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Objectivist Origins of Wikipedia

More on Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, from the Atlantic Monthly:

Wales is of a thoughtful cast of mind. He was a frequent contributor to the philosophical “discussion lists” (the first popular online discussion forums) that emerged in the late ’80s as e-mail spread through the humanities. His particular passion was objectivism, the philosophical system developed by Ayn Rand. In 1989, he initiated the Ayn Rand Philosophy Discussion List and served as moderator…

Openness fit not only Wales’s idea of objectivism, with its emphasis on reason and rejection of force, but also his mild personality.

posted on 02 August 2006 by skirchner in Culture & Society

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