20 ways the world could end(as we know it)

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Some wackiness for sure. 30% of the ways covered are human causes. My favorite is the last one.

They cover it all here, from mass psychosis, to aliens, meteors,pandemics, global wars, gamma ray bursts and technology mishaps.
I think not
The last one reminded me of the movie "The Matrix"
Let's hear it for the hallucinogens!!!

Fun read anyway.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012 (external - login to view)

2012 is sometimes claimed to be a year of spiritual transformation (or apocalypse (external - login to view)). Many esoteric sources interpret the completion of the thirteenth B'ak'tun (external - login to view) cycle in the Long Count (external - login to view) of the Maya calendar (external - login to view) (which occurs on December 21 (external - login to view) by the most widely held correlation) to mean there will be a major change in world order, although there is a distinct lack of evidence from the extant records of the pre-Columbian (external - login to view) Maya civilization (external - login to view) that they themselves considered this occurrence in 2012 would signify the end of the world (external - login to view).
Accordingly, several eclectic authors claim that a major, world-changing event will take place in 2012:
  • The 1995 book The Mayan Prophecies (external - login to view) linked the Maya calendar with long-period sunspot cycles.
  • The book 2012:Mayan Year of Destiny (external - login to view) claims the Maya may have been instructed in their wisdom by discarnate entities from Orion and the Pleiades. Contact was maintained through shamanic rituals conducted in accordance with the movements of planets and stars.
  • The 1997 book The Bible Code (external - login to view) claims that, according to certain algorithms of the Bible code (external - login to view), a meteor, asteroid or comet will collide with the Earth.
  • The book The Nostradamus Code speaks of a series of natural disasters caused by a comet (possibly as above) which will allow the third anti-christ to disperse his troops around the globe under the guise of aid in preparation for a nuclear war.
  • The book The Orion Prophecy claims that the Earth's magnetic field will reverse.
  • The 2006 book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck (external - login to view) discusses theories of a possible global awakening to psychic connection by the year 2012, creating a Noosphere (external - login to view). It also discusses many other aspects of the 2012 phenomenon from a neutral perspective.
Other prophecies and apopolyptic writings and hypotheses for this year include:
  • Terence McKenna (external - login to view)'s mathematical novelty theory (external - login to view) predicts a point of singularity (external - login to view) in which humankind will go through a great shift in consciousness.
  • The Prophecy of the Popes (external - login to view), attributed to Saint Malachy (external - login to view), speculated that Pope Benedict XVI (external - login to view) would reign during the beginning of the tribulation (external - login to view) of which Jesus (external - login to view) spoke, and sometime later a future pope described in the prophecy (external - login to view) as "Peter the Roman", the last in this prophetic list, would appear, bringing as a result the destruction of the city of Rome (external - login to view) and the Last Judgement (external - login to view).
  • Many new age (external - login to view) spiritualists and philosophers ("new-agers") believe humankind will enter an age of enlightenment in 2012.[citation needed (external - login to view)] There are a range of varying, generally positive, beliefs shared by a subset of spiritualists from the mundane to exceptional -- including a positive social shift and age of peace, mankind becoming psychic and connected by a collective, and/or an evolution of the human race into non-corporeal beings made of "spiritual" energy, or light energy.[citation needed (external - login to view)] An alternative view is that we are already thought-forms (see also idealism (external - login to view)) and will be realizing our true selves in this year.[citation needed (external - login to view)]
  • Some alien-enthusiasts, along with some new-agers, believe 2012 to correspond approximately with the return of alien "watchers" or "caretakers" who might have helped the first human civilizations with developing their technology and may have been waiting for us to reach a higher level of technological and/or social advancement.[citation needed (external - login to view)] Beliefs range from the extra-terrestrials having benevolent purposes -- such as to help human society evolve -- to malevolent purposes -- such as enslavement of mankind and/or manipulation.[citation needed (external - login to view)]
  • The ascetic Buddhist monk Ram Bahadur Bomjon (external - login to view) reportedly told his followers that he will return around 2012.
  • Some proponents of a peak oil (external - login to view) catastrophe place major events in 2012. Richard C. Duncan (external - login to view)'s book The Peak of World Oil Production and the Road To The Olduvai Gorge (external - login to view) claims that the Olduvai cliff (external - login to view) will begin and permanent blackouts (external - login to view) will occur worldwide. Several studies predict a peak in oil production in or around 2012. [8] (external - login to view) [9] (external - login to view) [10]

[edit (external - login to view)] Astrological predictions

Several authors have predicted a special astrological/astronomical alignment between the Galactic center in the constellation of Sagittarius, the Winter Solstice point, and the constellation of the Pleiades (external - login to view). Factually, the coincidence of the Winter Solstice point (due to the precession (external - login to view) of the Equinoxes) and the galactic center is basically true.
However, the opposition of the Pleiades is not true. The Pleiades are located in the constellation of Taurus, and lie at an angle of about 150 degrees to the Galactic Center. The Pleiades would have to be located in the constellation of Gemini to be close to being in opposition, or a 180 degree angle.
Further, the proper motion (external - login to view) of the stars in the Pleiades Cluster is such that they moving across the sky relative to Earth. This takes place quite slowly as seen on the human time scale. Three million years ago the Pleiades were seen near the constellation of Cassiopeia. Three million years in the future, they will appear near the feet of Orion. This is easily validated using freeware programs such as Move A Star[11] (external - login to view), which allows one to seen the proper motion of stars over an extended period of time.
The Pleiades have never been, and never will be, in 'opposition' to the galactic center as seen from Earth.
I like the fact you state (as we know it). We could not destroy the world. We could destroy ourselves. Give it a few thousand years and the earth will bounce back from anything we could do to it.

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