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Here's something you'll find incredibly interesting if you don't already know about it.

Take any article on Wikipedia. Any article.

Then follow these instructions:

\(1)\) Click on the first link on that article text not in parentheses [brackets] and/or italics.

\(2)\) Repeat step \(1\)

You'll eventually end up in Philosophy.

This is however not full-proof. As of May 26, 2011, this happens with 94.52% of all articles on Wikipedia. The rest of them either link to pages with no other links or lead to pages that do not exist. Some of them get stuck in loops.

As an example, I started with 'Asian Cuisine' and eventually got to Philosophy.

\(\text{Asian Cuisine} \rightarrow \text{History of China} \rightarrow\text{Yellow River}\)\(\rightarrow \text{River} \rightarrow\text{Watercourse} \rightarrow\text{Water} \rightarrow\text{Chemical Compound}\)\(\rightarrow \text{Chemical substance}\rightarrow \text{Chemistry} \rightarrow\text{Outline of Physical Science}\)\( \rightarrow\text{Physics} \rightarrow\text{Natural Science} \rightarrow\text{Science} \rightarrow\text{Knowledge} \rightarrow\text{Fact}\)\( \rightarrow\text{Proof} \rightarrow\text{Necessity and Sufficiency} \rightarrow\text{Logic}\rightarrow \text{Reason}\rightarrow\)\( \text{Consciousness} \rightarrow\text{Quality} \rightarrow\text{Philosophy}\)

I came to know of this awesome fact from xkcd.


And the picture is taken from Wikipedia itself!

Note by Mursalin Habib
3 years, 1 month ago

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Compare with the Collatz Conjecture :) Ishan Singh · 3 years, 1 month ago

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MIND = BLOWN Yan Yau Cheng · 3 years, 1 month ago

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That is awesome. Finn Hulse · 3 years, 1 month ago

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What happens when you continue after Philosophy ? Abhishek Sinha · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Abhishek Sinha You probably just wind up back at Philosophy. Finn Hulse · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Abhishek Sinha Finn is right. I checked. Mursalin Habib · 3 years, 1 month ago

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Awesome! Akshay Bodhare · 2 years, 6 months ago

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this is awesome mind blowing Rahul Kharbanda · 1 year, 10 months ago

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Really an amazing truth Kalpok Guha · 2 years, 6 months ago

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I opened an article on Wikipedia about Wikipedia(LOL) and started: \[\text{Wikipedia}\rightarrow \text{Gratis}\rightarrow\text{Remuneration}\rightarrow\text{Compensation(Wikitionary)}\rightarrow\text{Old French}\\ \rightarrow\text{Gallo-Romance Languages}\rightarrow\text{Romance Languages}\rightarrow\text{Vulgar Latin}\rightarrow\text{Sociolinguistics}\\ \rightarrow\text{Society}\rightarrow\text{Human}\rightarrow\text{Hominini}\rightarrow\text{Tribe(Biology)}\\ \rightarrow\text{Biology}\rightarrow\text{Natural Science}\rightarrow\text{Science}\rightarrow\text{Knowledge}\\ \rightarrow\text{Awareness}\rightarrow\text{Consciousness}\rightarrow\text{Quality(Philosophy)}\rightarrow\boxed{\text{Philosophy}}\] Abdur Rehman Zahid · 2 years, 6 months ago

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Is there any reason behind this? Ritu Roy · 3 years, 1 month ago

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sprb!!!!!! (Y) Adarsh Singh · 3 years, 1 month ago

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Reached Philosophy from Fifa Football World Cup Daksh Walia · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Daksh Walia reached from prime Math Man · 2 years, 10 months ago

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till ''logic'' , its different for many, Logic comes up for all that i tried and from there its same.. Pradeep Ch · 3 years, 1 month ago

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Nice! Avineil Jain · 3 years, 1 month ago

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e(mathematical constant) to Philosophy..........And the last few steps( starting from Science ) were exactly the same as Mursalin's! Tan Li Xuan · 3 years, 1 month ago

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What strikes me about this is the fact that one could try this thing with any link of Wikipedia, not just the first one, and as the next page is an article in itself, there always remains a statistical probability of ending up in 'Philosophy' if one is willing to carry on indefinitely. However, the chance is incredibly small and it would take a hell lot of time to reach the destination. Arko Bhaumik · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Arko Bhaumik What are you trying to say can be formalized by using a simple probabilistic machinary called Markov Chain. In fact it is a very special Markov Chain called random walks over graphs (whose nodes are the set of all wiki pages and there is an edge between node a to node b if the page a contains a hyperlink to page b). Given sufficient "niceness" property on the underlying graph, you can even derive expected time to revisit a certain page etc and surprisingly this quantity is dictated by another graphical property called "equivalent resistance" of the graph (mathematically the same thing that you study in electrical networks). Abhishek Sinha · 3 years, 1 month ago

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Srsly! From Natural Science even mine is the SAME as yours! I started with D-day naval deceptions :D Shreya R · 3 years, 1 month ago

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Seriously awesome man....! Milind Prabhu · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Thaddeus Abiy http://xefer.com/wikipedia Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay Can you make me understand .What is it?I tried Hard but failed...thank you Archiet Dev · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Archiet Dev Read the main post. It says that any wikipedia article is indirectly or directly linked to Philosophy Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay But what about the link.I typed Something there & it formed like a diagram Archiet Dev · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Archiet Dev Hmm, it is the chain of articles or rather the path you've to follow from a given article to Philosophy Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay Thanks... Archiet Dev · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Archiet Dev press the random button @Archiet Dev! Ameya Salankar · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay This is awesome! Mursalin Habib · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay What is the comment that you've deleted? Tell me about it Krishna Ar · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Krishna Ar It was someone else's comment. He wanted the python code which is being run in the gif that the OP provided Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay O! Krishna Ar · 3 years, 1 month ago

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I made it fro Google to Philosophy. Sharky Kesa · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Sharky Kesa from Richard Rusczyk to Philisophy David Lee · 3 years, 1 month ago

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