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Social Contagion

Postby Sylvester » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:15 am

"Monks, there are these two conditions for the arising of wrong view. Which two? The voice of another and inappropriate attention. These are the two conditions for the arising of wrong view."

"Monks, there are these two conditions for the arising of right view. Which two? The voice of another and appropriate attention. These are the two conditions for the arising of right view."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html


Compare the "voice of another" with a recently observed and measured social contagion at work -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... ction.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22957099

What other social contagions are at work?
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Re: Social Contagion

Postby lyndon taylor » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:46 pm

Next thing they are going to say clapping is a disease, like they're saying obesity is, and alcoholism.(joke)
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Re: Social Contagion

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:21 pm

Sylvester wrote:
"Monks, there are these two conditions for the arising of wrong view. Which two? The voice of another and inappropriate attention. These are the two conditions for the arising of wrong view."

It's a poor translation of "Parato ca ghoso ayoniso ca manasikāro."

Better would be "The utterance of another and inappropriate attention."

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Sylvester wrote:Compare the "voice of another" with a recently observed and measured social contagion at work -

Certainly looks like a clap trap. :stirthepot:

People are social beings, and are very strongly influenced by peer pressure. The Asch Experiment was designed to test it.

That may be why seclusion is recommended for the development of wisdom.
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Re: Social Contagion

Postby Sylvester » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:53 am

Then we can have a new (yet old) social contagion - apphoṭanaghosa - the sound of clapping.
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Re: Social Contagion

Postby chownah » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:02 am

How about rioting associated with football matches. Men watching football in small numbers never seem to exhibit much violence but get a stadium full of men and they sometimes run amok.
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