Dear Ted and all Aroid Friends,
By now it SHOULD be obvious that Wikipedia is a VERY unreliable source
of information on aroids or ANY material.
I would NOT be surprised if it has become a ''tool'' of persons who are
using it to push THEIR agenda. "They" can post ''their'' agendas
(which may be VERY inaccurate, as we have seen in this examples quoted
here by Ted, plus others quoted previously), and ''they'' can keep
editing any correction to THEIR false entry back to ''their'' original
inaccurate posting, so that ''their'' misinformation is spread as being
factual. This by Wikipedia, a source, which to most of the general
public, is an aparently ''reliable'' source''. Not so!!!
Enough said. ''There are none so blind as those who WILL not see''.
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:42:01 -0500
Subject: [Aroid-l] Wikipedia
Julius and Steve, and others interested in Truth and Honesty,
Let me tell you a story about Wikipedia.
A couple of weeks ago I came across a book in my
"weirdness" section called "You and Your Palm", by a guy named "Cheiro"
(pronounced like the two Greek letters Chi and Rho). It turns out he
was a late 1920s and early 30s sort of palm reader to the stars. The
book contains palm prints and diagnoses of a number of famous movie
stars of the day. I don't know how you feel about palm reading and
these related skills, but I am not a fan except in the sense of mockery
Well, I looked up the good doctor on Wikipedia and found
a very flattering account of his life. Among the testimonials to his
greatness as a seer was what was purported to be an excerpt from a
guest book he kept. The entry was from Mark Twain and indicated how
pleased Twain was with the results of his sessions with the master.
As it happens I know some things about Mark Twain. Among
them is that Mark Twain was a huge skeptic. In fact, there is a whole
section in his autobiography (Chapter 13) in which he discusses some
controlled experiments he had done with both palm readers and
phrenologists of his day. Interestingly, they all concluded that one
thing his personality lacked was a sense of humor (!). These were done
by Mark Twain (and his agent) without revealing his identity.
Curiously, when he presented himself to a couple of the same jokers as
his real self, they managed to conjure up that he had a strong sense of
humor. So much for the veracity of the occult sciences.
Anyway, I thought I'd add an item to Wikipedia relating
to this and suggested that the views quoted there might be compared
with Mark Twain's own testimony with its not-so-veiled skepticism about
same. I was diplomatic. I merely pointed readers to something that
might shed more light on the subject.
This morning I checked the Wikipedia site and, sure
enough, my comment had been deleted and the entry about Mark Twain's
endorsement of Cheiro's abilities remained unaltered. In the past two
weeks I suppose some partisan of palmistry had reversed my efforts.
I was immediately doubtful when I first learned of
Wikipedia. I have stronger doubts about it now, after my experience.
Better, I think, is to rely on peer-reviewed matter, such as Aroideana,
for one's information about scientific topics. For non-scientific
topics we are at the mercy of our own judgment, I suppose.