Now it is no secret that I think that we are facing a major shift in our society, and one that will not be entirely fun, to put it mildly. It should also be no secret that while I love to write jokingly about when zombies come, I don’t actually believe we’re facing an apocalypse of any kind. Indeed, as I’ve written many times, part of the problem with addressing our situation is that we flit wildly between assumptions of techno-utopianism and absolute apocalypticism. I think what we are facing is serious enough without turning it into a cartoon, unless, of course, there are actual zombies in it.
So this morning, when I woke up to a passel of links worrying folks about the-end-of-the-world-due-to-solar-apocalypse, I did what any good Prophetess of Doom does when confronted with such events. I kicked the sleeping astrophysicist and asked him if the world was going to end today due to our solar event. His first responses were largely unintelligible, but when it became clear I wasn’t going to let him go back to sleep, he responded with his customary scientific rigor. “No. Please go away now.” As to expand on this he responded by saying “I said no!”
So there you have it – sorry, you’ll have to wait until at least Friday for your regularly scheduled apocalypse. Why Friday? Because whenever someone tells me they are worried about our troubles I reassure them that they have at least until Friday before the world ends – I’ve been doing it for five years now and I’ve always been right. Do you want to argue with a record like that?
I really like what the Scientific Indian has to say about this – I agree, this is in part a reflection of our own ego-centrism.