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2nd Apr '16 11:33:11 PM Dvandemon
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* An X-Men story during an arc where they were fighting vampires dealt with their human allies quarantining and attempting to cure a group of humans infected with one by a vampire that made them want to be drained by him. They were consciously aware of their condition but will physically act to achieve it all the while voicing praise. It took them discovering it was mental for them to gain the help of a resident telepath to make any progress.
17th Jan '16 10:25:26 PM Eagal
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* UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins is the originator of the term "meme" and the concept of memetics. As an avowed atheist, he's written a number of articles and books using his model to liken religion to a disease--even outright labelling it as a "mind virus" in ''The God Delusion''. Calling religion a "mind virus" has subsequently become popular among "New Atheists," who tend to be fans of Dawkins.
30th Nov '15 9:03:02 AM FF32
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* RichardDawkins is the originator of the term "meme" and the concept of memetics. As an avowed atheist, he's written a number of articles and books using his model to liken religion to a disease--even outright labelling it as a "mind virus" in ''The God Delusion''. Calling religion a "mind virus" has subsequently become popular among "New Atheists," who tend to be fans of Dawkins.

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* RichardDawkins UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins is the originator of the term "meme" and the concept of memetics. As an avowed atheist, he's written a number of articles and books using his model to liken religion to a disease--even outright labelling it as a "mind virus" in ''The God Delusion''. Calling religion a "mind virus" has subsequently become popular among "New Atheists," who tend to be fans of Dawkins.
25th Nov '15 12:47:06 PM Dravencour
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Mind Viruses can vary in terms of their effects and their severity. Minor cases might simply give the victims [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone weird dreams]], or give them a [[CompellingVoice slight compulsion to do something]] (though this compulsion can be ignored with enough willpower). More severe Mind Viruses can do everything from [[FakeMemories alter]] or [[LaserGuidedAmnesia completely erase]] memories, [[NotHimself alter one's personality]], or even completely [[MindRape destroy someone's mind]], leaving them a shell.

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Mind Viruses can vary in terms of their effects and their severity. Minor cases might simply give the victims [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone weird dreams]], or give them a [[CompellingVoice slight compulsion to do something]] (though this compulsion can be ignored with enough willpower). More severe Mind Viruses can do everything from [[FakeMemories alter]] or [[LaserGuidedAmnesia completely erase]] memories, [[NotHimself alter one's personality]], or even completely [[MindRape destroy someone's mind]], leaving them a shell.
an EmptyShell.
5th Oct '15 1:26:14 PM FF32
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* Though the "culling song" in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's ''{{Lullaby}}'' starts out as a lethal BrownNote, it eventually turns out that merely thinking about it can telepathically transmit it to someone else, making it a lethal Mind Virus.

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* Though the "culling song" in Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's ''{{Lullaby}}'' ''Literature/{{Lullaby}}'' starts out as a lethal BrownNote, it eventually turns out that merely thinking about it can telepathically transmit it to someone else, making it a lethal Mind Virus.
3rd Oct '15 5:56:57 PM Starling_Starwing
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* RichardDawkins is the originator of the term "meme" and the concept of memetics. As an avowed atheist, he's written a number of articles and books using his model to liken religion to a disease--even outright labeling it as a "mind virus" in ''The God Delusion''. Calling religion a "mind virus" has subsequently become popular among "New Atheists," who tend to be fans of Dawkins.

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* RichardDawkins is the originator of the term "meme" and the concept of memetics. As an avowed atheist, he's written a number of articles and books using his model to liken religion to a disease--even outright labeling labelling it as a "mind virus" in ''The God Delusion''. Calling religion a "mind virus" has subsequently become popular among "New Atheists," who tend to be fans of Dawkins.



* Rabies is best known for its "furious" state, in which the virus drives the host to actively and violently seek out victims to bite. This is, of course, to insure its own transmission. The other thing it's known for is hydrophobia, an irrational fear of water (which serves no purpose other than to weaken the infectee such that they will die sooner and infect fewer new victims).
* The phenominon termed ''[[GratuitousFrench folie à deux]]'', or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folie_%C3%A0_deux shared psychosis]]. For those who are susceptible to madness, simply being around another unstable person can not only trigger a psychotic episode but can cause their form of madness to come to resemble the other person's, meaning that a form of mental illness normally thought of as self-limited suddenly becomes contagious.

