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Rawhard Dickins's Avatar Comment 1 by Rawhard Dickins

Something to do with Andromeda isn't it?

Fri, 04 May 2012 00:35:25 UTC | #939483

RW Millam's Avatar Comment 2 by RW Millam

I too believe the end of the world is coming. But in all likelihood, we're gonna have to wait for another few billion years -- I'm betting I won't be around to see it.

Fri, 04 May 2012 00:39:25 UTC | #939484

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 3 by Neodarwinian

I see the Turkey connection rears it's ugly head again!

Fri, 04 May 2012 00:49:12 UTC | #939486

Opisthokont's Avatar Comment 4 by Opisthokont

What never fails to amaze and terrify me is the number of people who think the world is going to end soon who also think that that is a good thing.

Fri, 04 May 2012 01:13:39 UTC | #939490

ItsAllBunk's Avatar Comment 5 by ItsAllBunk

This, IMO, is a manifestation of the same arrogance that leads people to believe an infinite creator would actually care about anything they do or say.

Fri, 04 May 2012 01:42:40 UTC | #939496

Agrajag's Avatar Comment 6 by Agrajag

I'm Harold Camping and I approved this message.


;-)

Fri, 04 May 2012 02:04:18 UTC | #939502

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 7 by QuestioningKat

I understand that the Mayans are laughing at us. Laughing all the way to the bank.

Fri, 04 May 2012 02:08:36 UTC | #939504

Quine's Avatar Comment 8 by Quine

Re Comment 7 by QuestioningKat, we need to abrogate their copyright.

Fri, 04 May 2012 02:11:47 UTC | #939506

Zeuglodon's Avatar Comment 9 by Zeuglodon

Comment 7 by QuestioningKat

I understand that the Mayans are laughing at us.

They're not the only ones. I'm ROTFL here. You honestly couldn't make this kind of absurdity up if you tried. The Monty Python crew must have made a sketch about doomsayers somewhere...

Fri, 04 May 2012 02:54:22 UTC | #939516

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 10 by mordacious1

Being immortal, I'm positive that the world is going to end in my lifetime. Or is that immoral? Okay, now I'm confused.

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:01:56 UTC | #939521

Chomolungma's Avatar Comment 11 by Chomolungma

The Mayan 2012 prophecy provides an opportunity for rationalists. When the world fails to end in December, and in fact nothing at all noteworthy happens, there will be a lot of disillusioned New Agey types ripe for abandoning their woo-woo beliefs. Perhaps some kind of "don't you feel silly now?" media blitz can be prepared in advance for the weeks after it is supposed to happen.

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:06:49 UTC | #939523

xsjadolateralus's Avatar Comment 12 by xsjadolateralus

Comment 11 by Chomolungma :

The Mayan 2012 prophecy provides an opportunity for rationalists. When the world fails to end in December, and in fact nothing at all noteworthy happens, there will be a lot of disillusioned New Agey types ripe for abandoning their woo-woo beliefs. Perhaps some kind of "don't you feel silly now?" media blitz can be prepared in advance for the weeks after it is supposed to happen.

Yes!

I've been thinking this all along. We need to capitalize on this. When the world continues and everything is the same we have a rare opportunity to ride the wave of sensibility a lot of people will feel after being flat out proven wrong. Hopefully they simply move on and give up, but history seems to go the other way. They simply "recalculate", like a trekker speaking into their make believe transponder. Notice, no calculation has been done and yet they come up with a new distant date so they can gather credulousness over time.

Time heals all wounds, even gaping holes in your logic. People will forget they were wrong just like they forgot what and how much they drank last night before they blacked out.

So, yes, let's use this and make campaigns specifically aimed at this sort of crisis.

We can have something about 'the morning after' in reference to the a hard night of drinking. They should be able to relate.

"You know what it's like to stay out all night, ignore responsibilities and get hammered, right? But what about the day after?"

And show any number of millions of photos of drunk people, hugging porcelain.

"You know you're wrong and you'll regret it"

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:39:32 UTC | #939524

DefenderOfReason!'s Avatar Comment 13 by DefenderOfReason!

Whenever I think of these doomsdayers I think of the following quote. It sums things up nicely.

"People who have read nothing, and who can barely crack a book or a comic without frowning deeply, are signaling wildly about the latest rumour they picked up (no doubt in the original medieval Latin) from Nostradamus. I am tired of this already."

Christopher Hitchens, 1996

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:42:35 UTC | #939525

ccr5Delta32's Avatar Comment 14 by ccr5Delta32

I'll wager that the world will not end in my lifetime .The good thing is if I loose I'll never have to pay up Any bets anyone ? Mr Camping !

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:44:39 UTC | #939526

Cartomancer's Avatar Comment 15 by Cartomancer

The claims in the first sentence-paragraph of this article are very misleading.

Apparently

Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012

I shall leave aside the uncertainty as to whether this is supposed to be 10% of the original 15% or 10% of the whole global population (and therefore two-thirds of that 15%), because the survey question as asked shows neither such thing. According to the information later in the article the survey merely asks whether respondents think the world could end in 2012. It does not mention the Mayan calendar in any way. I would be very surprised indeed if more than 10% of the world's population had even heard of the Mayan calendar, let alone gave it any credence as a source of apocalyptic prophecy.

