Larry Sanger

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

Who might you find in the lowest circles of hell?

I liked my answer to this Quora question so much that I had to put it here on my blog as well. I also used it to answer the question, "Why is murder a crime?" N.B. I do not believe in hell. Murderers, particularly mass murderers, must occupy the very lowest circle. This sounds like a boring answer.…

Reading Bear’s First Press Release (Please Share!)

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Joe Thomas 901-484-3347 INNOVATIVE NEW WEBSITE, READING BEAR, TEACHES PHONICS AND VOCABULARY FOR FREE Wikipedia Co-Founder’s Latest Project Launches to Acclaim MEMPHIS, TENN., OCTOBER 11, 2012 – The co-founder of Wikipedia has embarked on a new web-based project…

My Greatest Hits

The following pieces of writing produced the greatest reaction, or are simply my favorites. In order from most recent to oldest: What should we do about Wikipedia's porn problem? (May 2012) I want to start a conversation. ... So, you didn’t know that Wikipedia has a porn problem? Let me say what I…

Does a social contract require us to put our children in schools?

Tony Jones produced an interesting argument against homeschooling. As I understand it, Tony says that we are obligated by a social contract to send our kids to school, and by the fact that we must support society as a whole by not "dropping out." As he explains, "I live under a mandate to be the…

Let’s try out “Golden Filter Premium” on Wikipedia, shall we?

I encountered a journalist-activist on Twitter, a writer for (among others) Al Jazeera in English, who is nevertheless a free speech activist. We discussed the recent FoxNews.com article that reported, among other things, that the Wikimedia Foundation entirely failed to respond to a "more or…

Reading Bear: Rave Reviews

Reading Bear has enjoyed excellent preliminary reactions from a wide variety of online sources. The following is just a selection, most of this in reaction to our 2011 launch, not to the full set of 50 presentations that we completed in August 2012. Our Favorite Endorsements & Mentions Larry…

“Infant Intelligentsia: Can Babies Learn to Read? And Should They?”

There's a very good article about baby reading in the latest issue of Pacific Standard, which is what Miller-McClune Magazine is now called. (The magazine is pretty cool--it was described to me as the Pacific Coast version of The Atlantic.) It starts as follows: THE VIDEO CLIP…

Reading Bear is complete! Why it works.

After many months of development, I can finally announce: Reading Bear is complete! Reading Bear now has a full set of fifty presentations, with an average viewing time of about 15 minutes each. I haven't added up the time, but it's around 12 hours total. It covers a huge number of phonics…

On the moral bankruptcy of Wikipedia’s anonymous administration

I announced, named, and launched Wikipedia way back in January of 2001. My originating role in the project was acknowledged by Jimmy Wales later on in 2001, when he wrote, "Larry had the idea to use wiki software..." Virtually all of the news articles about the project before…

The Saga of Wikimedia UK and its Chair

The following story is very instructive about the sort of people in the Wikipedia universe, and what sort of people actually run things on the sixth most popular website online. In case you didn't know, there is an organization, Wikimedia UK, that is legally independent of the Wikimedia Foundation…