Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id VAA15036 (8.6.9/5.3[ref firstname.lastname@example.org] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from email@example.com); Thu, 19 Apr 2001 21:07:54 +0100 Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 18:19:13 +0100 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Is Suicide Contagious? A Case Study in Applied Memetics Message-ID: <20010419181913.A3784@ii01.org> References: <20010419155841.AAA25394@email@example.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Disposition: inline User-Agent: Mutt/1.3.15i In-Reply-To: <20010419155841.AAA25394@firstname.lastname@example.org>; from email@example.com on Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 11:58:21AM -0400 From: Robin Faichney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Get your Meta-Information from http://www.ii01.org (CAUTION: contains philosophy, may cause heads to spin)
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