9 plausible doomsdays for your apocalyptic pleasure

By » Wed, March 21 2012
5606716481 d4589791da 450x299 9 plausible doomsdays for your apocalyptic pleasure

It's been near for a couple thousand years. (img by John C)

“On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero,” said some guy in Fight Club.

So stay alive a while and you can piss on the grave of that dumbass jock who made fun of you in high school. But let’s look at the bigger picture. I’m talking mass extinctions, pandemics, the rise of the goddamn machines. We don’t need a stone calendar made by an extinct people to run out of days. In a few zillion years, whichever Hindu god is sleeping will wake, and the universe will collapse again.

I like geologic/climactic/cosmic apocalypses. Ice ages, supervolcanoes, the Sun going nova – it gives me some perspective. And there are some seriously egg-headed dudes who agree. Washington State University astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch and British astronomer David Darling wrote Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways the World Could End, which is due out next month. scheduled to debut next month from Oneworld Publications.

The book is due to detail sci-fi plot scenarios like grey goo and the rise of Skynet as well as the standard Sun gobbles earth, supervolcanoes cause ice age, everyone dies of the flu scenarios. They’re rated by likelihood (the Sun really is going to kill us all, eventually), and have some interesting facts. Read more about the book at SeattlePI.

The scale (and inevitability) of some of these things makes me want to focus on living more right now instead of stockpiling aluminum foil. No amount of that shit is going to save us from a supernova, no matter what Bob’s Survival Foil and Faraday Cages blog tells you. So get off your ass, go outside and play. It will do more for your survivability than a roomful of preps will.

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