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Have an Existential Question? Tweet It

Have a profound question that weighs on you day and night? Or even a trivial one? Enter the Twisdom Project. Created by TED Fellows Lucianne Walkowicz, David Gurman and developer Sundev Lohr, the project is a Twitter game/existential help line looking for some crowd-sourced wisdom. Anyone can ask a question or answer one with the hashtags #twisdom, #question or #answer. The creators encourage all types of answers from facts to quotes to pictures, especially if the answer helps the asker to “find the answer themselves.”

Lately, there has been much discussion about whether or not Twitter can be credited for breaking news, like the death of Whitney Houston. I tend to fall on the “yes” side of this discussion—and just like how sources can go direct with breaking news, so can philosophers (or laypersons) with wisdom. And sure, 140 characters may not be the best medium for drawn-out philosophical argument, but it sure is possible to fit nuggets of wisdom into those tweets. American philosopher Thomas V. Morris even wrote a book on the subject, delving into topics like character, reality, love, courage, silence, uncertainty and logic.

So have any new bits of knowledge arisen from the Twisdom Project? One of my favorite questions has been from @paulABACUS who asked:

#twisdom can any data be interpreted to make any argument? #question

To which @DavidGurman replied:

@m_icahsilver: @paulABACUS can any language qualifying as an ‘argument’ be quantified as data? #twisdom #answer

What do you think? Can wisdom be crowd-sourced? Would you ask the Twitterverse your existential concerns?

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