From: Keith Henson (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 18:32:51 GMT

  • Next message: Grant Callaghan: "RE: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception"

    Received: by id SAA11194 (8.6.9/5.3[ref] for from; Fri, 11 Jan 2002 18:35:51 GMT
    Message-Id: <>
    X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Version 5.1
    Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 13:32:51 -0500
    From: Keith Henson <>
    Subject: Re: CRASH CONTAGION
    In-Reply-To: <>
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed
    Precedence: bulk

    At 05:15 PM 11/01/02 +0000, you wrote:

    >Vincent, hi
    > >"so the notion of people seeing acts as more legitimate because
    > >others are seen to perform them is problematised."
    >yes it is problematised - and as with anything in a complex multifaceted
    >social world in which one or many events can have one or many outcomes,
    >there can be no irrefutable evidence - the best we can do is produced
    >narratives with internal and external consistency.
    >TO this end there IS a wealth of laboratory experimental evidence that
    >demonstrates disinhibition via media. You can dismiss such laboratory
    >experiments of course because they are conducted in artificial conditions
    >There IS also a wealth of natural experimental evidence that demonstrates
    >effects expected by disinhibition - which you can also dismiss because not
    >all variables are controlled for - precisely because they are conducted in
    >the real world.

    Classic one being the well documented spikes that occur in suicides right
    after the suicide of some public person.

    Keith Henson

    This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
    Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
    For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Fri Jan 11 2002 - 18:44:30 GMT