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Casey Christofaris

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Is evolution/religion/everything a self fulfilling prophecy?

What separates us from the rest of species? Recognition of self right? Some will want to argue that there are other species that can recognize self. But then you need to ask well do they recognize self do to our experiments and what we have defined as self recognition or is it innately in them? So is it that we recognize self because of them through evolution or do they recognize self do to us? A bird called the magpie is self aware using the mirror test. It’s easy now to look in a mirror and say yep that’s me, but it’s a million times harder to say that this is just a visual representation of trillions of moving, living, self-replicating entities.

This is the principles that I would like to use in defining self fulfilling prophecy:
Robert Merton's concept of the self-fulfilling prophecy stems from the Thomas theorem, which states that "If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences."[2] According to Thomas, people react not only to the situations they are in, but also, and often primarily, to the way they perceive the situations and to the meaning they assign to these perceptions. This causes people to have negative viewpoints. Therefore, their behavior is determined in part by their perception and the meaning they ascribe to the situations they are in, rather than by the situations themselves. Once people convince themselves that a situation really has a certain meaning, regardless of whether it actually does, they will take very real actions in consequence.

So we are just a bunch of self replicating entities that have evolved in to a self recognizing being. Will history keep repeating its "self"?

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  • Nov 5 2012: Ok I'm gonna disagree buddy.

    because there are 3 basic aspects that describe a person's life history.
    1. Then families status: meaning did the person come from: Rich, poor, middle class. And which country.
    2. How they were raised: who taught them how to live, who inspired them, who or what they were raised to believe. Everyone in there life that has touched and/or effected them.
    3. The environment they lived in: was it a productive prominent, was it in the ghetto, was there a transition from a bad environment to good or the reverse. What were the different cultural aspects of the different places the person lived.
    4. Is CHOICE.
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      Nov 7 2012: Good day Kenya,

      I am always a fan of devils advocate. However you hit it on the head that life is full of choices and it is only personal choice that creates the idea of free will. Your point #2 is in reference to chaos theory where everything is connected and then that points to cause and effect. In your #2 this is where we have no free will, it just leads us to the next lesson that we need to learn, but then our personal choice steps in and that is free will. However it is these very choices that create the self fulfilling prophecy. You project your personal future out by saying I am going to be a lawyer growing up. The lesson that you take to get to this result is a matter of personal choices whether you realize it or not and the only way you will not be a lawyer is if you choose for one reason or another to stop making that choice. And sometime that choice to change from not becoming a lawyer is not always in your hands.

      I hope this made sense and I am sorry if it did not. I struggle with my written word

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