reply to post by Korg Trinity
Again, I reiterate- you are missing the implications and meanings of the 6 degrees of separation. It in no way suggests that a terrorist who was on a
CIA watch list is highly likely to have an uncle who is married to a high ranking CIA official's daughter.
It suggests that you have been "in the presence of, been introduced to, know or have some connection to" anyone within 6 degrees of separation.
That in no way suggests "everyone is tied closely by marriage, real friendship, relation or personal interactions" by 6 degrees. In fact, there has
been "very few" studies on this as a whole.
The one you just posted was the exact one I was quoting in my previous post that shows social media has a high percentage of supporting the claim.
But look here. There is enough reason to second guess Microsofts finds, and the controversial fun-study done through FB. As quoted below-
"In 2003, Columbia University conducted the first large-scale replication of Milgram's experiment, in a modern, web-based environment. Their effort
was named the Columbia Small World Project, and included 24,163 e-mail chains, aimed at 18 targets from 13 different countries around the world.
Almost 100,000 people registered, but only 384 (3%) reached the final target."
"Several studies, such as Milgram's small world experiment, have been conducted to empirically measure this connectedness. The phrase "six degrees
of separation" is often used as a synonym for the idea of the "small world" phenomenon.
However, detractors argue that Milgram's experiment did not demonstrate such a link, and the "six degrees" claim has been decried as an
"academic urban myth". Also, the existence of isolated groups of humans, for example the Korubo and other native Brazilian populations,
would tend to invalidate the strictest interpretation of the hypothesis."
"It has been suggested by some commentators that interlocking networks of computer mediated lateral communication could diffuse single messages
to all interested users worldwide as per the 6 degrees of separation principle via Information Routing Groups, which are networks specifically
designed to exploit this principle and lateral diffusion."
To back that up-
Kleinfeld, a professor psychology at Alaska Fairbanks University, went
back to Milgram’s original research notes and found something
surprising. It turned out, she told us, that 95% of the letters sent
out had failed to reach the target. Not only did they fail to get there
in six steps, they failed to get there at all. Milgram was a giant
figure in his world of research, but here was evidence that the claim
he was famously associated with was not supported by his experiments."
"According to the BBC, several researchers apparently did similar studies to Milgram’s, but those studies all had the same problem: In the most
recent, two years ago, only 3% of letters reached their target. “If 95 or 97 letters out of 100 never reached their target, would you say it was
proof of six degrees of separation? So why do we want to believe this?” …”The pleasing idea that we live in a ‘small world’ where people are
connected by ‘six degrees of separation’ may be the academic
equivalent of an urban myth,” she (Kleinfeld) says.
and very importantly-
"But also, there is a difference between what ordinary people mean by a "small world experience" and what mathematicians mean. When we say, "It's
a small world," we are not talking about the chances of connection between two people taken at random. We are talking about the chances of meeting a
person who knows someone from our past. Over a lifetime, these chances are high, especially for educated people who travel in similar networks."
-Judith Kleinfeld Professor of Psychology Alaska Fairbanks University
and- "There are roughly only 29% of people who are, in fact, separated from the rest of the world by only six degrees! " Dr Ivan Misner founder and
chairman of BNI, a professional business networking organization
In other words...studies seem to suggest and show that social networks on computers today have a high % of connection between users. But that is a
very small % compared to the world population, and such connections do not even hint at high profile contact between these people. It simply means
they have met, been introduced, know someone who knows someone who knows someone.
The misconceptions of the 6 degrees of separation have been written about by many credited professionals and even people who worked on the projects
themselves saying computer networks are not reliable sources to test the small world theory.
The largest studies have shown it to be false when applied to people not in the same "network". Meaning, if you are already not in a degree, you
prolly are not 6 apart.