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A NASA scientist lays down the truth about 2012

I’ve written quite a few posts about 2012, as I’m a fan of science and the truth, and I hate bullshit, particularly anti-science bullshit.

Lots of people are spreading rumours and non-science rubbish about 2012, some of them to make money. One of the worst lies is that NASA knows that something will happen in 2012 and they’re keeping quiet about it. It’s not true.

A NASA scientist called David Morrison has been bombarded by questions about 2012 on the ‘Ask an Astrobiologist’ section of the NASA website. It’s heart-breaking that this guy has spared time to answer scientific questions from the public, but has received over 5000 questions about this 2012 nonsense, including threats for denying its existence.

Here’s his response to all this bullshit.

Now stop it! And go and ask him some real scientific questions

Want to see some more David Morisson? He gave a long, but very entertaining lecture about 2012 that can be watched here.


The Equation of Nonsense

I’ve always been fascinated by why people believe weird things, particularly the totally illogical ones. I delved into this world when I researched my 2012 blog posts, and there seemed to be a pattern behind a lot of the crazy beliefs, particularly in the way they’re constructed.

Based on this I’ve made my own equation for nonsense. I’ve seen that the more successful illogical beliefs tend to have a number of common features, and the more of these features they can fit into one crazy story, the more people will believe the story and defend it passionately.

I’ve tried to capture this in my equation (don’t get excited, there isn’t any maths), and I’ve used it to make my own insane myth.

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Worried about the end of the world in 2012? Then know these things, and relax

The internet is awash with tales of how the Earth will end in December 2012. There are books, viral videos, there’s a Hollywood film, scare stories on the news, and you can even buy survival guides.


Well don’t be. It’s all nonsense.

Don’t believe me? Well read the following 20 points, then relax.

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The Mayan Apocalypse of 2012: Part 5 – Why is it so popular?

I’ve written four posts so far about the end of the world in 2012, the first was about the Mayan roots of the myth (it turned out its nothing to do with the Maya really), and the second, third and fourth posts looked at the different events that have been predicted to cause the end our world, from planet Nibiru to solar storms to polar shifts. A lot of them were nonsense, a few possible, but there is no reason to believe they would happen on the 21st of December 2012.

I’ve enjoyed writing these posts more than I thought I would, I learnt how the Mayan Long Count calendar works, and I’ve read some awe inspiring, and quite frankly fun ideas about how the world could end. However almost everything I’ve read was complete nonsense, and often strayed into the realms of the ridiculous.

But if all of this is nonsense, why are so many people worried about December 2012?

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The Mayan Apocalypse of 2012: Part 4 – Polar Shifts & Super Volcanoes

Heard the world’s going to end in 2012?

This is post number 4, this time I’ll be looking at some of the predicted geological causes of destruction; super volcanoes, a polar shift and crustal displacement.

In the first post I looked at the Mayan roots of the prophecy, and found that there weren’t any, the 2012 myth is the produce of modern Western culture, not ancient Mayan culture. In post 2 I looked at Nibiru and cosmic alignments, and in post 3 I looked at solar storms and impacts from space.

So is a polar shift going to cause a crustal displacement, unleashing enormous earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions and destroying our civilization? Read on…
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Panspermia: did life on Earth come from space? – Part 3, Richard Hoover & cyanobacteria from space

In two previous posts I’ve looked at different versions of panspermia, the idea that life may have originated elsewhere in our Galaxy and may have travelled to our planet early in its formation, giving rise to all of the life we see on Earth today.

In post 1 I introduced the idea, and looked at how simple bacterial life could travel to the Earth, and in post 2 I looked at some more extreme versions of panspermia, including the idea that intelligent aliens could have deliberately seeded the Earth with life.

You may have also seen in the news recently that a NASA scientist called Richard Hoover has claimed he has found fossilized bacteria in a number of meteorites.

What does this mean for panspermia? Unfortunately, probably not much. Find out why…

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The Mayan Apocalypse of 2012: Part 3 – Solar Storms & Meteor Impacts

So you’ve heard that the world may be coming to an end on the 21st of December 2012, as predicted by the ancient Maya?

Interested in finding out the truth? Then read these posts.

In part 1 I looked at the Mayan basis of the myth and found out that there actually isn’t one, the Maya never predicted the end of the world. In part 2 I looked at how planet Nibiru and cosmic alignments could harm the Earth, and found out that Nibiru doesn’t exist, and that cosmic alignments are totally harmless.

In this post I’ll continue to look at possible causes of destruction from space, focussing on solar storms and a possible impact from an asteroid or comet. As before, I’ll look at the theory and evidence with an open and fair mind.

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