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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 18 2012: Everything including religion and evolution itself is subject to evolution. Even revelation is also subject of evolution.

    Prophecy and Prediction too is subject to evolution. Prophecy and Prediction is a spontaneous , slow and steady process. It has no independent existence.It is not a divine process. It depends on minimum of two factors;

    1. Input seed stimuli
    2. Ecosystem

    If suppose a stranger meets a kid and says "You will become a Scientist". Now, what he has done is he has actually planted the seed stimuli in the mind of the kid. Once the mind of the kid receives the seed stimuli,it get activated and starts to work spontaneously , slowly and steadily to make the kid a scientist.

    And now whatever the kid does , the parents of the kid too see him through the lens of Scientist. When he writes , they say he writes like a scientist, When he does something they say he behaves like a scientist.

    And when the relatives visit them , they tell the whole story to their relatives about the prediction the stranger has made about their kid. The relatives too then start perceiving the kid as scientist.

    This way the word spreads out into the ecosystem of the place where he lives.And now the ecosystem too moves in the direction to help the kid become a scientist.

    And finally one day the kid becomes a scientist , and the same stranger visits the home of the kid , and Proudly says see my prediction has come true.
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      Nov 19 2012: This is why marketing works the one with the most seeds wins, and becomes number one. IPlease notice this is a continuing theme in man. To be number one

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