Tribe

An interesting wikipedia clade: “Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article that isn’t in parentheses or italic, and then repeat, you will eventually end up in “Philosophy”. from the mouseover text of http://xkcd.com/903/ which the picture for I can’t post for some reason. I find this fascinating and think it must have deep implications. Although I would like to point out that from philosophy the chain goes to reality to existence to world to human to hominini to tribe to biology to natural science before reentering the main loop experienced with all the other articles tested. I personally find human, reality, and especially tribe the most interesting of these links (although to be fair it was “Tribe (Biology)” not tribes of people. But tribe for biology emanates from our original conception of the word tribe.

Tested articles as follows:

10 steps from indefinite and fictitious numbers

17 steps from hebrew bible (which i accidentally clicked on instead of the first link in the above page (3rd link))

Supreme Court of Judicature Act 1873 (random page)
9 to contemporary philosophy
30 to philosophy

chicago police department 21 (random page)

The end of the chain or central loop you usually run into is thus

science to knowledge to fact to experience to experiment to hypothesis to explanation to set(mathematics) to mathematics to quantity to property (philosophy) to logic to reasoning to consciousness to quality (philosophy) to philosophy

Which “natural science” (which philosophy itself runs into above, remember) connects directly to science thus closing the 24 member loop at the center of wikipedia (unless i miscounted) (and thus the sum total of all human knowledge (oops strange loop))

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