Every Reason Not To Worry About Doomsday In 2012

Image credits: Harold Edgerton (1964), NASA. Edit: Ian O'Neill

In today’s 365 Days of Astronomy, Cameron Hummels and Josh Schroeder from Columbia University, New York, discuss the 2012 doomsday hype. And it is awesome. The special thing about this podcast is that Cameron (who is working toward a PhD in astronomy) is clear, concise, and makes the whole crackpot 2012 doomsday scenario sound as petty as it really is.

In 10 minutes, the pair run through ancient prophecy, Mayan calendars, Planet X, galactic alignment and solar flares (to name a few) and carry out possibly one of the most comprehensive debunking efforts I have ever heard. They pretty much summed up all of my “No Doomsday in 2012″ articles with a huge helping of skeptical thinking, plus extras, pointing out that all the doomsday hype is driven by little more than a small group of irresponsible individuals wanting to make some fast money from people’s fear.

Congratulations Cameron Hummels and Josh Schroeder, you’ve just scored one huge point for rational thinking and produced a wonderful celebration of scientific endeavour!

Go to the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast page to listen in »

Show description:

An increasing number of people believe that December 21, 2012 will mark the end of the world. Proponents of this idea cite diverse astronomical reasons for an imminent apocalypse: the end of the Mayan long-count calendar; an alignment between the Solar System and the Milky Way; the solar sunspot cycle reaching an all-time high; the reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field; and a devastating collision with ‘Planet X’. Tune in to hear to the facts and controversy surrounding this purported impending disaster.

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7 responses to “Every Reason Not To Worry About Doomsday In 2012

  1. Oh sure, it’s all fun and games until some science types just hafta toss in actual facts, like hand grenades, into the conspiracy theorists well crafted delusions! Now where do we go to have fun?

  2. I myself do not believe in the 2012 conspiracy. Im gonna sit back and chill while everyone else is scared. Gonna download the postcast now and listen to it.

  3. I myself do not believe in the 2012 conspiracy. Im gonna sit back and chill while everyone else is scared. Gonna download the postcast now and listen to it.

  4. i am so affraid of doomsday 2012 to the extent of i am seeing a shrink about it .recent doomsday predictions havnt phased me but this one has realy struk a cord ,with the wether being verry out of caractor in england this year it worrys me even more all i know is if it happens or i hear of anything that sugests the world is going to end i will take my own life first, im am a normal lass and never had such crazy ideas but this has realy turned my life upside down

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