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How Will the World End?

Many say the end is nigh

Doomsday forecasters and prophets like Nostradamus have forever been predicting the end of the world. The current end of days forecast was for December 2012, but that failed to happen yet extinction seems inevitable to many.

There are many theories about how life on Earth may end, they include being struck by an asteroid or comet, gamma-ray bursts from some far off dying sun, a shift in the Earth’s magnetic poles or global warming, a fire that most of us are adding fuel to.

We know that Earth has a finite life as does our entire solar system, but this life is counted in billions of years and it seems logical that if we can solve our immediate problems humanity may exist in relative harmony for another 3 billion years.

As much as it causes me some grief to forecast the end of the world as we know it, I’m sure that Dr Spock and others would agree that such an event is entirely logical and given due process of reason such an event is feasible within our own lifetime.

Our modern science also supports various hypothesis for the end of the world from global warming and destabilisation of earth's tectonic plates, and in particular a model that looks very likely is the polar shift, or the change in orientation of Earth’s magnetic poles; a cycling process which is currently taking place which may be a significant factor in the increase of earthquakes and unusual climatic phenomenon, which of course will be compounded by the consequences of our increased environmental pollution.

In addition to the environmental destruction caused by human greed and the largely unregulated forces of capitalism, we have genetic engineering and development of artificial intelligence. It is only come about that artificial intelligence models have recognised humanity as a threat to existence and would seek to terminate us.

We are limited by our beliefs, attachments and fears, and what many have believed has become a reality engineered for the well-being of a few at the expense of the many. This can only lead to a resurgence of the dispossessed standing and demanding their rights through civil disobedience and eventually civil war which is already occurring in some countries.

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to representing how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board. The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster and are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight exactly.

In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the Hydrogen Bomb was first tested. Further, the minute hand has only changed nineteen times since the Clocks creation. This is not an announcement to take lightly or brush off – these scientists are all renowned geniuses in their respective fields and they have never been known to change the Time casually or without very strong reasoning.

To those that are sick of politics and don’t see the point in discussing the current state of the world: THIS is the point. THIS is the result of widespread apathy, lack of education, and disinterest in current events. Once upon a time Rome was a magnificent and powerful empire, but it still crumbled to the ground at the peak of its glory.  The final sentence in the Doomsday report gives this warning, “Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way.”

It is abundantly clear that we humans may very well destroy ourselves and those who survive may return to being simple hunter gatherers suffering from the toxic pollution will perhaps re-engineered as cyborgs, part human and part machine able to cope with the mountains of nuclear waste, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastic mountains and other environmental hazards have created.

While we may destroy ourselves and most of the life on this planet, the earth itself recover and new life revolved us it represents a total failure to realise our human potential and walk with the gods.

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