Princeton Professor`s Opinion On The 2012 Prophecy

Submitted by: Tonyjet 8 years ago in Science

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives his well-informed opinion of the 2012 doomsday scenario. Are we all gonna be OK?
There are 148 comments:
Female 58
i saw this a few months ago.
i really do hope he`s right. i think he probably is but it`s hard not to wonder.
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Male 162
I love this guy. Asides from being so gosh darn intel-ee-gent, the way he talks draws in a crowd. He`s been great on the Daily Show and I look forward to picking up his book next weekend.
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Male 102
haha I know maddog3n has been banned and everything but come on.. what a douche!

I mean.. Im only 15 and Im only doing Standard Grade Physics but even I could disprove almost everything he said from some common sense!

Anyway, lets face it, the world isnt going to end in 2012. Its a random date that is backed by some true, but misunderstood facts that people are using to cause general panic and maybe get you into buying things. Its a troll attack on quite a large scale.

Plus, do you see Mayan tribes kicking around these days? No. So they obviously didnt know enough to survive long enough to see this prophecy fulfilled so just lemme eat their chocolate and live in peace :D

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Male 591
Nice argument, but I wish he would have included the fact that there is no Mayan prophecy that the world will end on December 21, 2012.
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Male 240
The world has been predicted to end hundreds of times before... Could they be right this time around?! If they are, Ill butter my arse and eat my hat.
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Male 243
i hope he`s right...
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Male 178
Wow... The starting statement "The world is thinking"... I`m pretty sure that is an outright falsity.
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Male 25
You know what`s awesome also? Well,think back in 1999 or whenever it was,when people sayd the world will end in the year 2000 and you should buy supplies to survive,remember that? well,turns out the these guys and the ones tells us about 2012 are the same people and are ALSO selling supplies. Pretty awesome eh?
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Female 529
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion"

Someone didn`t take enough science in school.

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Male 148
on december 21 2012 i shall fap
what the site doesnt tell you is that i fap on december 21 of every year,
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Male 45
roflmao!!!!!1!!
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Male 2,229
As the once mighty Yoda once said " ...the future is only emotion, it is. No one knows for certain what is to come to pass."

I think I got that right...

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Male 27
Everyone is entitled to an opinion but that doesnt mean that they`re right. Everyone picks a side and tries to support they`re side. I remember being stuck in english class about 2 years ago listening to my teacher and some student argue about 2012. You could go on and on for hours stating facts and supporting your opinion but at the end of the day no one really knows what will happen on that day.
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Male 138
Wow, finally a bit of logic.
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Male 25
this guy is kinda my hero now. lol.
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Male 3,369
Look Nedman, even if the world was going to come to an end in 2012, what could we do about it? Panic? No. Just live your life to the best and fullest of your ability, be a good person, and don`t worry about it.
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Male 3,915
lol @ davymid...but yeah...what a badass teacher...
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Male 12,138
Wow quicksand, you managed to keep the exclamation marks down to only 27 in that last post. I guess the Ritalin`s working after all. Keep it up, sister!
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Male 313
obviously he is just being payed by "the man" to stop people from panacing.
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Male 283
everyone knows its really 2102 when the world ends. gawsh
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Female 466
On a different note:
I get so bummed when I see a "Teacher" like this man. WHY...couldn`t all teachers have his personality!!! I would have loved to have had a teacher like him!! I bet he is tough, but in a good way, I bet students ENJOY his class and actually want to attend!! You can tell just by the video his class has to be interesting, fun, and you`d actually learn something!!!! Take a lesson "Teachers" of all calibers!! Some of you really suck and could take a lesson how to be a "real person" and not a robot just from what this Professor`s short clip shows the right way to Teach!!!!
If I KNEW I could have this man for every subject, I might be inclined to go back to school!!!! Something about him just tells me he is a hell of a good teacher!!!!!!
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Male 442
why are you thinking so far ahead? what about the millennium virus and the anti-christ coming in 1999. Those things will surely kill us first!... oh wait that was 10 years ago, yes the world will end but not for a long time
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Male 422
I`ll graduate 2012, so I hope we don`t all die then. Would have been a wast of time then, would it not?
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Male 62
and what makes you think he`s not talking bullcrap? just to not make everyone panic
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Male 6
Hang on....whats a `meat puppet`? and how does one `troll`?
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Male 557
and then there are the other 2012 doomsday theories
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Female 1,412
lol this is awesome
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Female 1,063
0.o
Talk about a huge sigh of relief, rofl.
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Female 15,763
The web pages are lies!?

