Apocalypse Soon?

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  1. Futilitist This so called forum is a fraud... Registered Senior Member

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    The problems are already obvious, but people still aren't paying attention. There is provably not enough time to react to avoid disaster. The people, the governments, and the corporations aren't going to change. In other words, we are doomed, but we just aren't ready to admit it yet.

    I guess my point is that the coming Apocalypse is the inevitable conclusion to the story that started 10,000 years ago when humans first began to become "civilized". We have been given plenty of warnings, we have largely ignored them, and now it is far too late to avoid a complete social collapse. The only interesting part now is watching the denial continue to the bitter end.

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  3. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Been said dozens of times before.

    Given that the denialists have been mostly right for the past 9900 years (with the possible exception of the Dark Ages) the smart money is on them.
     
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  5. Futilitist This so called forum is a fraud... Registered Senior Member

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    Smart money?

    Maybe I will be the last.

    All bets are off in an Apocalypse.

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    There are three issues here...relative to this phrase 'industrial civilization'.

    1. Is industry possible without liquid fuel?

    2. Is civilization possible without industry?

    3. To what extent is food and textile production possible without liquid fuel?

    This also raises questions about population density relative to all habitable land available.
     
  8. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Could be! But I have a feeling there will be a new Mayan Apocalypse or Fiscal Cliff or Carmageddon or some such in a month or so.

    Not if it's a zombie apocalypse. Then the fastest guy wins.
     
  9. Futilitist This so called forum is a fraud... Registered Senior Member

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    Zombie Apocalypse/Eventually

    Perhaps. But eventually it will be a real Apocalypse. And soon. And there is real science to back that up.

    Only for a while. Eventually he loses.

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  10. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    There has been "real science" to back up many of the end-of-the-world predictions. Comet Elenin was supposed to cause earthquakes when it passed between the Sun and the Earth in September. A few reputable scientists predicted that the LHC might create a mini black hole and suck the whole earth into the resulting singularity. (Needless to say they are slightly less reputable nowadays.)
     
  11. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    And here it is! Just found it:

    The world will end on (drumroll) . . . May 19, 2013.

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    In 2008, Ronald Weinland wrote that "the final countdown has begun, as the 1,335 days before the actual day Jesus Christ returns began on Tuesday, September 30, 2008." Weinland later changed his prophesied date for the return of Christ to Pentecost of 2012, which fell on May 27. Prior to this date, Weinland declared that 7,000 ministers and leading members of the Sabbatarian Churches of God would die in the Great Tribulation.

    May 27, 2012, passed without Weinland's predicted apocalypse. In a blog posting dated May 26, 2012, Weinland acknowledged that "nothing has begun in the world that would signal the need or purpose for...Christ’s return". He urged his followers to "move forward", and suggested that God had been, and continued to be, merciful to his people. He later stated that the end of the world had indeed begun on May 27, 2012, but would take "one year to become fulfilled". Weinland asserts that Christ will now return on Pentecost of 2013, which will fall on May 19, 2013.
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  12. Futilitist This so called forum is a fraud... Registered Senior Member

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    I think these are all good questions. But they assume an adequate time to make some sort of transition. If you read the Korowicz paper you will see how fast things will likely unravel. The paper is a systems dynamics and risk analysis view. It seems very logical.

    We are all very connected to, and dependent upon, this current industrial civilization. We are already out of time.

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    What's worse, assuming we can't do anything because of time/politics/scale/etc, or at least trying to narrow down what we can change, and following through with that change? It's okay to be pessimistic, but to do so without a goal to make anything different is just self fulfilling prophesy, something I think some enjoy. They want to be right, rather than try and avoid the dilemma.
     
  14. Futilitist This so called forum is a fraud... Registered Senior Member

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    And what's your point? These are nut job predictions. They are totally irrelevant.:bugeye:

    I am talking about science. Why not read the links I posted in the original post. Then come back and tell me why I'm wrong.

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    What's worse?

    I'm not pessimistic. I am realistic. And I never suggested we couldn't do anything. I think facing the hard, cold truth, as near as it can be determined, is the right way to go. Otherwise, things might be made even worse by bad decision making. Precious resources could be squandered. In a resource crisis, it makes more sense to plan realistically, than to plan hopefully.

    And you can't avoid a dilemma. You just have to do the best you can to get through it.

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  16. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    People always think the time they are living in is somehow special. We are way better off now than some times in the past and we are way worse off than some times in the past. The truth is this time is no more special than any other time it just seems so to us because we are experiencing these times.

    Long after you are dead and forgotten there will be some kid talking about the imminent apocalypse, just like always....
     
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    Something to consider is WHO this word WE refers to?

    Does it mean just yourself, or all people who share your views, or the government, all governments, the majority of voting citizens?

    Really, there is no meaningful WE at hand. Markets are global but there is no global organizing force with a unified objective.
     
  18. Carcano Valued Senior Member

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    Again, WHO will make this transition if it even happens.

    Will economic market forces force everyone to change their own lifestyle?

    Will prophetic governments force everyone to change?
     
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    Yes, time is running out on WASTE, but not on WEALTH.

    Much of what our society considers to be its wealth is just simply waste.

    Did you read my recent thread btw...A Fuel Depleted Economy?

    http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?130792-A-Fuel-Depleted-Economy
     
  20. Futilitist This so called forum is a fraud... Registered Senior Member

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    That's the trouble. No one can agree on what to do.

    But we can still talk about it.

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  21. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    If it's considered a dilemma, and not a mere dichotomy, then this is already indicative that people have no real incentive to do anything about the situation.
     
  22. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    How come people don't think long-term?
     
  23. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    People used to. I believe it got lost when the concept of "instant gratification" took hold. Today, things like paying a considerable amount for over-night shipping is reflected in most aspects of many people's lives. They're simply not willing to wait for the 'payoff.' Few people nowadays even make an attempt to save for a future purchase. Easy credit has destroyed many individuals. (I'll just put it on plastic and pay for it later...)
     
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