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The world will end ...

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October 21, 2011
  896 votes / 3%
December 21, 2012
  1917 votes / 6%
2060 or thereabouts
  2403 votes / 8%
Some other specific time (explained below)
  3764 votes / 13%
Not with a bang, but a whimper
  18493 votes / 67%
27473 total votes.
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  • by mspeedie (186600) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @12:32AM (#36175252) Homepage

    Lets just say it does end, and soon. So what? If it is going to happen it will happen, and there is very little to do about it. Its like worrying about being hit by a bus. Better to live your life and not worry about it. Although I do suggest folks do check both ways before crossing the street.

    So much drama and gnashing of teeth about something that does not matter since it is beyond your control.

    • Live like there's no tomorrow - and then push the Big Red Button.

      • by eln (21727)
        Okay, I pushed the Big Red Button and now there's a bunch of angry engineers outside the server room door yelling something about how I interrupted the jobs they were running on the Cray. What now?
    • by arisvega (1414195)

      Everybody we have ever known will be gone?

      Mneh, I really didn't like these guys anyway.

    • I think the problem with apocalyptic logic is that it causes fringe elements of society to act recklessly. For example, if a nuclear armed country (say, Israel), has some fundamental nutjobs in the vicinity of their arsenal, they may think that the end-times are near based on their weird philosophy (say, the rebuilding of the temple of david and the birth of the red heiffer) indicates it is time to push the button and purge the Earth.

      That has SIGNIFICANT impact on the rest of us.

      That's what makes ME gnash

      • I don't think society is actually as fragile as you think. A couple 9/11s? 9/11 was dramatic, but all it really did was destroy a few buildings and scare people. Compare that to a real disaster, like Katrina which destroyed an entire city, a major shipping portal to America, or the Earthquake in Japan, which destroyed significantly more than 9/11, or any other terrorist attack.

        Now you can take it a step further and imagine, what if the entire United States disappeared overnight? The world's largest econom
      • by IICV (652597) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @12:05PM (#36181324)

        That's what makes ME gnash my teeth. If they really believe it, they are liable to do something stupid that would dramatically alter our way of life. Our society is painfully fragile, and a few fringe elements (a handful of 9/11s) could take it all down pretty damn fast.

        Don't worry, they don't really believe it.

        No, seriously.

        Go up to basically anyone who believes that the world will end on a certain, specific date, and offer them this deal:

        "I'll give you $50 right now, and on ${world_ends+1} we'll meet here again and you give me $100".

        They almost never take it. Why? Because when it comes down to something that actually matters*, these people don't really believe the world is going to end; when faced with a real loss attached to their prediction, they are not confident enough in it to accept. Of course, they'll frequently try to dodge the issue by saying things like it would be unethical to take your money or coming up with some reason why God doesn't want you to do that, but these are all after-the-fact rationalizations.

        And this is something that applies to most people, in most contexts. Atheists aren't really in the minority: when it comes to real consequences, almost everyone acts as if they were an atheist with an occasional Sunday obligation.

        There are rare exceptions, like this dude [huffingtonpost.com] who blew his life savings on this crap; but I bet you anything that even in their own groups, those sorts of people are looked at askance.

        *and $100 is a value that people actually care about (yes, psychologically they're not losing $50, they're losing $100)

        • by mooingyak (720677) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @12:46PM (#36181976)

          Go up to basically anyone who believes that the world will end on a certain, specific date, and offer them this deal:

          "I'll give you $50 right now, and on ${world_ends+1} we'll meet here again and you give me $100".

          I think the world will end on December 18th 2984, and I will take you up on your offer.

        • by mcmonkey (96054)

          That's what makes ME gnash my teeth. If they really believe it, they are liable to do something stupid that would dramatically alter our way of life. Our society is painfully fragile, and a few fringe elements (a handful of 9/11s) could take it all down pretty damn fast.

          Don't worry, they don't really believe it.

          No, seriously.

          Go up to basically anyone who believes that the world will end on a certain, specific date, and offer them this deal:

          "I'll give you $50 right now, and on ${world_ends+1} we'll meet here again and you give me $100".

          They almost never take it. Why? Because when it comes down to something that actually matters*, these people don't really believe the world is going to end; when faced with a real loss attached to their prediction, they are not confident enough in it to accept. Of course, they'll frequently try to dodge the issue by saying things like it would be unethical to take your money or coming up with some reason why God doesn't want you to do that, but these are all after-the-fact rationalizations.

