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Everything Leads Down The Same Rabbit Hole

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Chesterton, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Chesterton

    Chesterton Whats So Funny bout Peace Love and Understanding Supporter

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    I recently heard someone say that no matter what Wikipedia entry you're reading, if you click on the first non-italicized link in the page, and do that on the next page, and so on, you always wind up at philosophy (but skipping links which merely refer to the root language of the entry word). Thought I'd give it a try on a couple of random things. Here are the results:

    Initial Entry: Potato
    Root Vegetable
    Food
    Nutrient
    Chemical Substance
    Matter
    Classical Physics
    Paradigm Shift
    Thomas Kuhn
    Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy (!)

    Initial Entry: Battle of The Bulge
    Offensive
    Military Operation
    Military Actions
    State
    Polity
    Collective Identity
    Belongingness
    Emotion
    Biology
    Natural Science
    Branches of Science
    Science
    Knowledge (which is part of Wiki's series on, you guessed it, Philosophy!)

    So it worked for the first two things I tried. I certainly can't vouch that it always works, but it's interesting. I guess looked at one way, it's just common sense that this would happen, but still, this little game seems to tell us that nobody really knows anything. :)
     
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  2. FenderTL5

    FenderTL5 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Or perhaps it's merely the wikipedia version of 'Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon'
     
  3. durangodawood

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    Mountain bike
    Bicycle
    Human-powered transport
    Transport
    Motion
    Physics
    Natural science
    Branches of science
    Science
    Knowledge (Part of a series on Philosophy)
     
  4. FrumiousBandersnatch

    FrumiousBandersnatch Well-Known Member

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    You also have to ignore non-italicised links in parentheses.
     
  5. Chesterton

    Chesterton Whats So Funny bout Peace Love and Understanding Supporter

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    Hmm, I wonder why that is. I didn't come across one of those.

    But when the first link was a language reference like "Latin" or "Greek", it got me stuck in a loop that goes like this:

    Latin - Classical Language - Language - Grammar - Linguistics - Science - Latin

    So since "Latin" is the first link in the entry for "Science", we can definitively conclude that Science does not lead to Philosophy. ;)
     
  6. Chesterton

    Chesterton Whats So Funny bout Peace Love and Understanding Supporter

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    Marty Feldman
    Comedian
    Entertainment
    Interest (emotion)
    Emotion
    Biology
    Natural science
    Branches of science
    Science
    Knowledge
     
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