pollywog wrote:I want to learn this smile, perfect it, and then go around smiling at lesbians and freaking them out.Wikihow wrote:* Smile a lot! Give a gay girl a knowing "Hey, I'm a lesbian too!" smile.
Schadenfreude wrote:soytsauce wrote:jodokast34 wrote:It's not true. Check out the infinite loop between "Puppet" and "Puppeteer", one that I found on my second random article search. Did Randall not check or is it a meta-joke?
I fixed it.
Damnit, it's pointless edits like this that are bad for wikipedia's credibility. Please stop. Wikipedia is not TV tropes. You're just making random edits so it'll comply with a throwaway joke from a friggin' comic.
phlip wrote:Well, that doesn't mean much... you may as well say that "Reason links to Rationality, which links to Philosophy, which links back to Reason; therefore Philosophy is 'further down' the chain". Any one of the three in the loop could be reasonably referred to as the "base" entry. And I think philosophy makes sense - the first link on a specific thing is usually a general thing ("The '''Wikipedia First Link Game''' is a [[stupid game]] that [...]"), then the first link on that general thing is often a general class of things, for the same reason, and then the first link there is often even more general, and so on. Sure, there are exceptions, but you eventually end up on pages for general classes of things, and then the concept of creating classes of things, and eventually the concept of things and/or concepts, which is going to be a branch of Philosophy.
metalana wrote:Special:Random > Sindh > Sindhi_language > Urdu > Register_(sociolinguistics) > Linguistics > Human > Taxonomy > Ancient_Greek > Language_family > Language > Communication > Meaning_(philosophy_of_language) > Aristotle > Greeks > Greek_language > Indo-European_languages > Language_family and now we loop.
Fixblor wrote:Also, this thread is smoking ...
Taymon wrote:A comment on the comic itself (as opposed to the alt-text): Did anyone else, upon reading this, immediately think of the implications for artificial intelligence? Everything that, say, a chatbot would need to know about the universe is right there.
I was probably inspired by a short story in Cory Doctorow's With a Little Help, which I'm currently reading in installments, courtesy of DailyLit.
dwa wrote:So, um... Masturbation leads to a loop.
Bring on the puns.
philip1201 wrote:Phlip: No, it wasn't, the first shot was to remove the link "modern philosophy", three minutes after this comic was released (00:03 GMT May 22nd). "Mathematics" was added later.
Central nervous system
Seat of local government
Stanford Web Credibility Project
Draco18s wrote:...I have just wasted 20 minutes trying to find a counterexample which is not a loop.
benwr wrote:Well, it worked with "Coprophagia," the first sufficiently-random thing that popped into my head. Rigorous enough for me.
Samik wrote:Yeah, right
Eternal Density wrote:In reverse order:
Hmm, Philosophy -> Reason -> Rationality -> Philosophy
We should totally make an application which scrapes all the first links in all wikipedia articles and finds all the loops and then determines what percentage of articles are directed to each loop. For science. And so we know how correct/incorrect Randall is.
Scuttleduck wrote:I was on the page for "Oral History," which linked to "Oral History Society" and then back to "Oral History." I checked it again, and it has been edited so the first link is "Information." Randall Munroe's mindless lackeys are on a crusade to do his bidding!