The Wikipedia challenge

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The Wikipedia challenge

In this challenge, you should choose a random word or topic that could be an entry in the English version of Wikipedia. Then you should enter that into the Wikipedia search bar. In the page you get to you should click on the first link in the actual article. If the link is to a page you have already followed,  use the next link instead. Count how many pages you need to traverse before you get to the article on Philosophy.

Link to Wikipedia

I started with “rose”.  This is my “travel”.

  1. Rose
  2. Perennial
  3. Plant
  4. Eukaryote
  5. Domain (biology)
  6. Biology
  7. Life
  8. Matter
  9. Classical physics
  10. Physics
  11. Natural science
  12. Branches of science
  13. Science
  14. Scientific method
  15. Empirical evidence
  16. Proposition
  17. Philosophy of language
  18. Analytic philosophy
  19. Contemporary philosophy
  20. Western philosophy

That required 20 clicks. Let us try something different. Say hockey.

  1. Hockey
  2. Bladed
  3. Ice Skates
  4. Ice
  5. Water
  6. Inorganic compound
  7. Chemistry
  8. Matter

… and then we are back to the same sequence of pages as above.

In mathematics, we say that the word Philosophy is an attractor.

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