ANSWERS: 15
  • Of course.
  • The article aptly refers to Sagan's words, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." The doomsday predictors have not carried their burden of proof.
  • wonderful article, thanks keithold +5
  • Yes if it is thorough and honest.
  • Nope, and even if it did, the hype would just be replaced six months later with a new doomsday prophecy just as silly as the last.
  • Possibly, to an extent, but there will always be the doomsday hype and "Armageddon" theories. It seems to be a psychological need for many. Not sure why, but it has existed in every generation. Some comes from misreadings of Biblical texts and some comes from modern Sci-fi and pseudo-science, i.e., "The Late Great Planet Earth". But, it always sells,..so it will always be around.
  • They don't have to beat it. They just have to wait until the doomsday hype is exposed for what it was: hype.
  • I have been trying to debunk this since late 2006m ostly on another site. Does not seem to make any difference, the questions come thick and fast and the number seem to be increasing. Nearly all of them are from kids 13 - 16 judging by the atrocious spelling and the woeful grammar. I do not know how many scenarios have been advanced, at least two dozen ranging from Nibiru to bees dying. We are afraid of child suicides and neuroses being caused by these evil myths, keep in mind the 16 year old girl in Madya Pradesh, India who suicided about 9 September 2008 over idiotic rumours about the LHC. Several of us are spending hours every day on this but quite frankly it gets you down after a while. The trouble is that the kids have no idea how to run an internet search, they just type "2012" into Google and get thousands of hits with the worst kind of junk web site on top. On top of that the average 14 year old has next to no scientific knowledge and no critical sense. They have no idea that the frauds posing as "researchers" on TV shows and YouTube clips are the opposite of scientists. I have had them emailing me insisting that these people are scientists even after I have posted material, backed up with hyperlinks to good sites demonstrating that the supposed evidence is fraudulent. What can you do? Ask the kids where these people publish? The kids have never even heard of peer-reviewed journals like Nature or Science, let alone Physical Review etc. There are even a few of them claiming that their teachers have told them about it. Now it's possible that they have got their wires crossed but I've seen the story a half dozen times. Even if you manage to half convince tham that the Mayan day count has been misinterpreted and that maybe planets X and Nibiru don't exist, they still imagine that "something" is going to happen. The clear evidence that it is mostly profits not prophets involved seems to go in one ear and out the other. This stuff needs to be clearly dismembered in the schools. Posting factual and rational blogs and answers on Q & A sites is fine, but it's only reaching a minority and most of those are already skeptical enough to at least ask. This site belongs to an internet acquaintance, check it out if you like and leave a comment http://www.2012hoax.org/
  • Via logic, yes.
  • No science has the power of any hype or hysteria which regenerates itself again and again.......
  • Science caused it
  • By all accounts I've seen; science is starting to prove the doomsday hype is, at least possible. W/ every year becoming probable. When will this doomsday take place? That's something no one has foolproof evidence of yet. And if they do, they're not telling us.
  • I thought NASA did already.
  • Of course, all "science" has to do is wait until the latest nonsense passes. Will it ever 'beat' all hype? No, people are way too gullible.
  • Are you kidding??? Science created most of it! Pollution, global warming, energy crises, asteroid strikes, etc, have all been trumpeted by scientists over the years.

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