Wow alot of opinions here.
Yes there alot of doom predictors that were very wrong.
Let me throw 3 lines of thought out here and see where it leads.
What if the doomsday and apocalypes failures were not caused by being wrong, but being prevented by either others, planing and blind luck be it overt
Then people/press/history mock the doomsayers.
Let me give three examples explaining this.
One of the most famous one is the Y2K.
Now alot predicted gloom, doom, end of humanity, ect.
Well nothing happened major and everyone reported it was all hype.
Now I looked into it and was saw that for it being "hype" why did government/industry/military/ect spend MILLIONS OF MAN HOURS and untold billions of
dollars for programmers to fix a "hyped up problem"?
Is it possible we saw/predicted doomsday but due to the efforts of planning it was not hype but we averted it?
The second is the predicted astroid hits that gloom and doom predict but seem to miss us?
Now scientist claims the odds are XX millions to one. But then if you do some research the same scientists predict xx named rock (sorry I don't
remember the name) that if it its just right the "keyhole" in space that it will change the course to a direct hit. But we don't know EXACTLY how this
keyhole works or even will know it did till the time to stop it is too short?
Is this an example of not hype but a predicted doomsday that averted or caused by no control of our own?
Third and most scary is the report in russia of "dead hand" system incident (note this was not the only one by far)
It was predicted for years of nuclear doomsday and one person not only prevented it, but it was covered up for years.
Second line of thought is why does it have to be all distruction or all "hype"?
What if a prediction came partly true but no one in press/power want to give any credit to the whistleblower (as it were)?
The third what if some part or all of a prediction has come to pass but the powers that be cover it up?
Just throwing some ideas out there/
edit on 3-12-2012 by scrounger because: clear up error