Circular Steps

Jun 10 2011 Published by under Wackaloonacy

A number of folks have been exploring a Wikipedia exercise this week after it was highlighted on xkcd. Click on the first link not in parentheses  in any Wikipedia entry. Keep doing this and eventually, you end up at Philosophy.

A number of inquiring minds have shared their trips through the wikis; to date, everyone ends up at Philosophy. The only variable is the number of clicks.

What happens if you start with Philosophy? How long does it take to get back?


  1. Reason
  2. Rationality
  3. Economics
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Academic Disciplines
  6. Academia
  7. Community
  8. Interaction
  9. Causality
  10. Event (Philosophy)
  11. Property (Philosophy)
  12. Modern Philosophy
  13. Philosophy

And now we know. Have a good weekend; I will be taking some time away from le blogge to enjoy my visiting spouse and watch the sprog play baseball.

5 responses so far

  • Zuska says:

    Oh, that's fun!
    1. Helen Gurley Brown
    2. Author
    3. Academic Authorship
    4. Scientific priority
    5. Science
    6. Natural science
    7. Naturalism (philosopy)
    8. Philosophy

    I knew as soon as I hit academic authorship, philosophy couldn't be far away!

  • HAHAHAH! I started from the Joba Chamberlain wikipedia page, and I did get to Philosophy.

  • Vicki says:

    I started from "Nabro volcano" (because it was the most recent thing I'd looked at in Wikipedia) and after a long wander through vulcanism and materials science, I got into a loop around language, language family, and Indo-European languages.

  • mod.cur says:

    Starting from Glutamic acid you never reach philosophy. You end up in an endless loop from proteinogenic amino acids to amino acids to proteinogenic amino acids... Do I win a prize for being the first to fail?

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