BLASPHEMY!

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Male 294
"The alignment has nothing to do with the radius of Sun, Earth, and Center of the Galaxy."

Radius - The distance from the center of a circle to it`s outside edge.

You should learn the words before you just throw them around. Did you mean to say "on the alignment of earth sun and center..."

"It has do with the relative position of the Earth, in relation to it`s position within the thickness of the disk of our Galaxy."

English mothaf`r DO YOU SPEAK IT. Did you mean to say, `The position of the Earth relative to the thickness of the disk of the galaxy`?

The position of our tiny tiny planet in relation to something several lights across is hardly changing at all. Gravity is a tiny tiny force, don`t worry.

"As no orbit is ever absolutely perfect, there is wobble."
Orbit and wobble are not related. Wobble is the result of 2 major gravitational forces (sun and moon in the case of the earth) at work on a non-spherical object (the eart

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Male 2,148
the dumbest thing about predicting a specific day for the end of the world is why would it end on eastern standard time or mountain wutever time, its retarded
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Male 294
"Therefore, the gravitational forces affecting the Earth would be at their strongest not when it is at the the center of it it`s orbit, but at the extreme. All of us are familar with centrifugal force, ie a merry-go-round."

Gravity is a force whose strength is inversely proportional to it`s distance, the farther you go, the less it pulls on you.

Centrifugal force doesn`t exist. It`s a false force. Perhaps you mean centripetal force.

I really hope you`re just a troll.

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Male 2,148
why does this guy always say yes, i wonder if because he says yes so much his friends have gotten tired of thats what she said jokes
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Male 294
"The alignment has nothing to do with the radius of Sun, Earth, and Center of the Galaxy."

Radius - The distance from the center of a circle to it`s outside edge.

You should learn the words before you just throw them around. Did you mean to say "on the alignment of earth sun and center..."

"It has do with the relative position of the Earth, in relation to it`s position within the thickness of the disk of our Galaxy."

English mothaf`r DO YOU SPEAK IT. Did you mean to say, `The position of the Earth relative to the thickness of the disk of the galaxy`?

The position of our tiny tiny planet in relation to something several lights across is hardly changing at all. Gravity is a tiny tiny force, don`t worry.

"As no orbit is ever absolutely perfect, there is wobble."
Orbit and wobble are not related. Wobble is the result of 2 major gravitational forces (sun and moon in the case of the earth) at work on a non-spherical object (the eart

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Male 3,755
One bomb here, one bomb there and who knows what`ll happen?
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Male 282
"The world may end in 2012, but it won`t have anything to do with this. "

may? MAY? are you kidding me! it wont dammit! i can debate this all night if i would i i have other better stuff to do than to prove it WONT end...

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Male 3,755
The world may end in 2012, but it won`t have anything to do with this.
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Male 12,138
Swine flu, Y2K, SARS, Bird Flu (avian flu), 2012. All the biggest pair of bollocks I ever met. Guys, the world is not going to end.

I fail to understand why this has got any resemblance of credence among rational adults. I despair for the race.

Hint: We`re OK.

