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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 15 2012: GOD is just DOG looking in the mirror...........

    John Lennon sings about it in Imagine. It's easy if you try. .

    Is there 'free will' or is life 'deterministic'?

    Your answers reveal your word view. Pay attention.
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      Nov 19 2012: IIs this the real life?
      Is this just fantasy?
      Caught in a landslide,
      No escape from reality.
      Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see,
      I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
      Because I'm easy come, easy go, Little high, little low,
      Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me.


      Life is both predetermined and free will, the haphazardness that gets us from life lessons learned is predetermined this can be seen as chaos theory. Our free will exist in personal choice.

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