Monday 24 July 2017

Be prepared - the end of the world is nigh...

SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg
SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

John Masterson

I don't mean to be alarmist but I have been giving some thought to the end of the world. It will not be any time soon and you and I will not be around to witness it.

I have not joined a Doomsday cult. I am not going to put a date on the last days of our planet as I always felt sorry for those people who set a day, and then have to deal with the world continuing after that day when there was no great flood and no one from Venus arrived in a spaceship to collect them.

In the 1950s, psychologist Leon Festinger studied this phenomenon in an interesting book called When Prophecy Fails.

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