My reading, which is often of a curious nature, recently brought me to a discussion of mazes as opposed to labyrinths. Now a maze, for those who spend time with such things, is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage through which the solver must find a route. This varies from a labyrinth in which has a single through-route with twists and turns but without branches. Technically a labyrinth will have one path to the center and one path which takes you back out of the labyrinth. Mazes are used to induce stress in lab rats and mice to see how they respond under various stresses while the labyrinth is reserved for meditation or as a metaphorical pilgrimage to the holy land.
Thinking of these similar structures, now identical in common uses, got me thinking about how we use search engines. Is our search for knowledge a maze only inducing stress or a labyrinth, a journey toward greater wisdom. Perhaps the journey is in the eyes of the beholder.