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ABC News Primetime Basic Instincts 2: The Human Chain

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  • Producers: Produced by ABC News
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: ABC News
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000VHRAT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,097 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Primetime: Basic Instincts brings some of most well known intellectual theories and psychological experiments to life for the first time to test people's innate decision making process. This limited series looks at everyday problems from weight loss to examining how small the world is, how closely connected we all are, what people are willing to do simply because someone in authority tells them to. This five-part series features reports from John Quinones, Jay Schadler and Chris Cuomo, and finds that what people say they would do in a given situation is quite different than what they actually do.

This second installment looks at how small the world can really be. The hour takes on an intellectual experiment that had previously only been tried with letters and emails, and for the first time tries it with cameras and in real time with real people.

It's one thing to say it's a small world but quite another to prove it. A socialite, a businessman, a boxer from the inner city and a Broadway dancer - four people with completely different lives connected by nothing - accept Primetime's six degrees of separation challenge. The program explores whether these total strangers can be linked to one another through a human chain of friends and acquaintances across the biggest social, racial and geographic barriers. Will everyone complete the mission in six degrees or less? Who will connect in the fewest steps? What will they learn along the way? The strange, sweeping connections made and the remarkable human chain that is created are stunning for everyone involved.

Anchor: Jay Schadler
Airdate: December 13, 2006

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5.0 out of 5 stars ABC News Basic Instinct -The Human Chain October 19, 2012
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I used this video in my high school classroom to highlight a lesson on the Six Degrees of Separation. It was extremely well received by the students and lived up to ABC's standards. I would definitely recommend it to any teacher of sociology or human geography. Well worth the investment.
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