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Female 17
woah.hope he`s right :)
funny guy
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Male 756
I literally laughed out loud when he said "that happens every year on December 21st" Priceless.
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Male 820
oh, davy posted that while I was getting those
I am therefore ending pointing out logical fallacies.
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Male 820
A special Me growing annoyed by someone post
all the insults and contradictions of Maddog3n

"if you people weren`t a bunch of meat puppets"
Ad hominem attack on all users who thought this guy was logical
"Instead of attacking the facts of my argument you use ad hominem to prove your point."
Saying that using ad hominem attacks are bad.
"Ladies and Gentleman, I present too you, the Talking Monkeys!"
Direct ad hominem attack on sugaman and TopperHey
"But you see the difference in my statement and yours are that I back mine with grounded principles of physics."
Where did you ever state grounded principles of physics?
"clearly show that you’re a meat puppet."
direct attack against Davy and Bored
"I wasn`t talking directly to you, you have now chosen to get directly into the discussion"
you directly called anyone who thought this intelligent meat puppets originally
continuing on next

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Male 12,138
Maddog, I`m banning you for two weeks, on grounds of Trolling. You`re making arguments where there are none, and seemingly getting a rise out of it. Send the expected complaint letter/appeal to [email protected] I will not delete any of the comments on this thread, so you can describe your case.

When (if) you come back, I advise that you come back with a different attitude.

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Female 528
Lol, Davymid, I think I`m falling in love with you
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Male 12,138
[quote] Davymid-To answer your statement, "....I don`t hear many facts from you at all..." that would be because I have not heard any facts presented to counter my arguement! [/quote]

You`ll notice that I never once placed a statement on one side of the arguement or another. Like I said, I have a PhD in Geophysics (although you don`t believe me and have personally ridiculed me for making such outlandish claims). I`m just trying to moderate here.

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[quote] Davymid... As you don’t seem to understand what the comment “ad hominem” means and you like to be a stickler for correctness, Ad Hominem literally translates to “to hominem” or “to man”. [/quote]

I took latin for six years. I know perfectly well what it means.

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Female 528
Maddog: The way I see it, you began your argument not as a civil discussion but by antagonising everyone of the opposing view. Which pretty much means you`re not going to convince anyone because you`ve already got them off side. And, because this is the internet, you are inviting childish insults by doing that. Admittedly I don`t have a psychology degree or `facts` to back this up (as a scientist you would know there is no such thing as facts, but an argument is backed with evidence). However from observing your comments and everyones reactions I think I`m pointing out the blatantly obvious.
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Male 936
maddog....gravity doesnt add or build up because of alligned bodies of mass...therefore everything you are saying is wrong. No, we might not know what is going to happen in 2012, but we do know what isnt.
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Male 52
There are 4 empty soda cans, 2 empty soda bottles, two empty water glasses, and another half full waterglass on my desk. I also see a broken itouch, a working itouch and an opened pack of batteries with no batteries removed. I just stuck my foot in my bowl of popcorn. CRAP!
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Male 51
Almightybob-Forgive my stupidity, I did not make myself clear in that initial post. The radii that I am referring to has to do with the Sun being at the center of it`s wobble in relation to the center of the X axis of the Galaxy. So if you consider the eccetricity of the wobble, the greater gravitional force is applied not when it is the center of the median but when it at it`s extremes. Hence, why I was saying the good Professor was disingenuous in saying this happens every year. It only happens every 26,000 years. Which also coincides with a complete orbit of our Sun around the galaxy. Again let me be plain in saying I have nor does the Professor have any idea what is going to happen. Why? No one was around to record the last time this event occurred. Anyone who tells you otherwise if full of themselves, wants to sell you something, or is naive. They can hypothesize all they want but that is just it, it a hpyothesis.
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Male 51
Brimstone-To your point of my "childish" posts, I don`t believe I was talking to you. So how can they be annoying? I don`t believe I am pointing a gun at your head to read my posts, am I?
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Male 51
Almightybob-Wow, where to start…First, the Galactic Alignment is in reference to the affect it has on Earth not the Galactic Center. Second, according to your theory then what gravitational forces are holding the other billion stars in our galaxy? Why haven’t they flown off on their own? Third, I would take issue with the placement of our Sun in the Galactic Arm but I really don’t feel like argueing that with as it has nothing to do with what I was saying. My reference to the Sun within the Galactic Arm was to it location as seen from a side view, hence why I said thickness. So the X axis.
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Male 51
Davymid/BoredFjord/Et al-As you don’t seem to understand what the comment “ad hominem” means and you like to be a stickler for correctness, Ad Hominem literally translates to “to hominem” or “to man”.

