From: Scott Chase (
Date: Thu 10 Apr 2003 - 01:35:42 GMT

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    >From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    >Subject: Re: SARS!
    >Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 08:20:12 -0700
    >Maybe the whole (TV-watching) world did become aware.
    >If so, how do you model that? Frequency jumps from
    >zero to one in a single instant? How could you fit a
    >contagion trajectory on that? You need some kind of
    >sigmoid curve to appear from out of your data, at
    >least the hint of one, in order to justify any
    >assertion that a contagion-like mechanism is involved.
    >Derek Gatherer
    >I don't think there is a fit with contagion trajectory and the spread of
    >memes. At some point in the past this comparison made sense. In today's
    >world, it doesn't. The spread of memes belongs to a new paradigm.
    You used memes and paradigm in the same sentence. I don't know whether I should shake your hand or hose you down with disinfectant.

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