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

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 18:19:13 BST

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    On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 11:58:21AM -0400, Wade T.Smith wrote:
    > On 04/19/01 10:19, Robin Faichney said this-
    > >> One wonders if non-suicidal people _ever_ commit suicide? It seems
    > >> impossible- it is certainly unlogical semantically.
    > >
    > >Ever heard of "the tipping point"? :-)
    > Well, I suppose we're here wondering, well, some of us, whether or not
    > there is a tipping point with behaviors like that- whether a magic
    > command will lead, like a hypnotist's wet dream, to unparalleled excesses
    > of wantonness and bizarrity, not to mention rabid buying sprees and extra
    > gifts on top of smiling acquiescence to paying professional fees....

    Perhaps thinking of it as "the last straw" will make it less unlikely-
    seeming. Someone is on the very edge, only holding back for fear of
    pain, and then they come across what looks like a relatively painless
    way of killing themselves.

    Seems plausible to me.

    Robin Faichney
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