On Wikipedia, All Roads Lead To PhilosophyPosted: July 22, 2011
Today’s post is not another example of the high brow literature that you expect here at Blurt. Today, I am going for my own internet meme, the type of thing that you might receive in an email that has been forwarded 75 times by the time it gets to you. Today we’re talking Wikipedia and Philosophy.
Did you know that everything on Wikipedia connects to the Wikipedia page for philosophy? My son recently told me about this and I spent far too much time awed by it. It is time for me to pass it on to you. It is Friday, you’re at work, you need something to take up your time until the weekend.
Here’s How This Works
Go to the Wikipedia site and search any word. When the page for that word comes up, click the first link on that page. An important point here – click on the first word in the definition, not on pronunciations etc. Do the same for each succeeding page until you reach philosophy.
Let’s do one together shall we?
Go to the Wikipedia page.
Cup = Philosophy
For this example, we’ll search on the word cup. Type cup in the search box and hit enter. When you get to the cup page, click the first link which is drinkware.
On the drinkware page, click the first link – beverages.
When you get to the beverage page it gets tricky. Don’t click on the links in italics or in the administrative stuff about improving the entry. Click on liquid, the first link in the actual definition.
On the liquid page, again, click on the first link in the definition, not on the italicized link for disambiguation. Click on states of matter.
On the state of matter page, click phases.
Let’s speed this up. After clicking phases, if you keep clicking that first link in the definition you will land on the following pages: phase, physical sciences, natural science, science, knowledge, facts, information, sequence, mathematics, quantity, property, modern philosophy and…..philosophy.
So there you have it, my contribution to lowering your productivity today. Try it with your own words. All day.