Nature mag cooked Wikipedia study

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  1. Ben W

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    Nature mag cooked Wikipedia study
    By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
    Published Thursday 23rd March 2006 03:33 GMT

    Nature magazine has some tough questions to answer after it let its Wikipedia fetish get the better of its responsibilities to reporting science. The Encyclopedia Britannica has published a devastating response to Nature's December comparison of Wikipedia and Britannica, and accuses the journal of misrepresenting its own evidence.

    Where the evidence didn't fit, says Britannica, Nature's news team just made it up. Britannica has called on the journal to repudiate the report, which was put together by its news team.

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    If it's true (and I'd put my money on Britannica), then shame on Nature mag. I'm guessing that Nature's staff is more likely to contribute to Wiki than is Britannica's.

    Wiki is still a good source of free information - but! double-check and follow the reference links at the bottom.
     
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    Not surprised nature falsified information....
    they do it all the time with their evolution propagnada
     
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    I would have thought that "love your neighbor" would exclude false witness.
     
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    Since when does Nature love its neighbor?
     
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    Seems like a reasonnable explanation. They're saying that Wiki approaches Britannica for reliability. Wiki is favored by a lot of scientists.

    I grew up with a set of Britannica (1954 - Germany is forever divided and astronomy is in early childhood) and I've read sections of other editions. Their reputation for scholarship was always top-notch, but stodgy and definitely Anglo-centric. Nature is a renown peer-reviewed, yet accessible, science journal. They are both decent and reputable.

    LTN, read Britannica's entry on evolution and you will undoubtedly accuse them of falsifying information as well.
     

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