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Casey Christofaris

Owner, CS3 Inc

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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: Everyone may come from different backgrounds but that doesn't mean we make decisions on certain just based on instincts.

    1 People do change, we are no longer children who believe in such fables as Boogie man, and aren't scared of what's under the bed.
    2 Not everyone believes in the same religion in which the were raised, People grow up deciding there own values and moral belief's ( Some people choose to be atheist and not believe in religion, but belief in the philosophy.)
    3. That despite certain familiar historical anomalies occur that doesn't mean that people's ides didn't change. Come on now a lot women from other countries have right's, and being less subjected to the idea of inferiority. Slavery is now viewed as immoral.

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