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The Science of Six Degrees of Separation

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  • Published on Aug 25, 2015

  • Are all people on Earth really connected through just six steps? SEND ME AN EMAIL: 1. Do not send it directly to me unless you know me. 2. Send the email to someone you have met IN PERSON and know on a first name basis AND THEY KNOW YOU. 3. Make the subject line 'Six Degrees of Veritasium' 4. Explain that you're trying to get this email to me and ask them to forward it on to me (only if they know me IRL) or someone they know who might know me. 5. If your email reaches me by Sept. 1, 2015 I will email you back and ask for your address so I can send you a postcard. Animations in this video by The Lyosacks: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLyosacks There are some great books on this topic: Duncan Watts, Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Linkds: How Everything is Connected to Everything Else And here are articles I referred to: Milgram's small world experiment: http://www.uvm.edu/~pdodds/files/pape... http://snap.stanford.edu/class/cs224w... Granovetter, Strength of Weak Ties: https://sociology.stanford.edu/sites/...
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  • I have exactly 44 less than 44 friends

  • "Imagine you have 44 friends"

  • The looks you are getting from those people is like the highlight of the video

  • This six degrees of separation becomes even more interesting when you add an element of time to it. Say for example, how many degrees are there between you and a historical figure? Obviously the further back in time the figure you are wanting to connect with the greater the number of degrees of separation. This can make it really interesting to know old people who have themselves known old people in their younger days. You may not get to experience history first hand but even so second and third hand may provide a greater degree of insight than you would get from newspapers or even history books. In my case, perhaps two decades ago now I spent some time with a man in his eighties who as a child had spent time with an older figure, allowing me to time travel a century and a half.

  • You guys can stop emailing me now.

  • "imagine you have 44 friends"

  • I love the "why is this foreigner talking to himself in a market" looks everyone gave you.

  • So when waging war on the other side of the world, we're killing people that are only 6 degrees of separation apart from us... kinda gives "the enemy" a familiar face..

  • That fully explains the thing on steam:

  • This reminds me of that guy who started with a red pen and via trading he ended up with a house

  • I wonder how many late emails he gets now

  • He had me at "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"

  • Since this is from last year it's possibly buried somewhere in the comments but....I'm curious how many postcards were sent.

  • Reminds me of the wikipedia game, in which you try to get from one article to another, completely unrelated article in as few clicks as possible, just using hyperlinks. Good fun if you're ever feeling exceptionally bored

  • I am Armenian and I live in Moscow, Russia. (just so you have an idea of how little I have to do with US) Couple months ago my father invited one of his business acquantances to our house as a guest. We soon found out that the daughter of that man is married to.. Jim Carrey. To say that I was absolutely blown away is to say nothing :) here sits a man in front of me that is at this point a father to one of the greatest actors of our day and a star of my childhood

  • When I was in college I worked as a legal assistant. The secretary's name was Tina. Her husband is Joe Pesci's cousin, and they would always see him at family events. Joe worked with Ralph Macchio. Ralph worked with Kevin Bacon. So my Bacon line is Me-Tina-Joe-Ralph-Kevin ... that's 3 people between.

  • So, did anybody actually do it and received a postcard?

  • I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows...

  • is there a follow up video about how the experiment went?

  • reminds me of a challenge I saw a while back: