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Intellectual Honesty Campaign
The are two goals of the Intellectual Honesty Campaign. First, the quality of original content could be better screened if we could engage more scholars in the content proofing/approval process on Wikipedia. Second, contributions to Wikipedia in the form of editing can be better moderated by asking scholars and professionals to "Fact check". An indirect consequence of involving more scholars from known academic institutions would be greater visibility of Wikipedia content and greater usage of Wikipedia content by university students and professionals.
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created on01:53, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

The recent global conflicts related to terrorism, the European Union, and the U.S. election of 2016 have shown how both television and on-line media bias has influenced public opinion (i.e., intellectual dishonesty). Despite a rare minority attempting to advocate for intellectual honesty in how we describe and prove the veracity of arguments about these big issues, the majority of individuals that contribute to online articles or other news media are biased and either (1) not interested in countering their biases OR (2) unaware of how biased they might be. This results in misinformation as well as increased interpersonal as well as intercultural conflict. I propose that one of the best methods for helping decrease our conflicts is promoting more intellectually honest discussions based upon valid sources and well-reasoned arguments, which I hope to help Wikipedia become an even more prominent source of credible information.

What is your solution?[edit]

I propose three solutions to this intellectual dishonesty problem. First, I would advocate for a series of live events sponsored by Wikipedia wherein scholars, academic institutions, and other reputable authors to discuss highly debated or inflammatory articles from Wikipedia. Second, Wikipedia can engage in collaborative research projects on the intellectual honesty of articles on Wikipedia related to current topics of note. Finally, Wikipedia could collaborate with institutes like the Smithsonian or foundations like the MacArthur Foundation, MENSA, the W.H.O. or other reputable education focused non-profit entities to co-host events, expositions, or campaigns for raising awareness about important social or scientific phenomenon.

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About the idea creator[edit]

My name is Dr. Patrick Lockwood. I'm a clinical psychologist and business consultant based in the Los Angeles area. I have worked in the field of addiction treatment for the past 8 years and am beginning my career as an author on fear. As a business consultant I've specialized in helping organizations run more efficiently and minimize employee burnout[1].


  • Researcher Intellectualism is an important contribution towards the discovery of a new ideas or promote the innovation. In behalf of that the ideas get awarded as Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks. Let's contribute as a part of to Intellectual Honesty Campaign. Cmd2208 (talk) 05:35, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Volunteer I can help you by bringing articles and links that can destroy the biases of our media. Pramit57 (talk) 10:06, 5 February 2017 (UTC)


  • Can give a good example for a intelectually honest discussion and give information, how to improve articles about highly controversial topics what also would improve the credibility of and the trust in the wikipedia. X:: black ::X (talk) 17:01, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

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