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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    interesting. just read the post and dig it much. I like thinking about this team of humans getting tighter. As you put it together, did you see/hear anything about how this evaluation from 6 to 3.9 is driven or effected by the increased connectivity of the web and its networks? or was the math done in the 20s just to conservative? anyhow, curious. and grateful for you putting this into my brain.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Agreed. It's really interesting to see how the theory of the six degrees of separation evolved- and that there are stats behind it: "American sociologist Stanley Milgram created a way to test the theory in 1967. In what he called the “small world problem” he randomly selected individuals in the Midwest to send a package to someone in Massachusetts. The selected senders were only told the person’s name, occupation, and general location. In order to get the package to the person, they had to send it to the person they most likely believed could get it to the final recipient. The person who the package was handed off to was supposed to do the same, and so on, until it reached the target. Milgram’s experiment showed the number of intermediary connections ranged between two and ten, with five and six being the most common. These findings were published and thus the phrase “six degrees of separation” was born."

      • Ben Goldhirsh

        hah. I love this. thanks for the explanation.