15 Apr 2012

Journey Through the Wikis

I'm bored.

And you know what?

I'm gonna try something I've never done before! Not drugs!

I'm gonna leap into the featured article of Wikipedia, click an interesting link within that article, and do the same for the subsequent articles, and see where we land up!

Alright, today's featured article is about... the Gal├ípagos tortoise!

Letsa Go! (you just heard this in Mario's voice)

"With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates"
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"This nesting pattern is often combined with traditional taxonomy (as above), in a practice known as evolutionary taxonomy."
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"The Tree of life was slowly being mapped out, with fossil groups taking up their position in the tree as understanding increased."
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"Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) constructed several Trees of Life."
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"Haeckel was the first person known to use the term "First World War"."
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"The League of Nations was formed in the hope of preventing another such conflict."
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"The board also established a system of import certificates and export authorizations for the legal international trade in narcotics."
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"The term "narcotic" is believed to have been coined by the Greek physician Galen to refer to agents that numb or deaden, causing loss of feeling or paralysis."
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"However, Galen states that in around 145 AD his father had a dream in which the god Asclepius (Aesculapius) appeared and commanded Nicon to send his son to study medicine."
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"After Asclepius' death, Zeus placed his body among the stars as the constellation Ophiuchus ("the Serpent Holder")."
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"The constellations of the zodiac have only a loose association with the signs of the zodiac, and do not in general coincide with them."
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"There are many mnemonics for remembering the 12 signs of the zodiac in order"
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"Piphilology is the practice dedicated to creating mnemonics for pi."
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"The mathematician John Horton Conway composed the following arrangement for the first 100 digits."
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"He has also done work in algebra, particularly with quaternions."
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"Quaternions can also be represented as the sum of a scalar and a vector."
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"According to a fundamental theorem of linear algebra, every vector space has a basis."
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"In the context of infinite-dimensional vector spaces over the real or complex numbers, the term Hamel basis (named after Georg Hamel) or algebraic basis can be used to refer to a basis as defined in this article."
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"His adviser of doctoral study was David Hilbert."
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"The words were given in response to the Latin maxim: "Ignoramus et ignorabimus" or "We do not know, we cannot know""
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"He outlined seven "world riddles", of which three, he declared, neither science nor philosophy could ever explain, because they are "transcendent"."
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"In phenomenology, the "transcendent" is that which transcends our own consciousness - that which is objective rather than only a phenomenon of consciousness."
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"Intuition in phenomenology refers to those cases where the intentional object is directly present to the intentionality at play"
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"Every study has found that instead of people's MBTI scores clustering around two opposite poles, such as intuition vs. sensation, with few people scoring in the middle, people's scores actually cluster around the middle of each scale in a bell curve."
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"The normal distributions are a sub-class of the elliptical distributions."
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"Elliptical distributions are important in portfolio theory because, if the returns on all assets available for portfolio formation are jointly elliptically distributed, then all portfolios can be characterized completely by their location and scale "
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"In recent years the basic assumptions of MPT have been widely challenged by fields such as behavioral economics."
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"Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows determination of which brain areas are active during economic decision making."
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Wow you can get really lost in Wikipedia! I've wormed my way through biology, history, mythology, maths, economics and psychology in this run! Yet somehow I've never gotten anywhere near any sexually related articles. Weird.

Maybe if I went for another hour I'll eventually reach there...