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> Ah yes, of course, but that's not the same as is being implied in contagion
> theory (again, not that this is what Paul is necessarily saying). My beef
> is in relation to the mediation part of the issue- that mediated suicide
> (e.g. press reports, or TV dramatisations) lead to suicides in previously
> non-suicidal people. Again, I think this has relatively little to do with
> what Paul specifically is arguing, I'm just trying to keep people from
> making erroneous jumps of causation.
OK, thanks for clearing that up in such a succinct manner. I tend to agree
with your position, and attribute suicidal tendencies or susceptibility to
depression as a genetic rather than memetic related phenomenon (which can be
triggered by environmental influences). I appreciate your comments.
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