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Old 01-27-2018, 10:46 AM   #1
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Apocalypse never

A helpful reminder, in the horrible clickbait culture that wants to scare the shit out of you in order to get your attention for three minutes:

Human predictions of the apocalypse: 1,000,000,000s

Number of times it came true: 0

Predicting the end times: it's merely our programming. It's what we do. It's what we pay attention to. There is nothing different about modern predictions. This is simply human nature at work.

If you think your prediction is somehow different, please reference the table above. You're not special, and you and your human sources of information are definitely not immune to this. It's part of our DNA.
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:21 AM   #2
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Meh. The only difference between us and all the other creatures that have faced extinction is we are looking for it.

May I remind you of that time oxygen almost killed everything...

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Old 01-27-2018, 12:52 PM   #3
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So, oxygen was the first lethal pooticle.
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:55 PM   #4
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If you think your prediction is somehow different, please reference the table above.
Note that the only predictions for which that table is applicable are those which predict the elimination of all humans.
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:31 PM   #5
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If you quibble, you think your prediction is different! But it's not. Enjoy.
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:26 PM   #6
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May I remind you of that time oxygen almost killed everything...
Man, I hate when that happens.
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:27 PM   #7
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If you don't know when it's coming you must worry every day.
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:46 PM   #8
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So, oxygen was the first lethal pooticle.
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:38 PM   #9
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If you quibble, you think your prediction is different! But it's not. Enjoy.
I'm not predicting; I'm just saying that it relies solely on the fact that humans still exist. There have been many predictions of disasters which came true, but didn't extinct the species, and there have been many species extincted, who probably didn't predict it.

All it says is that nobody who predicted the extinction of humanity was right, which is pretty much a tautology, if claimed by a human.
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:56 PM   #10
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:| It is a statement about human behavior, not actually a logic or math problem to be solved.
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:34 PM   #11
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If the scientists are right about the history of the earth, then logic tells us the future will hold more cataclysmic events that could very well wipe us out. However predicting them is a whole different matter so for now, "the end is nigh", remains wishful thinking.
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:49 PM   #12
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I know exactly where I want to be when the world comes to an end and I know precisely when that will be; but, I'm not telling anyone 'cause they might take my spot.
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:52 PM   #13
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So when it happens you'll be spot on?
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:57 PM   #14
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It'll be a one party win-lose situation.
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Old 01-28-2018, 03:19 PM   #15
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Where would the safest place be, for, say, an asteroid strike? Tall mountain? What's the expectation?
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