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

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    From: "Kenneth Van Oost" <>
    > And in addition, what about a lynch- party ( sorry Aaron), the scape-
    > goat- principle where " murder " is committed by a group by the former
    > and spirit away by the " suicide " of the victim by the latter !?

    Good examples, Kenneth.

    Here's another article about Suicide Contagion:
    Suicide contagion is not a new phenomenon. Evidence of suicide clusters and
    imitative deaths has been reported in accounts from ancient times through the
    twentieth century. Concern about suicide contagion has increased due to a
    number of highly publicized suicide outbreaks among teenagers and young adults
    in recent years and to new evidence that a significant number of suicides
    appear to be associated with suicide stories in the mass media.

    --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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