Super-replicator (def.) A super-replicator is anything that is capable of multiplying at a much faster rate than would normally be expected. For example, the aliens in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" were super-replicators, because they were able to reproduce so quickly that they soon overtook the Earth, exterminating all of humanity.
“Children bring happiness” is a super-replicator. The belief-transmission network of which we are a part cannot operate without a continuously replenished supply of people to do the transmitting, thus the belief that children are a source of happiness becomes a part of our cultural wisdom simply because the opposite belief unravels the fabric of any society that holds it. Indeed, people who have believed that children bring misery and despair--and who thus stopped having them--would put their belief transmission network out of business in around fifty years, hence terminating the belief that terminated them.
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