Though I do think they should have at least tried to differentiate between people who thought some horrendous man-made disaster such as nuclear war was possible (which is true), people who thought some natural disaster could wipe us out (also true, but unlikely) and the benighted drooling nutcases who believed in superstitious apocalypse prophecies. These are not all aspects of the same phenomenon. People who are afraid of nuclear war have every reason to be afraid, people who are afraid of the Revelations of St. John the Divine coming true evidently do not.

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:48:09 UTC | #939529

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Comment 16 by Schrodinger's Cat

Comment 11 by Chomolungma

The Mayan 2012 prophecy provides an opportunity for rationalists. When the world fails to end in December, and in fact nothing at all noteworthy happens, there will be a lot of disillusioned New Agey types ripe for abandoning their woo-woo beliefs. Perhaps some kind of "don't you feel silly now?" media blitz can be prepared in advance for the weeks after it is supposed to happen.

You misunderestimate the sheer power of stupidity. When the world fails to end in 2012.....there will then be an entire industry devoted to explaining how the Mayans really meant 2013.

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:54:17 UTC | #939531

Perfect Tommy's Avatar Comment 17 by Perfect Tommy

And I become more of an misanthrope with each passing day. Sucker born every minute. I think that old saying should be modified to born every nanosecond.

Fri, 04 May 2012 04:03:59 UTC | #939534

rationalanoitar's Avatar Comment 18 by rationalanoitar

With 18 replies including mine, that means 2.5714 of us think the world is going to end. Hands up!

Fri, 04 May 2012 04:16:34 UTC | #939537

Quiddam's Avatar Comment 19 by Quiddam

I don't think there is any silly idea that you couldn't get 15% of people to agree with in a poll.

Fri, 04 May 2012 04:16:51 UTC | #939538

CameronKoch's Avatar Comment 20 by CameronKoch

This is crazy, the world is not going to end soon. It CERTAINLY will not end because the calendar of a dead civilization came to an end. Honestly, they couldn't even predict the end of their empire let alone the end of the world.

Fri, 04 May 2012 04:42:57 UTC | #939542

Rob_Pm's Avatar Comment 21 by Rob_Pm

Anyone for Kool-Aid?

Fri, 04 May 2012 05:05:55 UTC | #939545

sbooder's Avatar Comment 22 by sbooder

The Mayans believed they were at the middle of time since the creation of the world, hence why the calendar ends when it dose.

So with our knowledge today, they would have created a calendar that would put the end of time some 13.6 billion years from now.

Our Sun will dictate when the world ends, but this is not to say life on earth will not end sooner!

Fri, 04 May 2012 05:18:10 UTC | #939546

Metamag's Avatar Comment 23 by Metamag

Comment 2 by RW Millam :

I too believe the end of the world is coming. But in all likelihood, we're gonna have to wait for another few billion years -- I'm betting I won't be around to see it.

Actually the Earth will be pretty much a dead planet in only 800 million years due to aging of our sun, so it's not even 1 billion.

Fri, 04 May 2012 05:31:34 UTC | #939550

ZenDruid's Avatar Comment 24 by ZenDruid

Comment 11 by Chomolungma :

The Mayan 2012 prophecy provides an opportunity for rationalists. When the world fails to end in December, and in fact nothing at all noteworthy happens, there will be a lot of disillusioned New Agey types ripe for abandoning their woo-woo beliefs. Perhaps some kind of "don't you feel silly now?" media blitz can be prepared in advance for the weeks after it is supposed to happen.

Why not, say on the first of December, start the campaign of "How stupid are you going to look on the 22nd?...Just asking."

Fri, 04 May 2012 05:48:21 UTC | #939554

Phil65's Avatar Comment 25 by Phil65

compared to 22 percent in Turkey and the United States

Hmm, not too far off from the legendary 27% figure we see so often. Perhaps the 5% difference is explained by those who think Obama won't be reelected.

Fri, 04 May 2012 05:49:58 UTC | #939555

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Comment 26 by Schrodinger's Cat

Comment 3 by Neodarwinian

I see the Turkey connection rears it's ugly head again!

Sounds about right.....what with the end of the world happening around Xmas.

Fri, 04 May 2012 05:55:56 UTC | #939557

Quine's Avatar Comment 27 by Quine

We should start a tradition of having an official dance day on each of these end of world targets. Think of what a great composite video we would have at this point, if there had been dance days in the past.

Fri, 04 May 2012 06:20:24 UTC | #939562

ridelo's Avatar Comment 28 by ridelo

Seems a good idea going round and buying posessions at a price from the believers. So they can have a big ball before it all ends and you have a good investment. But beware of all the disappointees afterwards.

Fri, 04 May 2012 06:23:22 UTC | #939563

Raiko's Avatar Comment 29 by Raiko

I am fairly certain that for me the world will end at the end of MY lifetime.

That is the case for everyone, not necessarily at the same time.

Fri, 04 May 2012 06:29:58 UTC | #939565

ZenDruid's Avatar Comment 30 by ZenDruid

Comment 28 by ridelo :

... But beware of all the disappointees afterwards.

Disappointment is equivalent to martyrdom for the Troo Bleevers. Just tell 'em that you did them a favor. Dress rehearsal or something.

Fri, 04 May 2012 06:32:41 UTC | #939566