Re: playing at suicide

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 19:58:50 GMT

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    From the point of view of memetics, imitating behavior is what memes are all
    about. It's built into us and is the foundation on which culture (and
    consequently, memes) is structured. I don't know if you've read the article
    below from EDGE or not, but I highly recommend it. It shows there are
    genetic and structural features in the brain that support the whole process
    -- not only in humans but in other animals as well. I feel sorry for the
    children who followed their instincts to their deaths, but I don't really
    see any deep psychological underpinning for it. To me it looks a lot like
    what happens when a child dashes in front of a car or falls into a swimming
    pool and drowns -- an unfortunate accident. We can't child-proof the world
    to avoid them.


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