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(New York Daily News)   One in 10 believe world is ending in 2012, one in seven believe it will end in their lifetime   (nydailynews.com) divider line 191
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2012-05-03 12:39:04 PM  
it is no coincidence, subby, that about 15% (a bit more than 1-in-7) of the population are defined as moderately, severely, or profoundly retarded: Link
 
2012-05-03 01:14:50 PM  

Lucky LaRue: it is no coincidence, subby, that about 15% (a bit more than 1-in-7) of the population are defined as moderately, severely, or profoundly retarded: Link


Depressing as it seems, I don't see an overlap. A retarded person is usually, by definition, incapable of comprehending the end of time. A person of high intelligence and curiosity probably grasps it just well enough to be shaken into wanting to think about something else.

It's the in-between, the Wal-Mart shopper, if you will, who is incapable of comprehending simultaneously their own uniqueness and their own irrelevance to the universe, who needs some philosophical astroturf in which to put down roots. The same inability to understand the vast gulf between linear and logarithmic, and that allows them to spend $5 on a lottery ticket, allows them an equally myopic view of time, where their own life is of some significance to the world, which implies that the universe must be affected equally greatly by their departure.

Life goes on, in large part, because the universe doesn't care if Mabel J. Lipschitz lives or dies, any more than picking one right number on the lottery means you're 20% of the way to winning, even if we don't understand or accept this. Mabel can say she thinks the world is going to end in 2012, but I would bet dollars to donuts she isn't actually cashing in her 401k to go on a trip the last few months.

If there was a god or a heaven, or an afterlife, we would have found out about it, and the sheer weight of knowing our own unimportance would probably be so burdensome that we would not be viable as a species. The desire to reproduce is the ultimate proof that god is either imaginary or irrelevant.

(I know there are tragic exceptions, but thankfully, that degree of delusional behavior is actually pretty rare)
 
2012-05-03 01:18:33 PM  
Just you wait until I figure out how to pronounce ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
 
2012-05-03 01:27:52 PM  
I can deal with these people once I figure out how to get this cake attached to my Total Perspective Vortex. Thank you for NOTHING, Radio Shack!
 
2012-05-03 01:29:17 PM  
When I die all the rest of you are just going to evaporate anyway
 
2012-05-03 01:38:05 PM  
Some days I think I would like to see 'the end'. Morbid curiosity I guess.
 
2012-05-03 02:25:02 PM  
I see this as both arrogance of the importance of modern times and ignorance of history. I've heard more than once "things are so bad right now with the economy and all these wars" from people who seemingly never heard of what happened from 1929 to 1945.
 
2012-05-03 02:28:05 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I see this as both arrogance of the importance of modern times and ignorance of history. I've heard more than once "things are so bad right now with the economy and all these wars" from people who seemingly never heard of what happened from 1929 to 1945.


I think it's been "The End Times" for about 400 years now

/and probably a lot longer
//people worry most about shiat that never happens
 
2012-05-03 03:05:10 PM  
Oh we should be so lucky.
 
2012-05-03 03:05:42 PM  
The world definitely ends in my lifetime. Once i die, that's the end of the world for me.
 
2012-05-03 03:06:15 PM  
I'm still hoping for Shadowrun

/We're already barreling headlong into a corporate police state. The ability to throw fireballs is a reasonable tradeoff.
 
2012-05-03 03:06:31 PM  
The world itself? No. Society as we know it, perhaps. It's going to be very expensive to eat within the next short while.
 
2012-05-03 03:07:59 PM  
You ever see the percentage of American's that believe in ghosts.....people are farking stupid.
 
2012-05-03 03:08:57 PM  
As a fundamentalist solipsist, I believe the world will end when I do.
 
2012-05-03 03:09:05 PM  
Nothing more than superstition and mythology.
 
2012-05-03 03:09:21 PM  

Haplo127x: The world itself? No. Society as we know it, perhaps. It's going to be very expensive to eat within the next short while.


I wonder how long before cats and/or dogs are considered food in this country.
 
2012-05-03 03:09:34 PM  

MisterTweak: *snip*


Well put, and basically what I wanted to say. Thank you.

/If I'm somebody who thinks what I post on the internet matters, am I one of the people you're talking about?
//Mind blown?
 
2012-05-03 03:09:50 PM  
Some people like to troll pollsters. Click for video.
 
2012-05-03 03:09:59 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think it's been "The End Times" for about 400 years now


2000, more like.
 
2012-05-03 03:10:01 PM  

Haplo127x: The world itself? No. Society as we know it, perhaps. It's going to be very expensive to eat within the next short while.


Tell me about it. I can't get a carry-out one topping large at Domino's for $5.99 any more. Now I have to pay $7.99. But it's now 3 toppings, so that part is better.
 
2012-05-03 03:10:20 PM  
They believe the world is ending? It already has!!! Look around you helen! We're standing at the threshold of hell!!!
 
2012-05-03 03:10:48 PM  

Sybarite: Just you wait until I figure out how to pronounce ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.


What? My mother was a saint!

www.jeboavatars.com
 
2012-05-03 03:11:25 PM  
If you meet one of these people ask them to assign legal ownership of all their stuff to you, effective January 1, 2013.
 
2012-05-03 03:11:47 PM  
The older I get, the less I believe that... statistics being what they are.
 
2012-05-03 03:12:01 PM  

Snapper Carr: I'm still hoping for Shadowrun

/We're already barreling headlong into a corporate police state. The ability to throw fireballs is a reasonable tradeoff.


Someone once compared d20 Modern to Shadowrun. Their premises seem similar on the surface, since both involve mixing iconic elements of high fantasy with modern technology. But in d20 Modern, most people cannot perceive the fantasy elements. I.e., if, say, a mage casts a fireball, a "mundane's" mind will perceive that he threw a grenade instead. Does Shadowrun work that way too? Or does it suppose everyone perceives the fantasy/technological world the same way?
 
