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

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    On Fri, Apr 13, 2001 at 02:01:45PM -0700, J. R. Molloy wrote:
    > 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
    > conclusion.

    It follows directly from your claim that analog computing is an

    > (Actually, I suspect you're being deliberately obstinate, but it doesn't
    > really matter.)

    Actually, I'm not.

    > There is no such thing as an "analog computer" and hypothesizing such an
    > imaginary structure is a useless waste of time.

    I've seen at least one, that I can remember clearly, with my own eyes.
    Of course, you might be using these words in some strange way so that
    for you there's no such thing as a "real" analog computer, regardless of
    what's been done with the devices so labelled. In which case this becomes
    an issue of individual psychology, and I wouldn't wish to pursue it.

    > The little list of useless hypotheses is a way to help folks avoid wasting
    > time and resources on these dead ends.

    I'm impressed. Your arrogance rivals that of Joe Dees.

    Robin Faichney
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