The End Is Near

The End Is Near

Have you ever heard the phrase “To the ends of the Earth?”
How many ends does the Earth have anyway? Well, Earth is a globe, so technically it has no end, but looked at from a different perspective it could also be said to have an infinite number of ends. Having passed two recent biblical apocalypses predicted by Harold Camping, missing out on a Nibiru that utterly failed to materialize, and narrowly squeaking by the Mayan apocalypse by finding the next calender what is left?

While the video is really quite pretty it really does not offer any information, but the description that goes along with it delivers all the gory and contradictory details:

SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS globally are predicting and expecting that 3 years from now, all life on Earth may well come to an end. Some are saying it’ll be we humans that would set it off. Others believe that a natural disasterous phenomenon will be the cause. And the religious folks are saying it’ll be God himself who would press the stop and restart button. The following are some likely arguments as to why the world would end by the year 2015. Go through them and leave your view in comments.

Reason one: Mayan calendar
The first to predict 2015 as the end of the world were the Mayans, a bloodthirsty race that were good at two things — building highly accurate astrological equipment out of stone and sacrificing virgins.
Thousands of years ago they managed to calculate the length of the lunar moon as 329.53020 days, only 34 seconds out. The Mayan calendar predicts that the earth will end on MAY 15, 2015. Given that they were pretty close to the mark with the lunar cycle, it’s likely they’ve got the end of the world right as well.

Whoa, talk about “been there done that!” The Mayans must have really wanted to cover all the bases. They predicted the end in 2012, and just in case maybe their computations were wrong they went ahead and predicted another apocalypse in 2015. Pretty good for a culture that could not predict their own demise, or invent the wheel.

Reason two: Sun storms
Solar experts from around the world monitoring the sun have made a startling discovery. Our sun is in a bit of strife. The energy output of the sun is, like most things in nature, cyclic and it’s supposed to be in the middle of a period of relative stability. However, recent solar storms have been bombarding the earth with lot of radiation energy. It’s been knocking out power grids and destroying satellites. This activity is predicted to get worse and calculations suggest it’ll reach its deadly peak sometime in 2015.

And the last few billion years of enduring solar storms has not wiped out the Earth, so while solar activity may be increasing, there is no reason to suspect it will destroy anything more than cell phone reception and satellite TV.

Reason three: The atom smasher
Scientists in Europe have been building the world’s largest particle accelerator. Basically, its a 27 km tunnel designed to smash atoms together to find out what makes the universe tick. However, the mega-gadget has caused serious concern, with some scientists suggesting that it’s properly even a bad idea to turn it on in the first place. They’re predicting all manner of deadly results, including mini black holes. So when this machine is fired up for its first serious experiment in 2015, the world could be crushed into a super-dense blob the size of a basketball.

I think you got the date a little wrong on this one. Cern is up and running and happily humming away knocking out those Higg’s Bosons. No black holes yet. Even if they are created, all the models show that quantum black holes evaporate as soon as they are created and pose no real danger. If you are going to accept the model that predicts them, you have a hard time refuting that same model that says they are no threat.

Reason four: The Bible says it
If having scientists warning us about the end of the world isn’t bad enough, religious folks are getting in on the act as well. Interpretations of the Christian Bible reveal that the date for Armageddon, the final battle between good an evil, has been set for 2015. The I Ching, also known as the Chinese Book of Changes, says the same thing, as do various sections of the Hindu teachings.

Really, none of them offer dates. What dates there are come from subjective interpretations based on a multitude of assumptions and if you wish to use any of these holy books as source material you must first prove the validity of the chosen book. (here we go)

Reason five: Super volcano
Yellowstone National Park in United States is famous for its thermal springs and old faithful geyser. The reason for this is simple — it’s sitting on top of the world’s biggest volcano and geological experts are beginning to get nervous sweats. The Yellowstone volcano has a pattern of erupting every 650,000 years or so, and we’re many years overdue for an explosion that will fill the atmosphere with ash, blocking the sun and plunging the earth into a frozen winter that could last up to 15,000 years. The pressure under the Yellowstone is building steadily, and geologists have set 2015 as a likely date for the big bang.

Yes, Yellowstone is super volcano, but while earthquakes are wholly unpredictable, volcanic eruptions offer up many signs of their occurrence prior to the actual event. And actually it is not yet overdue as the last activity, the Lava Creek eruption is dated at 640,000 years ago. 10,000 to go, but we will consider ourselves warned.

Reason six: The physicists
This one’s case of bog — simple maths mathematics. Physicists at Berkely University have been crunching the numbers. They’ve determined that the earth is well overdue for a major catastrophic event. Even worse, they’re claiming that their calculations prove that we’re all going to die, very soon. They are also saying that their prediction comes with a certainty of 99 per cent; and 2015 just happens to be the best guess as to when it occurs.

Welcome to reality. Random events have had catastrophic effects upon the life on this planet. Key word being random. There is no mathematics that predicts a random event to occur.

Reason seven: Earth’s magnetic field
We all know the Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that shields us from most of the sun’s radiation. What you might not know is that the magnetic poles we call North and South have a nasty habit of swapping places every 750,000 years or so — and right now we’re about 30,000 years overdue. Scientists have noted that the poles are drifting apart roughly 20-30 kms each year, much faster than ever before, which points to a pole-shift being right around the corner. While the pole shift is under way, the magnetic field is disrupted and will eventually disappear, sometimes for up to 100 years. The result is enough UV outdoors to crisp your skin in seconds, killing everything it touches

It is actually quite simple to measure the degree to which the poles shift. For the last 200 million years that shift has been measured at 0.2 degrees every million years. There have been reversals in the poles, but these events are non-cyclic and so thoroughly unpredictable. Debate is still open about the effects. Some experts theorize the magnetic field disappears briefly during a reversal, which would allow the Earth to be bombarded with devastating radiation. Others say it is significantly more likely that a polar shift happens with the magnetic field in place so satellites, terrestrial navigation, probably power systems and migratory birds would all be affected, and life would be disrupted but not destroyed. There is no solid evidence linking polar shifts throughout Earth’s history to extinction events.

It is just amazing to me that all of these events, though completely unrelated to each other all come to bring about the ultimate demise of all life on Earth in the same year. Each event is offered as being supported by definitive proof and expert analysis despite several of them already being proven wrong.

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Henry Paterson