The degrees of separation describe the closeness of people. Every person, someone knows personally, equals 1 degree. The friend of a friend is two degrees away. In today’s interconnected world the maximal distance of everyone on the planet with everyone else is a maximum of 6 degrees, be it via friends, acquaintances, family etc. The theory is based on Stanley Milgram’s small world phenonemom describing social networks.
This work describes the degrees of separation between George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden. Taking into account the huge social networking both of them conducted it is more likely that there were far less than 6 degrees apart, much more like the friend of a friend….
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