Wikipedia can feed your Curiosity

By Nic LazSaturday, Jun 15, 2019

At some point you probably have landed on Wikipedia whilst feeding your curiosity with an internet search. It’s minimalist white design and citable editions of information is what most people will probably know about the project, but there is more to it as it is:
The 5th most popular website on the Internet
Owned by a nonprofit (Wikimedia Foundation)
Contains over 40 million articles in 299 different languages

 

Enough content to feed your curiosity about any subject for years to come. If only you use it effectively – as such here is our quick guide on how to use Wikipedia to feed your Curiosity.

 

1) Randomise
The most powerful curiosity button within the whole platform : Random Article
You can find this button on the left hand side of all pages within Wikipedia, or you can paste the below URL into your browser, or make it your homepage. Something new with every click.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random

 

2) App it up
If you use a mobile device consider installing the free application, for two reasons. It is quicker and produces more complete answers than using a web-browser. Secondly the app has a handy widget which allows you to see the ‘article of the day’ in one tap – there hasn’t been a day I haven’t been surprised by what I find.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipedia_mobile_applications

 

3) Homepage the Homepage
If you navigate the internet from a computer, consider making your Homepage the wikipedia homepage of your language. It shows the featured article of the day, a feature picture of the day, a synthesis of recent news items, a ‘did you know’ and a ‘on this day’ sections. This makes this one page filled with lots of Curious information and curiosity-enticing articles the first thing you view upon surfing the internet. Leading you to learn something everyday.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

 

4) Explore all the See Also options
At the end of some of the more complete pages, before the References, is a section titled ‘See Also’. These are links to pages within Wikipedia that have been connected to what you are reading – opening one of these links can start a ‘tumbling down the rabbit hole’ moment of exploration of concepts and ideas you may have not known about a subject of interest.

 

5) Explore the Portals of knowledge
A powerful way to learn more about an entire subject or category of knowledge is to explore its associated Portal – i.e. Philosophy and thinking, People and self, Society and social sciences, etc. With this approach you can begin at the basics or research just the things that entice your curiosity within a model of understanding of how things are related within fields.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Contents
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Contents/Portals

 

6) Explore the Sister projects
The Wikimedia Foundation does some other amazing projects, anyone of which can certainly stimulate your curiosity for learning and understanding.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikimedia_sister_projects

 

 

Don’t like the minimalist white design of Wikipedia? Try www.wikiwand.com

 

 

Happy navigating this ocean of knowledge seeking to satiate your curiosity, and whatever you may find can always be brought to a Tables of Ten or explored in a Cluster of Fascination within TENCLUB.

 

 

You are invited to propose such explorations.