From Wikipedia- “ An ad hominem argument, also known as argumentum ad hominem (Latin: "argument to the man", "argument against the man") consists of replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the source making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim.
The process of proving or disproving the claim is thereby subverted, and the argumentum ad hominem works to change the subject. “

So there has been no disparity in my posts.

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Male 51
Davymid-To answer your statement, "....I don`t hear many facts from you at all..." that would be because I have not heard any facts presented to counter my arguement! What I have heard is for me to be called, "Troll”, “that I wear a tin foil hat”, “lol u lose at life, science, concept of time and OMFG! YOUR OVER 40 AND ON TER INTERNETS”, “crazy”, “idiot”,”, and my personal favorites “childish” and “annoying”. Yet nothing from the moderator about these people, right? So I’m supposed to just shut up and allow them to say anything they want to me? No comment about how I responded to Yellowsquare, which was civil. The Talking Monkey comment was directed only to Topper and Sugarman. The Meat Puppet describes anyone praising the narcistic Professor who presented absolutely zero in factual relavance to substatiate his claim. Ergo, anyone taking offense is a Meat Puppet! My proof i
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Female 175
we`re just specks in the universe. actually like one of the atoms on a speck on a speck on a speck.
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....... i wonder what that makes the atoms that make up us?
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Male 381
I love this website, the banter that goes on in these comment pages is usually funnier than the posts themselves!
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Male 4,290
maddog, you`re just babbling nonsensical pseudoscience.

Here is a picture of the Milky Way, with our position marked.

Now the miniscule change that any particular orbit of Earth brings about in this system will clearly make roughly bugger-all difference to anything.

Do you have any idea how quickly gravitational forces decay with distance? Even the Alpha Centauri star system exerts negligible gravitational pull on us, and it`s only 4 and a bit light years away.

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Male 12,138
p.s. addition to last point: I did not "choose to throw in" the fact that I have a PhD. It was a deliberate retort to your direct accusation and singling out of me as being "too dense to understand". Seemed relevant to the accusation.
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Female 1,963
I want him.

(as my professor)

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Male 2,172
OMG!

I just look at some American calandars from the year 2009 and guess what... the calandar ends exactly on december 31.

IT`S THE END OF THE WORLD!

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Male 3,819
As in the window dances all around your screen so you can`t X out of it. There`s also one just like that, which goes through the entire song in message boxes before given the opportunity to X out -- if you press OK too many times and miss the last one, you`re f*cked and have to start all over again (I`m sure you`ve seen it before).

I actually thought that was the one you linked (and good thing it wasn`t).

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Male 1,452
browser hijacker? i didnt have a problem with that site?
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Male 3,819
Vorpal -- there you go. Full of win. There`s not a picture out there more perfect for this forum than that one.
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Male 12,138
[quote] “If you’re going to argue back it up with facts!” Which I have done every single time! You chose to ignore that very large point and throw in that you’re a PHD in Science. What? What college offers a PHD in Science? One would say I have a PHD in Physics or a PHD in Microbiology but a PHD in Science! [/quote]

Maddog, I don`t hear many facts from you at all, I hear a lot of vitriol, flaming of other users, and trolling. Almost every post you`ve made has been insulting, from "Meat Puppets!!" to "Talking Monkeys!", to suggesting others stick to playing videogames, to insinuating that I`m lying about my qualifications (my PhD is in Geophysics (a science) from the University of Aberdeen in the UK).

Let`s cut down on the flames and keep it civil.

p.s. Vorpal, as Peloos said, browser hijackers are not cool. Anyways, let`s move on...

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Male 1,452
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Male 3,819
And I`m not banning you. Just deleted that comment.
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Male 3,819
A regular rickroll would have been (barely) okay. Also, an old school duckroll, a Barry-ManiRoll, a picture saying "you`re a retard" -- actually, any humorous picture -- or, you know, an actual Nigerian scam site...

All of those things would have worked fine.