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* Rabies is best known for its "furious" state, in which the virus drives the host to actively and violently seek out victims to bite. This is, of course, to insure ensure its own transmission. The other thing it's known for is hydrophobia, an irrational fear of water (which serves no purpose other than to weaken the infectee such that they will die sooner and infect fewer new victims).
* The phenominon phenomenon termed ''[[GratuitousFrench folie à deux]]'', or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folie_%C3%A0_deux shared psychosis]]. For those who are susceptible to madness, simply being around another unstable person can not only trigger a psychotic episode but can cause their form of madness to come to resemble the other person's, meaning that a form of mental illness normally thought of as self-limited suddenly becomes contagious.
6th Sep '15 5:41:00 PM nombretomado
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* NeilGaiman's poem ''[[http://www.scribd.com/doc/7227151/Gaiman-Neil-Virus Virus]]'' is an example of this, spread via a computer game.

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* NeilGaiman's Creator/NeilGaiman's poem ''[[http://www.scribd.com/doc/7227151/Gaiman-Neil-Virus Virus]]'' is an example of this, spread via a computer game.
11th Aug '15 5:59:28 AM justanid
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This is a trope usually found in Science Fiction, though not necessarily limited to it. In nearly all cases it's a SyntheticPlague. A specific version of this would be a HatePlague. Not to be confused with TheVirus, a trope where a contagion acts as an intelligent, self-directed entity (adding to "itself", having a HiveMind, etc). Compare InfectiousInsanity, a trope where mental illnesses is treated like a Mind Virus, and EarWorm, where it's a song that can't get out of your head. See also ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which is often -but not always- caused by one of these.

In RealLife, there's a sociological model known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics Memetics]], which posits that information and culture behaves like genetics ("meme" being the informational analogy of "gene")--that units of information transmit themselves from mind to mind. There's other competing sociological models, some of whose proponents point to MemeticMutation as an example that Memetics isn't a viable model.

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This is a trope usually found in Science Fiction, though not necessarily limited to it. In nearly all cases it's a SyntheticPlague. A specific version of this would be a HatePlague. Not to be confused

Compare
with EarWorm, where it's a song that can't get out of your head; InfectiousInsanity, a trope where mental illnesses is treated like a Mind Virus; and MemeticMutation. Compare & contrast TheVirus, a trope where a contagion acts as an intelligent, self-directed entity (adding to "itself", having a HiveMind, etc). Compare InfectiousInsanity, a trope where mental illnesses is treated like a Mind Virus, and EarWorm, where it's a song that can't get out of your head. See also ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which is often -but often--but not always- caused always--caused by one of these.

In RealLife, there's a sociological model known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics Memetics]], which posits that information and culture behaves like genetics ("meme" being the informational analogy of "gene")--that units of information transmit themselves from mind to mind. There's other competing sociological models, some of whose proponents point to MemeticMutation as an example that Memetics isn't a viable model.
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* In RealLife, there's a sociological model known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics Memetics]], which posits that information and culture behaves like genetics ("meme" being the informational analogy of "gene")--that units of information transmit themselves from mind to mind. There's other competing sociological models, some of whose proponents point to MemeticMutation as an example that Memetics isn't a viable model.
28th May '15 10:07:14 AM Willbyr
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', [[spoiler:Hinamizawa Syndrome]] is caused by some sort of parasite that is initially compared to a virus in the sixth arc. That is the only arc where it is referred to as a virus, and the person who called it that was an UnreliableNarrator. The arcs after it tend to use the term parasite. Since there are many lifeforms (and viruses) that can theoretically be called parasites, it's a little uncertain what type of lifeform it actually is. [[spoiler:That parasite, though, is what causes just about all of the madness that winds up killing so many people in the earlier arcs]].
* In ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex 2nd Gig'' the "Individual Eleven" virus infected people who read a certain essay, becoming terrorists and (aside from Kuze) eventually committed suicide.

