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Six degrees of separation (also referred to as the "Human Web") refers to the idea that everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.
A Facebook platform application named "Six Degrees" was developed by Karl Bunyan, which calculates the degrees of separation between different people. It had over 5.8 million users, as seen from the group's page. The average separation for all users of the application is 5.73 degrees, whereas the maximum degree of separation is 12. The application has a "Search for Connections" window to input any name of a Facebook user, to which it then shows the chain of connections. In June 2009, Bunyan shut down the application, presumably due to issues with Facebook's caching policy; specifically, the policy prohibited the storing of friend lists for more than 24 hours, which would have made the application inaccurate.. A new version of the application became available at Six Degrees after Karl Bunyan gave permission to a group of developers lead by Todd Chaffee to re-develop the application based on Facebook's revised policy on caching data. The initial version of the application was built at a Facebook Developers Garage London hackathon with Mark Zuckerberg in attendance.
Along the same lines was the group "Six Degrees of Separation - The Experiment", which instructed new members to invite six people on their friend list, and is cited in a report about the theory. The group however, had no way to check if everyone is actually within six degrees of each other, and has since been deleted. However, a newer group with the same name revived the intent of the deleted group.
While I'd agree that "knowing" someone (in the non-Biblical sense) is a fairly abstract term, you and I are conversing on ATS (1); I have a friend (2) who was in a film with an actress (3) who was in a movie with Tom Cruise (4).
Originally posted by Death_Kron
If the theory accepts this then I would agree it becomes a lot easier to believe although I'd still find it hard to connect me to Tom Cruise for example or some African tribal member, especially in a chain of only 6 people, you get my drift?
With half-friends like you, who needs enemies?
Originally posted by getreadyalready
Got it with Excel, it is 43.5 unique friends each!
Knowledge becomes a bit more nebulous, but sure, you could make that argument. I believe that knowledge can die out, or be forgotten. Certainly I personally know people who know how to forge a blade, or butcher a chicken, or juggle broken bottles, or read Latin, or build a nuclear device. Knowing them doesn't give me their skills and experiences though, but it puts a potentiality there that I could learn from them if I committed myself to that task.
Originally posted by Death_Kron
So, taking the global consciousness project into the equation, could it may be a possibilty (maybe a long shot) that if we are only 6 links away from anyone in the world that we do in fact share some sort of knowledge between us, even if done so unwittingly?