The academics_anon discussion of the Middlebury decision re. Wikipedia reminded me of the time I looked up "autonomy" on Wikipedia, just out of curiosity (since it's my research area).

Yikes. Oh dear.

Actually to be more careful, here is the link to the latest edit, in the history page, in case someone updates it. Excerpts below.

"Self governance. In this sense, only asocial ferals and governments are autonomous. This restriction of Autonomy applys to everything; human, animal, mineral, and vegetable. Anything that is governed is not autonomous." One must always respect the self-governing decisions of asocial ferals.

"Philosophy adds the concepts of intelligence, being informed, and not being coerced." Philosophy should add these concepts more often.

"Within self-determination theory in psychology, autonomy refers to 'autonomy support versus control', "hypothesizing that autonomy-supportive social contexts tend to facilitate self-determined motivation, healthy development, and optimal functioning."" Cutting and pasting is fun, kids! Just throw quotation marks around it, and you're good to go

At least there is a "cleanup" needed tag on the page.

But even the talk page discussing what needs to happen in the article is lame. Why does someone need to specifically point out Kurdistan?

There was a discussion about whether or not to delete the entry, which concluded they should keep it since basically "Even if the current content needs work, apparently a number of people think something belongs here, and the current content certainly has at least a little utility" [Interiot 05:33, 1 March 2006 (UTC)]

Freedom (in the philosophical sense) is also pretty bad. But they refer to Susan Wolf's book, so that's helpful at least.

I suppose if I were a nice person I would go in and fix the autonomy page. But it's more fun to mock it. And continue to hold it up as an example to my students of awful-osity.
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