Larry Sanger

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

“The Greatest Art and Music”–together

Well, it might not be the greatest, but you'll recognize a lot of standard paintings and classical music.  I've matched them up and these will be used as "interludes" among the slides in the upcoming WatchKnow Reader app.  I had altogether too much fun making these. Suitable for viewing by children…

Update about the Boys – February 2011

It's been a couple months since I updated this blog about what I'm doing with the boys, so here goes--subject by subject. The general method I've followed with H.'s education is unchanged: I read to him at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we usually do something educational after breakfast and after…

Kid-friendly paintings for Reader “interludes”?

UPDATE: there are a few example "interludes" now here and here. To provide brief "breaks" in the WatchKnow Reader presentations, I'm going to display random artworks & music for a short period. I'm developing a list of the artworks. Here is what I have so far. Any requests?  Obviously,…

Looong interview with me by Dan Schneider in Cosmoetica

Off and on, for the last 2.5 years, I have been answering questions from poet and critic Dan Schneider, who has conducted a series of long, interesting interviews.  My interview, posted a few hours ago, is #27 in the series; Schneider himself gives the interview four stars (out of five).  That…

Draft for comment: early reading survey

The almost complete lack of specific research about very early reading methods has long been bemoaned by those of us interested in the topic.  For many, simply seeing other children, or our own, reading at a surprisingly early age has been enough to convince us that it is possible, and many are…

A common error of school lessons, or, why I’m homeschooling

Here is one reason why I'm homeschooling, and why I would probably never send my children to a school--even most private schools. I was looking over some instructional material recently (something I do often these days).  It was a sample curriculum for teachers, explaining how, in one lesson, they…

Wales declares Sanger arbiter of consensus on Wikipedia

While looking at the old Wikipedia-L archives, I came across the following deliciously ironic post from none other than Jimmy Wales: [Wikipedia-l] subpages Jimmy Wales jwales at bomis.com Mon Feb 25 23:33:51 UTC 2002 kband at www.llamacom.com wrote: [...] > If he's still the final arbiter of…

Jimmy Wales on advertisement

A comment in Wired UK has Jimmy Wales saying this: Sanger was absolutely adamant that Wikipedia must have ads, and it was my refusal to do so that led to Wikipedia being as it is today. The Spanish fork did not provoke any changes of any kind. We stayed the course. I didn't want to have…

WatchKnow’s new FREE app

WatchKnow has finally released its iApp.  Not that I am biased or anything (I did design it), but I think it is one of the best educational apps in the app store. More details anon.

Johnson v. Your Baby Can: not much of a case

I finally got my hands on the court filing for Johnson v. Your Baby Can.  The case number is BC450907 and it was filed in Superior Court of Los Angeles County on December 8, 2010.  My initial assessment is that no jury is going to find for the plaintiff if this is the case; the case is threadbare,…