          The danger isn't those who believe (or profess to believe) the world is ending soon. As you point out, those folks are mostly just a danger to themselves.

          The danger is from those folks who believe it is their place to bring about the end of the world. For some reason the end-times seem to usually depend on some human conflict. So those in a rush to end the world and get us all to heaven tend to want to start wars.

      • I think the problem with apocalyptic logic is that it causes fringe elements of society to act recklessly.

        If apocalyptic logic didn't exist, it would be necessary for our fringe elements would invent it.

  • Long time (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rogerdugans (902614) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @12:35AM (#36175266) Homepage

    This world will end a long time after humankind has rendered it unsuitable for life as we know it.

    It was here before us and likely will be here long after us.

    As for when WE (humankind) end- we seem determined to go away at some point in the next few centuries....

  • by Planky (761118) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @12:36AM (#36175272) Homepage

    http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/outreach/tracts/may21/

    They claim that Judgement Day is happening on May 21 (hey seem to use their own definition for Judgement Day - not the standard, end of the world, all people are judged etc) and then their idea is that 5 months later BOOM.

    Either way, i still plan on being here on October 22 - regardless of your beliefs, this is a pretty crack pot mix up of lets read some of the bible, ignore the parts that contradict us, and see if we can create a global panic.

    • They claim that Judgement Day is happening on May 21 ...

      Do they know at what time? I'd like to have a nice lunch before the rapture.

    • by AK Marc (707885)
      Rapture is a judgment day. Though *the* judgment day is generally held to be some time after Rapture. They are claiming that Rapture, the first of the Revelations acts that could be considered a judgment day, will be on May 21. If they are right about October 21, you'll know on May 21 because Rapture will include either Jesus returning to Earth, or millions of Christians disappearing, or such. You could say that May 21 is Armageddon. Though the end of the Earth isn't at the start of Armageddon, but at
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Planky (761118)

        The same person made a similar claim in 1998, stating that the Rapture would occur followed by Armageddon. Of course nothing happened. He selectively chooses which verses that supports such claims and ignores ones that point out that no-one bar God knows when it will happen:

        • Matthew 24:36: No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
        • Matthew 24:42: Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
        • Matthew 25:13: Therefore
      • Yeah, I was trying to get HR to include "Rapture" as a possible reason for days off work, but we discussed the issue and found out that, even if all the just people would get "raptured", we would see no difference at all at the office (or anywhere else).

      • by Kenshin (43036)

        If you read the writings of those from Jesus' day, they thought he'd be back very shortly.

        He had a few errands to run.

  • by Adrian Harvey (6578) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @12:40AM (#36175298)

    When no-one is expecting it.

    "For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night."

    • by mr fog (716564)
      Be careful about saying something in the future will happen at an unexpected time - it can lead to all sorts of logical paradoxical problems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unexpected_hanging_paradox [wikipedia.org]
      • lol that is really hilarious. But it doesn't apply here, because we have no set day for the end of the world, whereas the prisoner in that dilemma had a set day for the end of the week. Thus, if he were still alive on Friday, he could know that the execution would happen that day. In this case, there is no day that we can wait to and know that God will end the world.
    • by Machtyn (759119)
      which is why I put "2060 or thereabouts". Thereabouts could be anytime between now and when it happens... Eternity is a long time, and the time we have here is but a blip.
    • That's how I see it. There are a lot of events which suggest we may very well be in the end times. But I'm not sure how well we can pin things down, and since we're told the whole thing will be a surprise, I figure it will be. Live like the next moment may be the last chance, but don't be too surprised if it isn't. I remember well one individual, well known at the time, who was convinced that somewhere around 1970 was the end. He lived until 1983. Others were convinced that 2000 was somehow magic. We just
    • Yeah... Y2K38(*) has the potential for being far worse than Y2K. And not being a round year at all, it will be a lot more difficult to explain all the beancounters what can happen.

      That said, I always program in Java :-P

      *: Yes, I know if it is not shorter than Y2038, but I like it that way. Ok?

      • by Opportunist (166417) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @05:36PM (#36185616)

        This is exactly going to be the problem: Explaining that there is a HUGE ticking timebomb in our server basements.

        Y2K was readily understandable by non-technical people. 99 becomes 00 and that's smaller than 99 and there's a whole lot of shit hitting the fan. Easy to see, easy to understand, no technical knowledge necessary. But why the world should come to an end a bit past 3am on Jan 19th 2038 makes no sense to someone who doesn't understand the way Unix keeps track of time.

