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

From: Trupeljak Ozren (
Date: Sun Apr 22 2001 - 21:35:32 BST

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    --- "Wade T.Smith" <> wrote:
    > Hi Trupeljak Ozren -
    > >And your previous assertion that you do not believe in hypnosis
    > because
    > >you can not be hypnotised reminds me very much of the argument about
    > >flatness of the earth....since one could not see the curvature
    > directly
    > >(in the past), there is no curvature.
    > But I have walked the earth and found it to be a sphere. And I have
    > sat
    > in the hypnotist's chair and found it to be a fraud.

    How can you walk the earth and find it a sphere? Even methaporicaly
    speaking, I can suggest a number of topological shapes that would
    exhibit the properties of coming back to the beggining if you move in
    straight line away from it, and none of these can be properly called a
    As for you meeting a fraud, how scientific is it to label such a
    widespread phenomenon as hypnosis as a fraud if you have encountered,
    how many exactly? fradulent practitioners of hypnosis?

    > Don't get me started on NLP....

    Please do: my experience with them was very mixed, but the theories
    behind some of their techniques seem valid, and worth exploring. I try
    not to value ideas by the same values I ascribe to their human

    There are very few man - and they are exceptions - who are able to think and feel beyond the present moment.

    Carl von Clausewitz

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