Friday, May 15, 2009

Six Degrees of seperation




Its a really really small world out there isn't it? For those of you who dont agree to it, here's the reason why.
Did you know that every person in this world is at most just six steps away from any other person in this world? Be it a stranger in the United Kingdom or a rocket scientist in the NASA or even Barack Obama, all it takes for you to reach out to them, is to contact at most 5 other people,that too one of whom is a personal acquaintance! Isnt that amazing!This is what the concept of 'six degrees of seperation' is all about.

During my college days, i remember having a discussion on the Will Smith movie 'Six degrees of seperation'. This is when i heard the concept first.Gradually in the events of our discussion, most of us even embarked on the 'Kevin Bacon Game',the goal of the game being to link any actor to Kevin Bacon through no more than six connections, where two actors are connected if they have appeared in a movie together. A very interesting game[especially if played in between boring lecture classes!],but since my vocab with respect to Hollywood films was very minimal then [and even now!], i really failed to find a connection between Amitabh bachan, aamir or SRK to Kevin Bacon [Though a friend of mine very successfully did it!.You dont belive it? Try it.If in doubt, please ask me :)].

Also, apparently, there is this game 'Find Satoshi', where a game company is circulating the picture of a Japanese man called Satoshi and the aim of the game is to - find him! [Obviously..Duh!!]

Well, anyways, moving onto the more important matter. The reason why this post is here. My daily trips to and forth office,in the shuttle,is what i like to call my 'Enlightment time' [:)]. The time of the day where, since i have nothing better to do, i let my mind wander away and recapture or explore its creativity [not that it has too much, but still!].So today, for no particular reason,we[my mind and me] decided to have an iteration of the various faces in my life till date and the result was very very surprising.It's really amazing to realise how small the world has shrunk to. I guess it really takes a lot,in today's world,to lose touch with friends or not to keep in contact with the people around.I have realised that there is no single person i have completely lost touch with.Invariably there is some link around which will take me till there [:)].This is how the topic of 'six degrees of seperation' entered my head and i was very impatient till i reached my seat and researched more on it [;)].

Outcome of research - i have realised that the most complex web, the human web, is the most easiest to be networked and maintained and to be broken too !

Well, end of the day, i guess i am really not freaked off on letting go of people. There is always some link to take me back :).And if not,guess they just arent meant to be found [not my loss :)!].

Right now, i have embarked on finding out my six links to reach the president of United States.Hmmm..or should it be Richard gere..hmmm or Abhishek Bachan..or Suriya..Damn it ! For once i thought i have set my heart on accomplishing something .. and i am still confused !

9 comments:

Nishmi Santosh said...
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Nishmi Santosh said...

hmmm.... Girl... Howz it You and Your Mind, WE?? Isnt your mind YOU???? Well, come on, its ur mind that makes u, YOU!!!!! Confused???? ;) Anyways...
Come to think of it, i know my links to US President!!!!

Me-->Mr. MSR Dev( my uncle, who was our former Prez, A.P.J Abdul Kalam's colleague in ISRO)--> A.P.J Abdul Kalam--->George Bush--->Barack Obama
Yaaahhhoooooooooo.... I know the President of United States Of America!!!!

Deepthi Rajagopal said...

Damn it !! you beat me to it! well Abhishek bachan, suriya and richard gere are still left ! I will find it out before you do :P

Nishmi Santosh said...

i think i have links to the rest of them too... ;)

Rhett said...

Between me and BIG B there is just one degree of separation, so b/w him and you there are two. lol

Deepthi Rajagopal said...

Hi Rhett. Thank you so much for the input. ACtually am more keen on linking the chain to the junior bachan. So i guess all it takes for me till there is 3 links ! :)...

TheGreatOne said...

ok..uhmm..err...how?! SRK to Bacon?
I just couldn't concentrate on the rest of the post! Seriously, how?! :-s

Deepthi Rajagopal said...

Muhahaha.. keep thinking sounak !! :)

Rize said...

oh ..i was fascinated by the picture more than anything else!! :D