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Violence is a disease, spread by memetics.

 
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Violence is a disease, spread by memetics.
"We looked at homicide as an infectious disease," Zeoli said in an interview. "To spread, an infectious disease needs three things: a source of the infection; a mode of transmission; and we need a susceptible population."

The researchers studied every homicide that occurred in the city of Newark, N.J., over a period of a quarter century, from January 1982 to September 2007. In all, Newark had seen 2,366 murders in that period, a rate of homicide some three times as high as that of the general U.S. population.

The analysis showed that homicide spread through Newark very much like an infectious disease. The value of tracking murder in this fashion, Zeoli said, was not just to let police know where murder was happening — police already track hot spots and direct resources to those areas — but to make predictions about where homicide might spread next, based on the path of the epidemic.

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Treating Violence as Infectious Disease

Cure Violence reverses the spread of violence by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control—detection and interruption, identifying individuals involved in transmission, and changing social norms of the communities where it occurs.

Violence, much like the great infectious diseases throughout human history, has been ‘stuck’ without lasting solutions. This isn’t because we don’t care enough, or because we don’t have enough resources devoted to it—but because we have had the wrong diagnosis. This has led to ineffective or even counterproductive treatments. Like infectious diseases, violence can be understood better scientifically, and the result must be a new strategy.

Proven Results

These methods have resulted in reductions in shootings and killings of 16% to 34% that are directly attributed to the strategy, and from 41% to 73% overall. The initial implementation has been replicated in 11 communities in Chicago and Baltimore with large reductions in violence found by independently performed studies commissioned by the US Department of Justice, the Center for Disease Control, and Johns Hopkins.

This new approach is now being used by over a dozen U.S. cities and a growing number of countries, including in Kenya to prevent or reduce election violence, South Africa to prevent and reduce community violence, and Iraq to prevent and reduce interpersonal and inter-tribal violence.

The advantages to this new and scientific understanding and approach to violence are countless. We can move away from counterproductive practices into the modern era. Violence is an infectious disease. This is good news. It means we can address it methodically, and move it into the past as we have for plague, typhus, leprosy and so many others.

[link to cureviolence.org]

Violence seems to be the result of a memetic virus, an idea, thought or concept spread from person to person which influences and affects their actions, which in turn spreads to the people they affect. These are just some examples of such viruses. Just a biological virus or a computer virus can spread, so can a memetic one. What do you think advertising is? Engineered memetic viruses designed to spread from person to person and stick in your mind.
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Re: Violence is a disease, spread by memetics.
And so it naturally follows that memetics is the cure.
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Re: Violence is a disease, spread by memetics.
Just take a look at all the violence around the world, all because of beliefs. Beliefs are thoughts, ideas, concepts, people accept as being true, when there is no proof or even proof to the contrary. These same beliefs cause violence, whether it be religious or not. And it spreads like a disease, from person to person until they act.

Religion is the biggest meme of all, just look at how it spreads. First missionaries go out and spread the information, convert people and those people go out and convert others, using nothing but information (and in the past violence!), whether it be real or not.

It's more than just a coincidence that violence spreads like a disease, it's not the violence exactly that is the disease, it is the THOUGHTS and memes behind those actions that are the real disease.
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It's not 'beliefs', its 'wrong beliefs'. There is an objective good out there, and an objective standard of how we ought to treat each other, and just because modern religions have lost their way doesn't mean religion is necessarily a bad thing at heart.
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It's not 'beliefs', its 'wrong beliefs'. There is an objective good out there, and an objective standard of how we ought to treat each other, and just because modern religions have lost their way doesn't mean religion is necessarily a bad thing at heart.
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Not all beliefs are religious, like racism. But all beliefs have one thing in common, they aren't found in reality, only in people's minds.

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