Inherently unspreadable ideas: a collection

Created: 3 Jan 2019 | Modified: 4 Jan 2019 | Importance: 6/10

By definition, you won't hear about the following ideas from people who believe in them.

Here I try to enumerate reasons for unspreadability, with examples.

(Disclaimer: if you think that I endorse these ideas, you didn't get the point.)

I'd like this list to be relatively exhaustive; please let me know if you have other examples.

Table of contents

The believer isn't there to tell anymore

The idea morally condemns its own being spread

No spread at all

Only local spread

The believer doesn't care about spreading the idea

No spread at all

Only local spread

The believer fears the idea might spread

Some secrets

Information hazard

The idea is likely to mutate into a noxious form during successive transmissions, or will trigger a noxious reaction

(Simplification being a form of mutation)

The idea gives its believer a comparative advantage they want to keep

The believer would like the idea to spread, but doesn't want to be associated with it

Some other secrets

Censorship

PR issues

The idea is likely to mutate into a noxious form during successive transmissions, or will trigger a noxious reaction (to its advocate)

Privacy concerns