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Do the memetic elements of suicide make it more or less contagious?
Do the negative aspects of suicide make it a negatively reinforced meme?
Memetics and Social Contagion: Two Sides of the Same Coin
I have argued in a previous paper that for applied memetics, an inclusive and
pragmatic working definition of a meme is the object of contagion (Marsden
1998a). This is consistent with the popular understanding of memetics as the
study of `infectious' elements of culture. By `infectious', what is meant is
the quality of some acts, emotions and opinions, in certain contexts, to
spread by exposure rather than by some deliberate attempt to influence (such
as coercion or persuasion).
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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