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Andrew Tam

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What makes an idea spread? Duration? Quality? Loudness?

In my Bioelectricity class this week, we talked about the propagation of electrical signals in the body. In the body, cells transmit action potentials (or "spikes") which propogate along the cell membranes of electrically excitable cells like neurons and muscles. However, these action potentials are only produced if the stimulus is of long enough duration, or of high enough amplitude. If signals are too weak, they instead dissipate as they decay in time and space. I was wondering: is the same true of the real world? If news spreads rapidly, is this reason to believe that the news is of of good quality? Is the spread of news proportional to the quality of it?

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  • Feb 26 2012: Uniqueness, importance, potential and certainty.
    How this idea is different to other ideas.
    How important is it to implement this idea
    How much potential does the idea have
    and how certain does the presenter feel about it working.
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      Feb 28 2012: Hey Mike,

      Thanks for contributing! I'm glad you brought up that last point. It seems that all your other points are dependent on that last one: If someone cannot present an idea clearly or confidently to begin with, then those other points may not even matter. On their own, however, those other points definitely factor into the spreading of an idea.
      • Feb 28 2012: That's true, how can you influence someone if you haven't been yourself?

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