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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Wisdom of Polarized Crowds

A topic that has long interested me.  How biased is the Wikipedia?

Wikipedia and the Wisdom of Polarized Crowds
A lesson in how to break out of filter bubbles.
By   Brian Gallagher

In 2013, James Evans, a University of Chicago sociologist and computational scientist, launched a study to see if science forged a bridge across the political divide. Did conservatives and liberals at least agree on biology and physics and economics? Short answer: No. “We found more polarization than we expected,” Evans told me recently. People were even more polarized over science than sports teams. At the outset, Evans said, “I was hoping to find that science was like a Switzerland. When we have problems, we can appeal to science as a neutral arbiter to produce a solution, or pathway to a solution. That wasn’t the case at all.”

Paper:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-019-0541-6

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