apophenia: milgram’s subway experiment

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milgram’s subway experiment

The NYTimes has a revisiting of Milgram’s subway experiment. This is a classic experiment where grad students were told to go onto NY subways and ask passengers to give up their seats. A surprising number of them agreed to do so, but what was shocking was just how traumatic it was on the students to even ask this question, to break the social contract.

Stanley Milgram came up with the experiment that showed each of us (human beings) are removed from each other only slightly over 6 degrees on average. This 6 degrees of separation led to a game titled “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon”. You see, Kevin Bacon has acted in so many movies that there are many fellow actors who have either acted with him directly or are up 6 degrees removed from an actor who has by way of movie association.