From the day I met Geoffrey Rush at a protest against the development of our local train station I began to calculate how and how many celebrities I “knew”.
I know Geoffery Rush who knows Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Carribean), who knows — (Lord of the Rings), who knows — so technically I know Daniel Rdacliffe!!! (girly scream goes here)
I was twelve or something, I wanted to marry Daniel Radcliffe.
And I never even knew about the Kevin Bacon game. An online game that links Kevin Bacon to any celebrity you can think of in the minimum number of steps
The Flipped Lecture on Six Degrees of Separation raised one imortant question for me… Whilst some of the packages did succeed in getting to their destinations, and the average number of steps was in fact six, how much easier would it gave been if participants could have simply looked up the professor on the internet?
It would have been done in one, maybe two steps.
So, the lecture succeeded in highlighting the interconnectedness of the world without the internet, but this in turn reinforced the alternate nature of connectivity that we have over the Internet. Computer users, people living in Western society, are almost all noted somewhere on the internet. From allumni lists to family trees, almost everyone can be found.
Furthermore, the video revealed aother one of those links between science and nature that we are finding more and more often. The Golden Ratio. The Silver Ratio. The Science of Chaos. And, an average of six steps to connect any one person to another. Finding concrete mathematical patterns in what some see as the uncontrollable, chaotic nature of life is amazing and really impacts on the way I view the world. Things that many beleive to be random, things that we would never assume are linked. Even in the awkward motions of life there are things that can be calculated, patterns and networks that develop.