|Doomsday in 2012?|
Throughout history humankind have always stayed in denial and refused to acknowledge the ominous signs of oncoming disaster until it’s too late — it's in our very nature. When it finally strikes many people die, mostly the expendable poor — the top rich usually have access to the first-hand information and always manage to save their hides. Volcano eruptions, Katrina, Bhopal, Chernobyl, WW2, Mad Cows, etc, etc are a shining example of social class inequalities.
Is the Apocalypse due?
On one hand, our civilization is in the state of flux — there're too many people on this planet for the available resources and the insatiable appetite of the greedy bunch, so, like it or not, the problem has to be addressed. If we don’t (a virus is a useful tool, although contamination is doing a great job, too), Nature will.
Species that can't keep its number in balance is doomed to die out due to starvation when it destroys its habitat, in the animal world predators are key to population control, humans are supposed to know better.
|Meteorite hitting the Earth.|
‘But the chance of planetary annihilation by this means "is totally miniscule," experimental physicist Greg Landsberg at Brown University in Providence, R.I. told Live Science.
So there is a “minuscule” chance of messing it all up, he didn’t say “the chance is 0” for some reason (by the same token I have no more confidence in scientists than in pseudo scientists, prophets, or soothsayers) — that’s what I mean when I say that even the most absurd theory has an infinitesimal chance of proving true. For my money, if any apocalyptic cataclysm is going to happen it’ll be almost certainly of our own making, to put it more exactly, we’ll owe it to the scientists who brought this planet to the brink of disaster by providing the necessary tools for greedy plunderers.