Every Wikipedia Article Leads to Philosophy

Alexandra Bremers
December 22nd 2015

Who doesn't know the Wikipedia races? Using links to travel from one Wikipedia page to another to reach a destination page before the other participants. But there is an interesting phenomenon about them.
"Clicking on the first lowercase link in the main text of a Wikipedia article, and then repeating the process for subsequent articles, usually eventually gets one to the Philosophy article".

According to the Wikipedia page 'Wikipedia: Getting to Philosophy', more than 94% of all articles will eventually lead to the English article "Philosophy" with an average chain length of 23 clicks. A theory that could explain this phenomenon would be that the first link of a page tends to take the reader to a broader and more abstract topic, which will after a number of rounds lead to Philosophy. When this page is reached, continuation of the process takes the reader into a loop of philosophy - reality - actually exist - ontology - philosophical and back to Philosophy.

What it's interesting about this, is that Wikipedia could be seen as a system composed by many different authors, and different bits and pieces without a very specific source. The entire Wikipedia world could be seen as having some kind of autonomy, yet still the theory of Philosophy being the mother of all sciences applies.

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