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This surgical theater example totally misses the subject, sorry.
The Wikipedia (or an edited surgical manual from a "respected publisher",
for that matter) is about
"for those interested, here is what medicine knows about appendoctomy,
as determined by a consensus of people that recognize each other's
expertise in the subject matter;"
"this HOWTO is all what you need to know about cutting out your
appendix --- get to business right now, don't have a doubt in what we
The "well educated and credential" surgeon that you trust is probably a
member of the "self-selected group of people interested enough in surgical
tools to participate in a discussion of surgical tools" and looks up the
communal knowledge when his own is a little lacking.
On Sat, 28 Jan 2006, Klaus Backert wrote:
> Am 28.01.2006 um 14:34 schrieb Elliotte Harold:
>> One of the revelations of Wikipedia is that crowds are pretty effective at
>> self-selecting and self-policing. A random crowd would not be effective at
>> picking surgical tools. A self-selected group of people interested enough
>> in surgical tools to participate in a discussion of surgical tools likely
>> would be; and in fact probably would do better than any one individual
>> would, no matter well educated and credentialed.
> Let's assume: I have to go to a hospital to get a surgical treatment. Then
> I'm inside the operational theater. On the one side there is a "well educated
> and credential" surgeon. On the other side there ist a "self-selected group
> of people interested enough in surgical tools to participate in a discussion
> of surgical tools". Whom will I count on, when it comes to the selection of
> the proper surgical tool for treating ME?
> Additional information: I hope that I will come home safe and sound.
> There is this wonderful word: When the rubber hits the ground ... ;-) %-))
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