Debunking the Apocalypse

So when it comes to the apocalypse, there’s good news and bad news.  The good news is that NASA, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and virtually every other reputable scientific organization have debunked all of the apocalypse scenarios that have been put forth.  The bad news is people are still freaking out about it.

DoomsdayEarthThere’s nothing wrong with people that are still “a little concerned.” No, the ones to worry about are individuals that, even after being reassured by the greatest minds of our time, are still holed up in a bunker somewhere with a shotgun and a can of SpaghettiOs.

These people cannot be helped by taunting, education is the only way for people to change.  For example, one of the theories centered on how the world will end on Friday is that a “rogue planet” named Nibiru, which was apparently discovered by the ancient Samarians, will crash into Earth and annihilate all life.  People are always entitled to their beliefs but let’s look at some facts before we start selling all our worldly possessions.

IF there were a “rogue planet” that was 2 days away from hitting Earth, it would be the brightest thing in the sky.  It would be visible from all places on the planet and would, by now, be larger than the moon.

The dominant “theory” which has persisted through all the talk of a December Apocalypse is the ending of the Mayan Calendar.  To most believers it is the nail in the coffin for all the people that doubt them. Phrases such as, “How can you be so oblivious?  Don’t you know the Mayan calendar is ending,” have become commonplace.

There are many responses to this question but the simplest answer is this: Yes, this cycle of the Mayan calendar is ending.  The Mayans depicted their calendar on large, circular stone tablets that end every 394 years.  The truth is that just because archaeologists haven’t found the calendar for the next cycle doesn’t mean that the world is going to end.  Maybe it was destroyed.  Or maybe the Mayans decided that since they had 394 years, maybe they’d wait a while before carving it out.  Unfortunately, the Mayan civilization died out long ago so we will never know the truth.

For a complete list of theories and the scientific response to them, check out this fact sheet from the helpful people at SETI.

In the meantime, just try and stay calm.

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2 Responses to Debunking the Apocalypse

  1. Look out… the end of the world is coming… again lol

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