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Ruz-Mora 1 Jorge Ruz-Mora Jill Bergkamp ENC 1102 03 April 2010 Propagation of False Beliefs There is a children’s game called telephone, which consist of the transmission of a message from one end of a group of children to the other. This game is a perfect example of how false beliefs about happiness are propagated. At the end of almost every game the output is the same, the starting message is twisted by the participants into something completely different. False beliefs work the same way, they are passed from person to person as if they were true. In Diana Taylor's essay "False Identifications: Minority Populations Mourn Diana" she explains how minorities mourned Princess Diana, even though they did not knew her. In Daniel G ilbert’s essay “Reporting Live from Tomorrow” he explores how false beliefs about what makes a person happy are transmitted as super-replicators. False beliefs tend to propagate with more efficiency in societies that the members are close because some individuals might believe that by participating in the mourning of a celebrity they will be happy because they will feel like they belong to a group. The propagation of false beliefs is catalyzed by individuals who believe they are happy because they are mourning a celebrity. In almost every society there are persons who feel like they need to belong to a group, they feel like they are alone. When a big event like the death of a celebrity comes along those individuals see an opportunity to become a part of a group that they usually would not join. These individuals feel that by joining these groups of mourners they will aid the unification of the particular society where they live in. Mourning brings together people
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Ruz-Mora 2 who share a common love for the fallen celebrity. People that are looking to fit in somewhere find a common interest in the mourning of a celebrity that they admire because they think they will feel happy, even though it’s a sad time, because they have found individuals who share their feelings. This is a false belief that is propagated because not necessarily all people that mourn Diana will feel happy during the mourning process. Some individuals might not like to think that
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