Statistics Saturday: Getting To Philosophy From Pettipants Via Wikipedia


It is alleged that if one follows the first link in a Wikipedia article, and the first link in that next article, and so on, one eventually gets to Philosophy. Here it is attempted from the starting point of “pettipants”, which Wikipedia claims is a thing that really exists. They surely wouldn’t be fibbing about a thing like that, would they? On the other hand they also claim Helena is the capital of Montana, when in fact Montana has no capital. So who knows?

  1. Pettipants
  2. Lingerie
  3. Undergarment
  4. Clothing
  5. Human (as “Human Beings”)
  6. Homo Sapiens
  7. Latin
  8. Classical language (which explains “a classical language is a language with a literature that is classical”, so I’m glad we have that sorted out)
  9. Literature
  10. Literariness (skipping ‘cultura’ as that’s just a link within the same page)
  11. Language
  12. Communication
  13. Intention (as Purposeful)
  14. Mind (as Mental)
  15. Consciousness
  16. Quality (Philosophy)
  17. Philosophy

I have not the slightest idea how I got to Pettipants in the first place, even if they were anything that ever existed, which they don’t.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

6 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: Getting To Philosophy From Pettipants Via Wikipedia”

  1. After many years with a wonderful and taented mathematician and his friends (topology, functional analysis), I’ve discovered that exactly this always happens- no matter where you start- dinner, drinks, theater, walk on sunday, visit with friends, the result is always the same. “a bunch of happy boys solving equations-Feinman” More power to you all.

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      1. Well, I must admit, you have a good point there. I’m going to go off and experiment with this later. I wonder if I can really go from something like walnuts or emperor penguins and end up at philosophy. Sounds like something to bring a little bit of light into an otherwise dreary working day..

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