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October 10, 2012

Which one do you prefer? A president who can sometimes act like one of us sincerely or someone who is generally unsympathetic and serious!

This question appeared in my mind when I was watching a Talk Show on CNN in which the current US President Barack Obama participated as a guest. In the middle of the program, the speaker suddenly asked the president whether or not he occasionally homebrews in White House. The answer to this question from Obama was 'Yes' in a very sincere way. While everybody was enjoying the second question appeared as follow: 'So, do you have a licence for it?' At the end of the conversation the show ended with loud laughters of the audience. 

The most important and interesting part of this story for me is that even if you are president of a country (we are talking here about US) you can drink beer with people and even homebrew in White House. Although you can not homebrew in White House, at least people can ask you whether you do or not. 

Therefore, I really like the attitude of Barak Obama in a talk show On Air. It reminded me that we are all human beings. As a conclusion, I prefer a president who can sometimes behave like one of us. 

And what do you prefer?

Thanks for reading,


October 4, 2012

According to a study demonstrated by Stanley Milgram in 1967, human society is a small-world-type network characterized by short path-lengths. Milgram's experiment depends on the probability that two randomly selected people would know each other. He imagined the population as a social network and attempt to find the average path lenght between any two nodes. Therefore, the experiment had been designed to measure these path lengths by developing a procedure to count the number of ties between any two people. 

Apart from all the details, he came with a conclusion that the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and hence, poeple in the world are amazingly connected to each other within a type of chain. Additionally, the average path lenght fell around five and a half or six. Thus, at the end it is concluded that people are separated by about six people on average. 

I strongly think that this experiment is a stunning example for today's social networks on internet. I highly recommend you to study it. For more information you can easily google it as Stanley Milgram Small World Problem. I believe that it will help you to improve the knowledge of English as well as intellectuel point of view. I should mention that for me it is tremendously interesting and important. I am also looking forward to hearing from you guys. I mean, your comments concerning this experiment. I felt that it is worth sharing here.

Best regards,