Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Self Fulfilling Prophets

The following is a thought experiment, and not an refutation of personal responsibility:

Most people's outlooks are defined by their upbringing: love in childhood might make them strong, abuse & tragedy may shatter them. Then there is the balance of nature vs. nurture: Some people go through lives with ease; they seem to be born with confidence, and glide through life, despite how they were raised. Others seem to be born with a sense of misery, and their lives are lived accordingly so. We are told that it's all in the outlook. If these depressed & anxious people would only take control of their miserable lives, they would stop being shit upon, because it's always so simple- right? But perhaps that syndrome labeled with the latest pop-psychology term, "self-fulfilling prophecy," is really an indication of the next step in evolution: future memory.

If we live in a 4(+)-dimensional universe that exists in past present and future, the phenomenon of time as a dimension flowing in a singular direction is a limitation of our brains' ability to perceive it, not a representation of reality itself. What if these people who are born with an unshakable outlook of life are actually developing a memory of the future? Although they don't know the details, perhaps they feel the emotions of their future selves, and live their lives accordingly. Maybe in another few thousand years, we will be able to remember the future as clearly as we remember the past. And after we have memories of the past and the future, perhaps perception will stop being limited to a moment in the present, and we will exist in all directions simultaneously. After perception, perhaps, will come movement. Imagine being able to simultaneously act throughout every moment in your life.

If this thought of a predetermined universe depresses you, keep in mind that at the subatomic level, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle reigns. Perhaps once we move about in four dimensions as easily as three, we will evolve awareness of a fifth, and so on, and so on...

Something to think about at 3am.

TTFN
-Tony

5 comments:

Hellcat said...

Been there done that. Ctach up Slave! Hhehheeeee

I could talk a lot more about this but on way out ... future said this would happen ...

Aravis said...

Yes, quantum theories always make more sense in the middle of the night, but they're fun anytime really. *G*

String said...

Nice post Tony, has got me thinking about a few things as I have been having some discussions on precognitive dreams with some others.

String said...

Okay, I have taken some comments from this blog and used them in a new one. Really did get me thinking!

Anonymous said...

Wanted to email with you Tony about this one! It would have read a lot like String's new post!
:) Blah .... Anon needs more time at the moment ... in the now :)