Re: Is Suicide Contagious? A Case Study in Applied Memetics

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    From: "Robin Faichney" <>
    > So analog computing is a proposal intended to explain certain facts
    > or observations?

    No, I don't think so, and I'm surprised that you could come up with such a
    (Actually, I suspect you're being deliberately obstinate, but it doesn't
    really matter.)
    There is no such thing as an "analog computer" and hypothesizing such an
    imaginary structure is a useless waste of time.
    The little list of useless hypotheses is a way to help folks avoid wasting
    time and resources on these dead ends.


    Stay hungry,

    --J. R.

    Useless hypotheses:
     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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