These negative sunspots are a real bummer.

The speculation of a possible 2012 apocalypse, believe it or not, is still an active topic of discussion. There are a wide range of pretty farfetched reasons why people have grasped onto the idea that 2012 is a critical time for the world, from the Mayan calender (which seems to be the most popular), to the I Ching from ancient Chinese texts. There are some who think there will be positive changes; most believe there will be no drastic changes; and, of course, there are going to be some people who create a totally dystopian view of how the world is going to collapse. Let’s talk about them.

On a website titled How to Survive 2012, researcher Patrick Geryl seems to be trying very adamantly to convince people that the 2012 warning is not something to be taken lightly. However, he also makes it very hard to understand anything that he is trying to say. The site bombards you with graphs and figures, as well as some alarming buzz words such as “negative sunspots” and “dark magnetic filaments”. If I thought that he might actually be onto something, I would definitely take the time to look into what he means by this; but unfortunately, I think he is full of crap. This excessive use of scare tactics seems to be a prominent technique for 2012 doomsday theorists, but unless they can create a comprehensible display of research, Geryl’s work and others like it will be a waste of time.

If what they say is true, we can only hope Bruce Willis can save us from Armageddon!

When I mention other work like Geryl’s, I really do mean that there is more. Lawrence Joseph for example, author of the books Apocalypse: 2012 and AFTERMATH: A Guide to Preparing for and Surviving Apocalypse 2012 has been widely published and recognized on popular cable networks for his controversial claims. In an interview on Wired.com, he discusses how we could be impacted by space weather outbursts. Although this topic is not quite as drastic because it is supposed to only affect our technological equipment, he still tries to implement a sense of urgency and serious danger that could be associated with weather outbursts from space.

These examples so far have been from what most people would consider “fringe scientists”; however, what about the ideas that we see in the popular media that still speculate on this topic? We have had movies such as Armageddon and 2012 that actually place images in our mind about what we could see if the world is coming to an end. Perhaps this has had as much impact on the speculation of the end of the world as the Mayan calender itself. For me personally, however, none of these speculations has influenced my views on 2012 in the slightest. I still do not believe anything significant will change. Even if we were certain that the world was about to collapse, I can’t say that I would be very inclined to change my behaviors. I’d prefer to just let what happens happen.

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