Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

Class action lawsuit against YBCR

UPDATE 1: my apologies.  I thought this was news, but it actually isn't.  I ran across this Courthouse News Service story, and the plaintiff is a Tondia Johnson, not Matthew Melmed (as I mistakenly wrote), and the dateline of the Courthouse News Service story is December 9, so it's month-old news.…

WatchKnow Reader coding gets under way!

I'm really pumped now!  Technical development of WatchKnow Reader (tentative name) is now officially under way.  After months of planning, requirements writing, and demo'ing, we are now starting a proof of concept that the software can be coded in HTML5.  Yes, we're hoping to go with HTML5 so we…

Invitation to collaborate on encyclopedia article

Some time ago I started working on a Citizendium article titled, tentatively, "Accelerated early childhood education."  (Is there a better name for this subject?)  What is the Citizendium, you ask?  It's a wiki encyclopedia, like that other wiki, but it requires that you use your real name, and…

Interview in Education News about infant reading

This morning, an interview I did a couple weeks ago appeared in Education News. The topic is the how and why of teaching babies to read. It covers familiar ground to readers of this blog, but still might be interesting to those who are skeptical or puzzled about baby reading.

I am not Jewish (not one of the Frozen Chosen)

I am not Jewish, not that there is anything wrong with that! OK, seriously, neither my mother nor my father (or any grandparents or great-grandparents) has, to my knowledge, any Jewish blood or religious heritage.  If we do, it must be a very small percentage.  I was raised Lutheran and, after…

Reviews of three classic children’s novels

Recently I finished reading three classic children's novels to H.  We've been on a roll, reading quite a bit every night.  I don't know if there's much point to a non-literature guy pretending to write reviews of classic children's literature, but I did so on Amazon.  Of course, you'll learn more…

Plans for WatchKnow Reader

All, finally I thought I'd tell you about my plans for what I'm tentatively calling WatchKnow Reader, and ask for your input.  I might ramble on -- apologies in advance. As many readers of this blog know, I taught H. how to read largely by using a series of about 1,000 flashcards arranged into sets…

4-year-old reading philosophy textbook (and Elkind’s “Miseducation”)

Here's H. reading a random page from Jones' History of Western Philosophy. Recorded last Nov. when he was 4 years, 5 months.   A few comments about this. First, obviously, he must understand very little of this text. He seems intrigued by books he can't understand, like the philosophy books on the…

The Today Show’s takedown of Your Baby Can Read ridiculously biased

This is a review of a review.  Last November 1, the Today Show did a segment about Your Baby Can Read, and that segment is now one of the top results for the Google searches for "your baby can read".  Unlike most of the Today Show's viewers, and apparently unlike Matt Lauer and his team, I actually…

Kindle Store version of essay available (for those who need it)

At least one person said she wanted to read my essay on her Kindle, but could not figure out how to get it. I'm pretty sure she could download it from her desktop and email it to her Kindle, but for those who want it on their handheld devices and can't be bothered to figure such things out, you can…