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Is Suicide Contagious?
A Case Study in Applied
Visiting Research Fellow
Graduate Research Centre in the Social Sciences
University of Sussex
1 - Introduction
2 - Memetics and Social Contagion: Two Sides of the Same
3 - Suicide Contagion - Infected by a Suicide Meme
4 - Priming your Mind with Suicide
5 - Testing the Model - Is Suicide Contagious?
5.1 - Research Objectives
5.2 - Materials and Method
5.3 - Participants and Recruitment
5.4 - Results
5.5 - Discussion
6 - But is this Memetics?
7 - Conclusion
The phenomenon of suicide contagion is demonstrated
experimentally. An interpretation of the results is proposed
using an understanding of memetics as contagion psychology
informed by selectionist thinking. Using the term `meme' to
denote an object of contagion and `contagion' to denote a
process of spread by exposure, a selectionist explanation of
why certain people might be susceptible to a contagion of
suicide is provided. Specifically, it is suggested that people
who have become socially isolated and culturally
disenfranchised, i.e. those with reduced residual cultural
fitness (compromised access to the means of cultural
reproduction), might be at particular risk from suicide
contagion. Finally, public health policy implications of this
memetic understanding of suicide are briefly outlined.
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
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