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February 17, 2007



Having switched only recently from the Ivory Tower to the world of social media, I cannot tell you how right you are.

But, knowing the system quite well, I predict that the ivory tower will be one of the last to engage in the wikiworld.

Jenkins is that rare bird that is so engaged in his field of interest (aca/fan is sheer brilliance a term) that he might be able to change a bit.

Bit then, looking at the amazing collaboration of the genome project - perhaps academics, in time, will learn how to loose control as well.


Hi again Asi.

My twin bro Terry tells me the same thing about the Physics Department, he's a PHD in theoretical physics and always talks about how conservative and insular it can be.


I couldn't agree more. there is an utterly unhelpful culture of compeitive individuality, there certainly was at Cambridge University in the UK when i was there.

the amount of people who must have slaved over the same problems and reached the same conclusions without collaborating simply because of arrogance and pride is almost scary to think of i think.

this attitude seems to lead people to hoard any great findings in the interests of outdoing their peers.

"In times of change, the learners will inherit the earth while the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists" - Erik Hoefer


forgot to say, really like your blog



should have mentioned this earlier: http://cnx.org/ online open university.


Thanks thunk!

And thanks for the lunk. I mean link.

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