Friday, August 07, 2009

Six Degrees of Seperation

Any two individuals are connected by at most five others.

True or false?

Taken from a global perspective and how large that population is, it would seem mathematically impossible. The theory of six degrees of separation has been put to the test and the results are rather consistent. It's a bit staggering to wrap one's head around this concept, so to speak.

And yet today, while seeing a chiropractor that I've never seen before (I went to her because a good friend of mine raved about her), we were idly chatting about ourselves. I was trying to explain to her that I was continuing the work that a dear friend of mine started, and who recently passed away, by creating a non-profit foundation for the visual arts within our community. I thought I was going to have to explain at length who she was. I mentioned her name (Delma Petrullo) and she immediately knew who she was. She lives next door her.

Now, what are the odds of that?

Six degrees of seperation. Start taking note of how often that really happens in your life.

Kinda eerie but cool.

Oh. I forgot to explain the image. It's a macro shot of an old metal wall at the Albuquerque Railyard. This shot was taken in the same location that the graffiti cat was in the previous post.

In case you were wondering.

1 comment:

Leau said...

Dave had a wreck 2 weeks ago, rear ended by a drunk, totaled his truck...this week he bought a new truck from the original owner. Yesterday morning on the bus, I was listening to a guy describe the truck he just sold...it was Dave's new truck! I think there aren't even 6 degrees in New Mexico...

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