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What is Mortartown?

It’s just a space where questions that come up during the day get answered in more depth. When I have a question about the world for example What is it called when rain evaporates before it reaches the ground, I want to know the answer with research to back it up, I want to know who discovered it or named it, I want to know why it’s important to know and who is most likely to look into it. Who are the key researchers and what are the key questions. I want to  be able to get a really good snapshot of the unanswered questions surrounding it.

How are questions set up?

The questions are just things that pop up for me day to day. With each question I attempt to answer why the question matters, who uses this, what is the answer, who invented or found this, what history surrounds this, who are the biggest players in the research, and where can you go for more information.

Can I send in a question?

Absolutely. Send it in via the contact form below.





I think you’re wrong*

That’s ok, possibly I am. Am I going to be wrong on somethings? Undoubtably, I have my areas of specialty and areas of interest but I am not be across everything, nobody is. That’s why I research questions. Occasionally I will be fooled by some misleading research i.e. Does every cell in your body get replaced every seven years, but the more people who look under the bonnet and investigate the less likely false research will be accepted.

*Note: I love Wikipedia and use it many times every day. I also contribute articles if I find something that doesn’t have an article or has missing sources to back it up. I encourage people to do the same. If you disagree on some of the research here, go and add to the Wikipedia article on the topic. Realistically that is where most people will go first when they have an unanswered question day to day. Your time is precious, make sure you are getting enough bang for your buck!

I need an answer quick

If you want a quick answer that is based on other user opinions this is not the place. There is nothing wrong with tapping into the collective internet mind for quick opinions or reviews. There are plenty of places you can get that kind of feedback.

Can’t I just use Wikipedia*?

You sure can. I do all the time. I’m not attempting to be Wikipedia or impartial. Mortartown does not cover every topic, nor does it get it’s facts checked by a large community. It does have personal opinions, stories, and results of mini experiments. That doesn’t mean that the articles are less reliable. Just different. I use more personal stories than wikipedia but I also use more academically sourced resources and references. 

*Note: I love Wikipedia and use it many times every day. I also contribute articles if I find something that doesn’t have an article or has missing sources to back it up. I encourage people to do the same. If you disagree on some of the research here, go and add to the Wikipedia article on the topic. Realistically that is where most people will go first when they have an unanswered question day to day. Your time is precious, make sure you are getting enough bang for your buck!

Why don’t you just link to the research and let the experts do their job?

Where’s the fun in that? 🙂 I find explaining a question helps with my learning. To paraphrase Albert Einstein; If you can’t explain it to a five year old then you don’t understand it. And if you can’t understand what an academic is talking about then you haven’t learnt the lexicon. Both are important when answering a question. I want to understand it. 

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