So the grand date has come and passed and of course, nothing happened. Now to preface, this is not a thread about 2012, nor is about pointing the
finger to believers or non believers. Please do not bring the school yard fighting into this
As human beings we have developped technology and theories of science. Ideas and concepts to help explain to present, research the past and predict
Although our advances are great, and no longer few and far between as they were prior to the industrial revolution, they remain only as ' our best
guess at the time'.
Therefore I make the following declarative statement:
Anything could happen, at any time, any place, any where.
The sun could explode tomorrow.
The earth's crust could shift.
The poles could reverse.
Yellow Stone could erupt.
California could fall into the ocean.
Now of course does it mean it will happen? The statistical probability that we calculate is far from being close enough for us to worry. That
however, does not mean we aren't wrong.
What we must do as a community and as humans in general is weigh the pros and cons of outcomes. We must look at the data presented to us, figure out
what is plausible, what is likely and what isn't. However no scenario ( barring events we don't understand in any capacity ) is straight up
Not only must we hold this for disasters scenarios, but also in our research and development for science. Where would we be had we decided that a
trip to the moon was simply out of reach and again ' impossible '?
In essence, what I'm saying is that skepticism is good, but too much of it, along with a defeatist attitude about human capabilities can and will
effect the outcome of our future.
So keep an open mind, challenge each other's beliefs, but always remember that anything can and everything does happen at some point or another.
ETA: I'd like to add for believers of any given theory, please do not get upset when somebody provides you with evidence, or data suggesting you are
wrong. Absorb the data and actually change your perception and belief accordingly. Blind faith in anything will always lead you to be un-satisfied
with the end result.
edit on 12/21/2012 by tothetenthpower because: (no reason given)