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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Hinamizawa Syndrome]] is caused by some sort of parasite that is initially compared to a virus in the sixth arc. That is the only arc where it is referred to as a virus, and the person who called it that was an UnreliableNarrator. The arcs after it tend to use the term parasite. Since there are many lifeforms (and viruses) that can theoretically be called parasites, it's a little uncertain what type of lifeform it actually is. [[spoiler:That parasite, though, is what causes just about all of the madness that winds up killing so many people in the earlier arcs]].
* In ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex 2nd Gig'' the "Individual Eleven" virus infected people who read a certain essay, becoming terrorists and (aside from Kuze) eventually committed suicide.
28th May '15 10:06:50 AM Willbyr
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[[MindVirus Mind Viruses]] can vary in terms of their effects and their severity. Minor cases might simply give the victims [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone weird dreams]], or give them a [[CompellingVoice slight compulsion to do something]] (though this compulsion can be ignored with enough willpower). More severe Mind Viruses can do everything from [[FakeMemories alter]] or [[LaserGuidedAmnesia completely erase]] memories, [[NotHimself alter one's personality]], or even completely [[MindRape destroy someone's mind]], leaving them a shell.

[[MindVirus Mind Viruses]] usually don't have anything to do with [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]] or [[MoreThanMindControl mind control]]. A nefarious agency may have developed and released the virus, but after that the virus is uncontrolled, spreading from one person the the next in an unpredictable manner. Rather, a deliberate MindVirus may be used as a ''weapon'', intended strictly to disrupt. Alternatively, it might have started off [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans with good intentions]] but [[FreakLabAccident ended up mutating and spreading out of control]].

This is a trope usually found in Science Fiction, though not necessarily limited to it. In nearly all cases it's a SyntheticPlague. A specific version of this would be a HatePlague. Not to be confused with TheVirus, a trope where a contagion acts as an intelligent, self-directed entity (adding to "itself", having a HiveMind, etc). Compare InfectiousInsanity, a trope where mental illnesses is treated like a MindVirus, and EarWorm, where it's a song that can't get out of your head. See also ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which is often -but not always- caused by one of these.

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[[MindVirus Mind Viruses]] Viruses can vary in terms of their effects and their severity. Minor cases might simply give the victims [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone weird dreams]], or give them a [[CompellingVoice slight compulsion to do something]] (though this compulsion can be ignored with enough willpower). More severe Mind Viruses can do everything from [[FakeMemories alter]] or [[LaserGuidedAmnesia completely erase]] memories, [[NotHimself alter one's personality]], or even completely [[MindRape destroy someone's mind]], leaving them a shell.

[[MindVirus Mind Viruses]] Viruses usually don't have anything to do with [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]] {{brainwash|ed}}ing or [[MoreThanMindControl mind control]]. A nefarious agency may have developed and released the virus, but after that the virus is uncontrolled, spreading from one person the the next in an unpredictable manner. Rather, a deliberate MindVirus Mind Virus may be used as a ''weapon'', intended strictly to disrupt. Alternatively, it might have started off [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans with good intentions]] but [[FreakLabAccident ended up mutating and spreading out of control]].

This is a trope usually found in Science Fiction, though not necessarily limited to it. In nearly all cases it's a SyntheticPlague. A specific version of this would be a HatePlague. Not to be confused with TheVirus, a trope where a contagion acts as an intelligent, self-directed entity (adding to "itself", having a HiveMind, etc). Compare InfectiousInsanity, a trope where mental illnesses is treated like a MindVirus, Mind Virus, and EarWorm, where it's a song that can't get out of your head. See also ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which is often -but not always- caused by one of these.






* The entire premise of ''VisualNovel/LuxPain'' revolves around fighting the spread of [[MindVirus Mind Viruses]].

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* The entire premise of ''VisualNovel/LuxPain'' revolves around fighting the spread of [[MindVirus Mind Viruses]].
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