In 10 days, I’ll stop talking about the Mayan apocalypse.
We’re not there yet, though, so let’s take a look back at all the doomsday stuff we’ve witnessed over the past year, and what’s going on right now. It’ll be…fun? Well, as fun as the end of the world can be.
We Talk About It
- 5 Curious Facts About The Year 2012. Where it all started (here, anyway).
- 2012: A Self-Fulfilling Apocalypse? Musings on the possibility that our belief in an apocalypse could inadvertently cause one (you know, a self-fulfilling prophecy). Contains some info on the Global Consciousness Project.
- What To Do If You Can’t Afford An Underground Bunker. Useful (read: worthless) tips on how to protect yourself if you can’t buy a room in a fancy underground resort.
- The Dark Side Of End Times Prophecies. Even if the world doesn’t end, bad things can happen when people predict doom.
- A Broken Artifact Adds To The Doomsday Fire. When a 1,000-year-old volcanic rock skull, said to “enable mankind to survive an apocalypse,” gets chipped during a photo shoot, only then do we realize how doomed we are.
- 1 In 7 Believe The Apocalypse Will Occur In Their Lifetime. 1 in 7. 1 in 11. I’ve heard it both ways. The point is, quite a few people believe something will happen.
- Chinese Man Constructs “Noah’s Ark” To Survive The Apocalypse. In which someone takes things a little too far.
And World Governments Respond
Oh, sure. We can write our silly articles about some prophecy or another. But it’s when people take this stuff seriously that things can get…dark.
That’s why several world governments and other agencies have spoken out against the idea of a Mayan apocalypse. Most are serious, others not so much.
- NASA: “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” NASA has been quite active in dispelling the doomsday myths this year, putting out press releases and videos debunking several of the myths surrounding December 21, 2012. Check out this article to see one such video.
- Survive The Apocalypse With SETI’s Doomsday 2012 Fact Sheet. Even the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence is in on the action, and they’ll even be having a live discussion about it tonight (December 11, 2012) at 10:00 p.m. CST.
- Russia Prepares For The Apocalypse. Madness sweeps Russia as worried citizens buy survival supplies and…build Mayan-style archways. Weird.
- U.S. Government Responds To Mayan Doomsday. The U.S. government posts a statement on their official blog telling everyone to calm down.
Last week, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard broke the serious trend and addressed her “dear remaining fellow Australians” in an online video:
And finally, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a tongue-in-cheek “study” regarding the negative impact the coming apocalypse will have on important medical research, despite the potential “zombie repopulation” that may follow afterwards.
“There is a great deal of speculation concerning the end of the world in December 2012, coinciding with the end of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (the “Maya calendar”). Such an event would undoubtedly affect population survival and, thus, survival outcomes in clinical trials.
Here, we discuss how the outcomes of clinical trials may be affected by the extinction of all mankind and recommend appropriate changes to their conduct. In addition, we use computer modelling to show the effect of the apocalypse on a sample clinical trial.”
Check out the full study here: The Mayan Doomsday’s effect on survival outcomes in clinical trials.
But Do Most People Care?
That’s the question, though, isn’t it? I’ve already “lamented” the mainstream public’s general apathy regarding this year’s apocalypse, mostly because I enjoy a good doomsday prophecy.
2012 is certainly no Y2K.
But I guess it’s a good thing most people aren’t worrying about it. In fact, these days it’s almost like people are bored of weird prophecies or, worse, that they’ve got other, more important things to worry about.
Oh, well. There’s always a new prophecy out there. And who knows? Maybe something will happen on December 21…