2012-05-03 03:12:41 PM  
Gawd it's getting more and more embarrassing to live in America.
 
2012-05-03 03:12:56 PM  
Of course the world ends in your lifetime. That's called death.
 
2012-05-03 03:13:04 PM  
Completely exterminating an entire species from the face of the planet without actual intent is difficult at best. Humans are one of the most adaptable species ever to roam this filthy little rock.

Unless the Earth completely explodes or the temperature goes up a few hundred degrees there will be some of us left somewhere.

It may get unpleasant... but it's unlikely to "end" in a literal sense.
 
2012-05-03 03:13:33 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: When I die all the rest of you are just going to evaporate anyway


*snrk* You think you exist outside my head. It's so cute.
 
2012-05-03 03:14:08 PM  
I'm inclined to believe that the world has already ended.
 
2012-05-03 03:14:33 PM  
It will be interesting to see if the heat-death of the universe can kill me.
 
2012-05-03 03:14:36 PM  
Cannot be said enough: Link (not a Rickroll.)
 
2012-05-03 03:14:42 PM  
Does it count if I hope the world ends in 2012?


/Fallout here I come
 
2012-05-03 03:17:08 PM  
Did they mean the actual world, or humans?

I think the world will last far longer than we will.

The planet should repair itself quite nicely once we die off. Just depends how much damage we have done by then.
 
2012-05-03 03:17:19 PM  
We live in stupid times.
 
2012-05-03 03:17:37 PM  

bugontherug: Snapper Carr: I'm still hoping for Shadowrun

/We're already barreling headlong into a corporate police state. The ability to throw fireballs is a reasonable tradeoff.

Someone once compared d20 Modern to Shadowrun. Their premises seem similar on the surface, since both involve mixing iconic elements of high fantasy with modern technology. But in d20 Modern, most people cannot perceive the fantasy elements. I.e., if, say, a mage casts a fireball, a "mundane's" mind will perceive that he threw a grenade instead. Does Shadowrun work that way too? Or does it suppose everyone perceives the fantasy/technological world the same way?


Everyone is aware of the Reawakening of magic in Shadowrun, though some people have it and others don't.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go dig up my old 1st edition books and roll two big handfulls of d6s.
 
2012-05-03 03:18:17 PM  
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2012-05-03 03:18:29 PM  
Eh if it ends it ends. We had a good run. The thing that gets me though is all the survival shows on Discovery, Nat Geo, TLC and whereever else where they have a family go on about their shelter and how they can survive the end safe underground. Welll congrats guys you are king of a ruined world have fun with your paranoid shoot every stranger on sight philosophy.
 
2012-05-03 03:18:35 PM  

XplodedSynapses: The world definitely ends in my lifetime. Once i die, that's the end of the world for me.


Well, immediately AFTER your lifetime.
 
2012-05-03 03:18:42 PM  
I'm going to die in potato years. A retard told me so.
 
2012-05-03 03:18:43 PM  
If I were more optimistic, I'd hope for the end of Kali Yuga. But I'm not that optimistic. Either way, the human race will go on. About that I am optimistic. Well, realistic.
 
2012-05-03 03:18:45 PM  
can't you just go to the Hallmark store and pick up a new Mayan calendar good for the next thousand years. My old Smithsonian calendar ran out last year on December 31 2011 but the world didn't end I just bought a new calendar.
As far as the world ending in my lifetime, when I die it's over for me.
 
2012-05-03 03:19:03 PM  

bugontherug: in d20 Modern, most people cannot perceive the fantasy elements. I.e., if, say, a mage casts a fireball, a "mundane's" mind will perceive that he threw a grenade instead. Does Shadowrun work that way too? Or does it suppose everyone perceives the fantasy/technological world the same way?


In Shadowrun magic, etc. is perceived. I always thought the D20 Modern "people can't see fantasy" thing was stupid, anyways.
 
2012-05-03 03:19:27 PM  
When it finally does happen, at least we won't have to listen to the nutcases saying 'I told you so'.

Had a friend who was always spouting end-o-the-world scenarios and I had to tell him it would sure beat hearing him talk shiat about it.
 
2012-05-03 03:19:28 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: MaudlinMutantMollusk: When I die all the rest of you are just going to evaporate anyway

*snrk* You think you exist outside my head. It's so cute.


Who are you talking to?
 
2012-05-03 03:19:30 PM  
Assuming we get through to 2013 unscathed, is there a next End of Earth as we know it event already mapped out? I have been hearing about the 2012 thing for years, but I can't say I have heard of a 2017 thing or anything past 2012...other than that asteroid or comet that could hit the earth in a few decades...but that thing is a real physical object...what is the next myth?
 
2012-05-03 03:19:35 PM  

Strategeryz0r: They believe the world is ending? It already has!!! Look around you helen! We're standing at the threshold of hell!!!


Funny. Thank you.
 
2012-05-03 03:19:55 PM  
A brief history of the Apocalypse

Hasn't been updated in a while, but it's hard to keep up with the increasing number of nutty 'predictions'.
 
2012-05-03 03:19:58 PM  
Its scientific fact it will end at some point. If a passing comet, meteor, or gamma-ray burst doesn't get us, the sun will die and engulf the earth someday.

Its just a matter of when ...
 
2012-05-03 03:19:58 PM  

Haplo127x: The world itself? No. Society as we know it, perhaps. It's going to be very expensive to eat within the next short while.


That'd be a pleasant change for me. At least if some of the increases "trickle down" to the farmers, rather than being sucked up by processors and retailers like most of the recent ones were.

Canadians spend less than 10% of thier income on food, and we aren't buying staples.
 
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