I have a model that could make all of Wikipedia's medical content reliable in ten years. By reliable I mean vetted for accuracy and comprehensiveness by independent scholars and researchers selected by the editors of the world's top medical journals.
I've been working on a trial. BMJ, the publishers of The BMJ and other journals, recruited five reviewers including a major contributor to the current diagnostic criteria for Parkinson's disease, and a major contributor to a current effort to redraft those diagnostic criteria (the second is also the most published author of peer-reviewed articles on Parkinson's disease) and tasked them with reviewing our article, Parkinson's disease. The results are in my sandbox. I'm making sure all of the reviewers' recommendations comply with Wikipedia policy, I'm providing reliable sources that support all significant changes and I'm integrating the proposed changes into the article. I'm about three quarters of the way through.
The idea is to make one version of the article an extremely reliable source, worthy of citation in journals, school essays and Wikipedia.
This is only worth doing if there's a prominent banner at the top of the current, editable version pointing the reader to the version that is endorsed by experts. Without a prominent link from the current to the endorsed version, no expert would waste their time reviewing. I'm worried the community won't let me put such a banner at the top of the article. 12:46, 7 September 2017
The other day I surfed onto Neuroplasticity and read the section on chronic pain. Frontal lobe density is significantly reduced in chronic pain sufferers. Also, neuropsychological testing finds impaired frontal lobe function in chronic pain sufferers.
I was born healthy but began to suffer constant pain when I was a toddler. It came on at about the time I had radiotherapy to accelerate the involution of a birthmark on my back. The scar is at the centre of a large atrophic depression in my left paraspinal muscle, the slab of muscle that holds up half my body.
It hurts when I'm upright, using that muscle, and for some time after I lie down. All my life I've been in a lot of pain. Lately I've been lying down for extended periods and enjoying extended periods of painlessness for the first time. I can feel my frontal lobes, how I feel and think, growing. I have an identical twin brother and we're going to have brain mri scans. 14:00, 15 December 2017
If there's meaning to my life, if anything matters, it's what I feel and what others feel. Thoughts, words and even behaviours emerge from feelings.