tentative and intermediate conclusion: "Hackers" who answer questions with RTFM or similar rude answers are not helping others to stand OnTheShouldersOfGiants, and I think they are the giants in one sense, and should be boosting others onto their shoulders, not playing king of the mountain.

So WhyWikiLearn? To boost interested people on to the shoulders of giants.

Aside: There's more I'd like to say here (if I remember all of it), but to the extent that Bill Gates is responsible for making computing accessible to the "common man", he deserves my respect. (I don't know enough facts about what he has done to really know how much credit he deserves, but to the extent he deserves credit for that, he deserves my respect.)

So, shortly I want to move on to writing what I wanted to start on this morning, CachingForNewbies, but I'll probably digress through some of the other topics listed on this page first.

See AboutThesePages.

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