Today’s xkcd

The mouseover text on today’s xkcd says that if you click on the first link in any Wikipedia article that is not in italics or parentheses enough times you will get to the page for “Philosophy”.

So I tried it. I first clicked on the “Random Page” link. Here’s what happened next:

Bhattakufer
Shimla
Renaming of cities in India
British Empire
Dominion
Autonomy
Concept
Cognition
Thought
Consciousness
Panpsychism
Philosophy

So, that’s ten steps between my randomly generated page and the Philosophy page. Not bad.

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One Response to Today’s xkcd

  1. nick c. says:

    I keep trying this. I recently found that Physics was a closed loop that didn’t include philosophy, but usually it works in under 20 steps (and I imagine someone will intentionally tweak the physics loop at some point… someone).

    Michael DeLorenzo
    United States
    Federalism
    Politics
    Group decision making
    Individual
    Person
    Human
    Extant taxon
    Biology
    Science
    Knowledge
    Fact
    Information
    Sequence
    Mathematics
    Quantity
    Property (philosophy)
    Modern philosophy
    Philosophy

    Exactly 20 steps from Michael DeLorenzo. And of course, having someone associated with film and television come up at random for the first step suggests an obvious experiment:

    Kevin Bacon
    Golden Globe Award
    Hollywood Foreign Press Association
    Organization
    Social group
    Social sciences
    List of academic disciplines
    Academia
    Community
    Living
    Life
    Objects
    Physics (uh oh)
    Natural Science
    Science
    Knowledge
    Fact
    Information
    Sequence
    Mathematics
    Quantity
    Property (philosophy)
    Modern philosophy
    Philosophy

    23 steps, if I count correctly

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