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Doomsday (again) – experts on Mayan calendar myth

John Kerr posted in on December 17th, 2012.

Only seven sleeps left until Christmas — or just four more sleeps until the End of the World — depending on who you listen to. The date December 21st, 2012,  is at the centre of a number of vague theories which predict an impending apocalypse and have attracted growing media attention. The US space agency […]

Prof Marc Wilson on the End of the World

John Kerr posted in on January 27th, 2012.

Associate Professor Marc Wilson, from the Department of Psychology, Victoria University, talked to TVNZ’s Breakfast show about the Mayan calendar, doomsday theories and why some people truly believe the end is nigh. Watch Prof Wilson on Breakfast here. From the TVNZ website: Belief in doomsday stems from distress – expert Believing the end of the […]

2012: Happy New Apocalypse?

John Kerr posted in on January 12th, 2012.

Joseph Gelfer, Adjunct Research Associate, School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, picks apart the 2012 apocalypse theory for the Australian science website The Conversation (reproduced here under Creative Commons licence). 2012 cometh: how to prepare for the apocalypse If you believe the doomsayers, the human race is not long for this earth. By […]

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Taranaki Daily News: 2012: An armageddon oddity

Peter Griffin posted in on May 31st, 2010.

Helen Harvey writes in the Taranaki Daily News about the slew of 2012 end-time theories currently circulating, why people might be susceptible to them, and what the experts think. In particular, astronomer Rodney Austin says that “Planet X” (Nibiru) would have been detected by now if it was heading our way, and that Earth’s poles […]

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