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The End Is Nigh! Time to Go Shopping

“Why did the government make an announcement not to worry about 2012?… Is this a conspiracy? And if NASA is not worried about Dec 21, why did the head of NASA make a video warning NASA employees to prepare for disaster?” — question on NASA’s Ask an Astrobiologist Being a lazy person at heart, I [...]

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Psychology Reveals the Comforts of the Apocalypse

December 21, according to much-hyped misreadings of the Mayan calendar, will mark the end of the world. It’s not the first “end is nigh” proclamation—and it’s unlikely to be the last. That’s because, deep down for various reasons, there’s something appealing—at least to some of us—about the end of the world.   Enjoy the Self-Fulfilling [...]

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Why We’re Suckers for Stories of the Apocalypse

scientific american September 2010 cover

For rational people, dismissing the silliness around the supposed end of the world on May 21 is all too easy. In case you haven’t heard, Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping has done some questionable math based on Biblical writing to determine that the faithful will be "raptured" tomorrow and that nonbelievers will be left behind [...]

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