OP Recommends: A Piece About How All Rivers Lead to Philosophy on Wikipedia

River, by Brandom Lam, Creative Commons via Pixabay

In ‘All Wikipedia Roads Lead to Philosophy, but Some of Them Go Through Southeast Europe First‘, Nathan Collins writes about a University of Vermont study on how knowledge is structured on Wikipedia, following the observation by webcomic xkcd that following hyperlinks in this giant e-encyclopedia seem to lead almost inevitably to the Philosophy page.

Makes sense to me. The ‘major organizing principle’ for the world’s largest online forum for sharing knowledge turns out to be philosophy, literally the ‘love of wisdom’?

Surprise surprise!

An enjoyable read.

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Sources and inspiration:

Collins, Nathan. ‘All Wikipedia Roads Lead to Philosophy, but Some of Them Go Through Southeast Europe First‘, Pacific Standard, May 2016.

xkcd: A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language

 

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