        I think, though, that this will be very profitable for me, just before retirement. Coincidentally, I happen to be eligible for retirement pretty much around that specific day.

  • by poity (465672) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @01:34AM (#36175570)

    and let's all hope that will never happen

  • by UTF-8 (680134) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @02:06AM (#36175742) Homepage

    According to my 32-bit computer, time ends on January 19th, 2038 at 3:14 AM UTC.

    • by Mindcontrolled (1388007) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @05:41AM (#36176822)
      We really need to find out if those nutcases have a forum somewhere that we could spam with "LAST PS0T!!!" on Saturday, 5:59:59.
    • by Ksevio (865461)
      That's just the date of the Rapture, when the chosen ones will float away. The rest of us will stick around until October when the world actually ends.
      • by medv4380 (1604309)
        Were did this October date come from. I'm not aware of any Christian bible the doesn't say something around and about "No One Knows" Mathew 24:36 and that's looking at about the top 15 versions. I know there is a lot of versions out their but who changed it this time to October 21st?
  • by MoreDruid (584251) <moredruid@gmail. c o m> on Thursday May 19, 2011 @03:11AM (#36176054) Homepage Journal
    03:14:08 UTC on Tuesday, 19 January 2038 of course
  • the world will end (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 19, 2011 @03:27AM (#36176152)

    the day i die

  • by CrazyJim1 (809850) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @04:11AM (#36176408) Journal
    Since God didn't even tell Jesus when he is returning, I doubt he gave this information to some random Joe.
  • The Jehovah's Witnesses were right. The world ended in 1975.

    • by dkleinsc (563838)

      William Miller was right: The world ended as scheduled on March 21, 1844. Everything after that was the product of a deranged imagination.

      Or maybe the original Anabaptists were right, and the world ended back in 1533.

  • Rapture has already happened. All the people that were good enough to be taken to heaven have been taken. We didn't make the cut.
  • "Some other specific time" that we immanently cannot predict as we cannot predict almost anything in the future, because the things we are interested in as humanity as a whole are phenomena of very complex systems that we cannot decompose into smaller system or reduce to simple systems. Our models of the future lose precision exponentially with time forward not unlikely to the predictions of the behavior of the balls on the billiard table.

    Only God knows this time.

  • by Nidi62 (1525137) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @07:45AM (#36177764)
    I was born in the mid-80s, so for me the world should probably end around 2060 or so. What happens after that, well, it really wont affect me too much. Unless of course the zombie apocalypse happens and all the dead rise from the grave and all that.
  • As George Carlin said, don't worry about "saving the world." The world will shake us off like so many bad bugs. We're working to save our own sorry asses.

    To me a better poll asks, "How long before a nuclear or biochemical device detonates causing loss of life?" THAT'S the beginning of the end for us.

  • Haven't you noticed?
  • Time to live for today. NOW is the time we must worry about, make the best of what you have now at the moment.
  • "This is how I believe the world will end: with general giggling from all the witty-heads who believe it is a joke"
    - Kierkegaard
  • Today, aparently. This is the only working item on the home page. Where'd you go Slashdot?
  • We're running off a backup as we browse!

  • The planet is fine!

    The people are f___ed!

  • God never gave the end date so it will be whenever He wants it. :)

  • by gestalt_n_pepper (991155) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @11:20AM (#36180556)

    Just *think* of the parking spaces we'd have if all those nutjobs disappeared! Not to mention the general improvement in the electorate. You go, rapturists, to heaven, to hell, to *anywhere*, please!

  • I have it on very good authority that the world ended last week but we've all been too hung over to notice.

    ...laura

  • ... at least, from my perspective.

  • by DaveAtFraud (460127) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @12:45PM (#36181962) Homepage Journal

    The world will end when the Vogons get funding for that inter-galactic by-pass. Not sure when that will be but keep your towel handy.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Definitive statement (Score:3, Interesting)

    by perlmangle (49439) <e^i_pi+1=0@polyphemus.org> on Thursday May 19, 2011 @01:19PM (#36182438) Homepage Journal
    "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." -Mat. 24:36
  • by mmmmbeer (107215) on Thursday May 19, 2011 @08:00PM (#36186980)

    When I deploy my Doomsday Device! Muahahahaha!

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