Wikipedia: All Roads Lead to ... Philosophy? (Shallow Thoughts)

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Sat, 20 Nov 2021

Wikipedia: All Roads Lead to ... Philosophy?

At a recent LUG meeting, we were talking about various uses for web scraping, and someone brought up a Wikipedia game: start on any page, click on the first real link, then repeat on the page that comes up. The claim is that this chain always gets to Wikipedia's page on Philosophy.

We tried a few rounds, and sure enough, every page we tried did eventually get to Philosophy, usually via languages, which goes to communication, goes to discipline, action, intention, mental, thought, idea, philosophy.

It's a perfect game for a discussion of scraping. It should be an easy exercise to write a scraper to do this, right?

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