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factoids}}| slogan = | commercial = No| type = Wiki| registration = OptionalWEBSITE=RATIONALWIKI.ORG, PUBLISHER=RATIONALMEDIA FOUNDATION, January 26, 2015, PUBLISHER=RATIONALWIKI, January 16, 2015, CC-BY-SA 3.0RATIONALWIKI:COPYRIGHTS WEBSITE=RATIONALWIKI, 5 November 2018, | programming_language = MediaWiki softwarePUBLISHER=RATIONALWIKI, August 10, 2017, 20197PUBLISHER=ALEXA INTERNET, January 7, 2019, | current status = Active}}RationalWiki is a wiki whose stated aims are to critique and challenge pseudoscience and the anti-science movement, explore authoritarianism and fundamentalism and analyze how these subjects are handled in the media.WEB,weblink RationalWiki - RationalWiki,, September 11, 2017, It was created in 2007 to counter Conservapedia after an incident in which contributors attempting to edit Conservapedia were banned.



In April 2007, Peter Lipson, a doctor of internal medicine, attempted to edit Conservapedia's article on breast cancer to include evidence against Conservapedia's claim that abortion was linked to the disease. Conservapedia is an encyclopedia started by Andy Schlafly as an alternative to Pseudopedia, which Schlafly perceived as suffering from liberal and atheist bias. He and Conservapedia administrators "questioned [Lipson's] credentials and shut down debate". After they were blocked, "Lipson and several other contributors quit trying to moderate the articles [on Conservapedia] and instead started their own website, RationalWiki".NEWS, Simon, Stephanie, A conservative's answer to Wikipedia,weblink November 2, 2007, June 22, 2007, Los Angeles Times, WEB,weblink Need hard facts? Try Conservapedia, Lester, Haines, The Register, June 20, 2007, January 19, 2015,

RationalMedia Foundation

In 2010, Trent Toulouse incorporated a nonprofit organization, the RationalWiki Foundation Inc., to manage the affairs and pay the operational expenses of the website. In July 2013, the RationalWiki Foundation changed its name to the RationalMedia Foundation, stating that its aims extended beyond the RationalWiki site alone.WEB,weblink Introducing the new RationalMedia Foundation, RationalMedia Foundation blog, August 22, 2017, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink April 5, 2016, mdy-all,

Mission and content

RationalWiki's stated missions are:WEB,weblink Crowdsourced Knowledge: Peril and Promise for Complex Knowledge Systems, Mary, Keeler, Josh, Johnson, Arun, Majumdar, 4, January 17, 2015, WEB, RationalWiki Main Page, RationalWiki,weblink May 15, 2017,
  1. Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement
  2. Documenting the full range of crank ideas
  3. Explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism
  4. Analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the mass media
RationalWiki differs in several ways from the philosophy of Wikipedia and some other informational wikis. It has a "snarky point of view" (SPOV) policyWEB,weblink RationalWiki, What is a RationalWiki article?, January 16, 2015, as opposed to Wikipedia's neutral point of view policy. Following this mission, many RationalWiki articles mockingly describe beliefs that RationalWiki opposes, especially when covering topics like alternative medicine or fundamentalist Christian leaders.A significant fraction of activity on RationalWiki was critiquing and "monitor[ing] Conservapedia". RationalWiki contributors, many of whom are former Conservapedia contributors, are often highly critical of Conservapedia. Lester Haines of The Register stated: "Its entry entitled 'Conservapedia:Delusions' promptly mocks the claims that 'Homosexuality is a mental disorder', 'Atheists are sociopaths', and 'During the 6 days of creation G-d placed the Earth inside a black hole to slow down time so the light from distant stars had time to reach us'". According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times in 2007, RationalWiki members "by their own admission" vandalize Conservapedia.


Andrea Ballatore, a lecturer at University of California, Santa Barbara described RationalWiki as a debunking website, finding it to be the most visible debunking website of conspiracy theories in terms of Google and Bing search results, slightly more visible than and less visible than YouTube or Wikipedia.WEB, Ballatore, Andrea,weblink Google chemtrails: A methodology to analyze topic representation in search engine results., First Monday, 20.7 (2015), March 15, 2016, In Critical Thinking: Pseudoscience and the Paranormal, Johnathan Smith lists RationalWiki in an exercise on finding and identifying fallacies.Smith, Jonathan C. Critical Thinking: Pseudoscience and the Paranormal. John Wiley & Sons, 2017, pp 77. 9781119029489In Intelligent Systems'2014, Alexander Shvets stated that RationalWiki is one of the few online resources that "provide some information about pseudoscientific theories" and notes that it attempts to "organize and categorize knowledge about pseudoscientific theories, personalities, and organizations".BOOK, Intelligent Systems'2014: Proceedings of the 7th IEEE International Conference Intelligent Systems IS’2014, September 24{{ndash, 26, 2014, Warsaw, Poland, Volume 2: Tools, Architectures, Systems, Applications. Series: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Vol. 323|at=A Method of Automatic Detection of Pseudoscientific Publications, page 533 et seq.|last=Shvets|first=Alexander|display-editors=3|editor-last1=Filev|editor-first1=D.|editor-last2=Jabłkowski|editor-first2=J.|editor-last3=Kacprzyk|editor-first3=J.|editor-last4=Krawczak|editor-first4=M.|editor-last5=Popchev|editor-first5=I.|editor-last6=Rutkowski|editor-first6=L.|editor-last7=Sgurev|editor-first7=V.|editor-last8=Sotirova|editor-first8=E.|editor-last9=Szynkarczyk|editor-first9=P.|editor-last10=Zadrozny|editor-first10=S.|publisher=Springer Publishing|date=October 2, 2014|isbn=978-3-319-11310-4}} Similarly, Keeler et al. stated that sites like RationalWiki can help to "sort out the complexities" that arise when "distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people". Benjamin Brojakowski of Bowling Green State University described RationalWiki as "a Wikipedia-style website aimed at educating individuals with unorthodox views".WEB, Brojakowski, Benjamin,weblink Digital Whiteness Imperialism: Redefining Caucasian Identity Post-Boston Bombing, Bowling Green State University (dissertation), August 2017, 3 October 2017, Several magazines and op-eds have criticized specific RationalWiki articles. Paul Austin Murphy, of American Thinker magazine, criticized RationalWiki for calling American Thinker a "wingnut publication".WEB,weblink American Thinker is a Wingnut Publication, Murphy, Paul, November 19, 2014, January 19, 2015, George Selgin of the Cato Institute disagreed with RationalWiki's criticism of the stability of the gold standard.WEB,weblink Ten Things Every Economist Should Know about the Gold Standard, Selgin, George, June 4, 2015, August 14, 2017, Franklin Einspruch of The Federalist criticized RationalWiki for claiming that "Cultural Marxism" is a conspiracy theory.WEB,weblink Cultural Marxists Are Actually Pomofascists, Einspruch, Franklin, September 6, 2016, The Federalist (website), The Federalist, August 14, 2017,

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