WolframAlpha

I’ve just spent a few unproductive minutes trying to coax interesting search results out of WolframAlpha about ‘Conspiracy Theory,’ with the only results being the films ‘Conspiracy’ and ‘Conspiracy Theory’1. This hardly seems useful, although it does remind me that I haven’t seen those films…

Notes

  1. According to the WolframAlpha ‘Terms and Conditions’ I must now give you the citations: http://www60.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=conspiracy+theories http://www60.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=what+are+conspiracy+theories%3F http://www60.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=what+is+a+conspiracy+theory%3F http://www60.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=conspiracy+theory

About Matthew Dentith

Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.

2 comments:

    1. Really? Because the website says:

      Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.

      That sounds like it should present usable data from a search-string. In respect to the query ‘What is a Conspiracy Theory?’ it only suggests films, which seems like fairly unpowerful, not particularly clear results.

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