Larry Sanger

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

Wake up, people! Minecraft sucks as an educational tool.

<rant> You don't have to cite studies to me. I already know that various kinds of video games can have some positive educational effects. As somebody who has wasted way too many hours on video games since 1977 or so, this isn't surprising to me. The notions that it might help…

Report about the boys, January 2016

I'll dive right into H's schooling. He's now age 9. The new tasklist orientation. This past year the biggest problem has been motivating him to study enough. Until November, it was a struggle. Although Mama's helping quite a bit more, especially with E., H. still requires management and I…

Are we becoming indifferent to freedom and democracy?

I know, I know: That title sounds ridiculously click-baity. But if you'll look at my blog, you'll see that I don't really go in for click-bait titles. Unfortunately, I mean it quite literally. It's an enormous problem that we aren't talking about enough. And I want to propose that one reason…

Our Moral Abyss

First, let me state my basic thesis poetically. To some, it will sound unoriginal, implausible, and overwrought: We in the West are falling in a moral abyss. We are in mid-fall. It's been long since we careened off the precipice, though we have not hit bottom. Poetic…

Infobitt’s Future, and Mine

I've just posted the following announcement to the big Infobitt mailing list. ======= Friends, I have some unfortunate news. While I don’t wish to give up on Infobitt, we have run out of money. I’ve let the programmers go, and I’m looking for a job myself. But I'll still be contributing, and I hope…

I kept my “no social media during work” pledge just fine

As I wrote in my last blog post, I’m pledging to abandon social media networks when I am at work, except for narrowly defined work purposes. And I’m asking you to hold me to it and slag me mercilessly if you catch me at it! And I’m inviting you to take the pledge, too! Yep, so for one day at…

No Social Media During Work! Take the pledge NOW!

Social media is a time suck. I'm not as bad as some, but I need to focus better. I think a lot of us do, frankly. Don't you agree? Then let's start a No Social Media During Work campaign! I'm pledging to abandon social media networks when I am at work, except for narrowly defined work purposes. And…

Some unpopular opinions

Here are some unpopular opinions, for your outrage or delight. 1. One of the biggest but least recognized reasons that American school system sucks—and it most certainly does—is that so many teachers and education professors are just as anti-intellectual as most parents. This is why we…

How to pop the education bubble

1. Soul-making and the education bubble One of my biggest pet peeves is the reduction of education to an economic transaction—to the gaining of marketable skills in exchange for fees. That's all wrong. Professional and vocational education is all fine and well, but education at the K-12 and…

The Free Speech and Intellectual Tolerance Credo, Draft 1

This is a credo in defense of freedom of speech and intellectual tolerance. As a credo, anyone can endorse or sign this; please do, in whatever form you wish. Feel free to add, subtract, or respond. It is a DRAFT statement of belief in response to certain claims sometimes made, loosely…