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Male 1,452
i know but what was i going to post that wont get me banned
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Male 3,819
Vorpal -- drat off with that poo, thanks. Now you`re just starting to troll. Rickrolls stopped being funny 3 years ago.
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Male 138
vorpalsword - i hate you
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Male 2,229
@maddog3n: Let go, davymid is just doing his `job` here. I have read your previous posts, and to honest, they appear hell bent to make argument and offense. Having your nose outa joint cause a moderator reigns you in, is rather childish.
Plus your starting to annoy.
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Male 51
Mornaf-Pretty funny, reverse temporal engineering, I`m using that! Don`t know where, but I`m using that!
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Male 3,819
maddog - you`re right and wrong. I have the wrong guy, but no, it`s not Cramer I`m thinking of. It`s this guy.

I`ve seen DeGrasse speak somewhere before and my brain`s being racist and mixing them up.

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Male 51
Vorpal-I don`t know how that relates to my statement. Please advise. Also, could you post that link...I might want to contact him! Thanks.
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Male 820
"Yeah, come on guys. This is the man who has figuring out how to travel through time practically on his door step. Let`s not take anything this kook says seriously or anything!"

and there is the proof.
he has actually unlocked the secret of time travel, and a future version of himself sent information back to tell him the dec. 21, 2012 stuff was bull. God I love reverse temporal engineering.

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Male 1,452
hey maddog3n, there is a nigerian prince who will give you 60 million dollars if you give him your personal info to help pay a small 100,000 fee, you can use that money to fund your research
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Male 51
Vorpal-Now that you have broken your arm patting yourself on the back and calling me an idiot...would you do us all a favor and explain the rationale of your arguements. As I fail to see using your "rainbow in the sprinkler" theorum and your "let`s not do anything because we can`t" logic relates to my first point which is don`t be a meat puppet! In other words, I know this premise is outlandish but and here`s the secret, your really should use your cognitive reasoning skills for other ventures aside from video games! I know pretty trippy stuff, huh?
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Male 2,229
All Dec 21, 2012 is when the Mayan calender reaches that date it `zeros` out, some claim it stops. But from my own reading, research into this. I contend then the Mayan calender, is more like a car`s odometer, when it get to the end of it`s cycle it zero`s out, and keep on going. And those that search for `end times prophecies` have been fabricating such tales for centuries. As I stated earlier, its our hubris that will do us in. Not a some super solar storm, not a comet a meteor, not some naturally occurring disease, us humans, doing stupid human things that will us.
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Male 51
Earthshone-Too funny...got to love The Fifth Element
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Male 51
Davymid-Thank you for pointing out my grammatical error. As IAB is filled with English majors, I should have proofed my post before hitting send. You’re kidding me, right? Never mind that I used it correctly in the same paragraph prior…you’re going to point this out? Is that some attempt at showing that you’re superior? Which proves what? That I’m only human and can make a mistake! I also like how you failed to acknowledge the point I was making. Which is quite simply, “If you’re going to argue back it up with facts!” Which I have done every single time! You chose to ignore that very large point and throw in that you’re a PHD in Science. What? What college offers a PHD in Science? One would say I have a PHD in Physics or a PHD in Microbiology but a PHD in Science!

“p.s…you like how I incorporated “you’re” as many times as I could? Didn’t want you to think I’m a meat puppet.&

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Male 1,452
i just proved an idiot wrong and publicly humiliated him, what a good use of my 100th post!
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Male 1,685
I am a meat popsicle.
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Male 1,452
okay the worlds gonna end, lets brain wash people not to do any thing. what kinda logic is that, there is no justification, maddog3n there is a rainbow in the sprinklers maybe you should go worry about that
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Male 40,277
The Mayan (and Hopi) prophecies can be fulfilled 2 ways: A great event could happen that year (or on that specific day, Dec21 2012) that changes everything (or ends the world) OR some smaller event happens that, later on, we realize leads to world-changing events. It could be a physical or spiritual, changing or new beginning.
Or we might get smacked by a comet.
Anyhow, this is (iirc) the change from the 3rd world to the 4th world, so lets all cross our fingers and hope the fourth time`s a charm!
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Female 1,412
he scared me for a bit, but I hope so much that hes truthfull and phsycic
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Male 12,138
[quote] which I`m pointing out again as it seems your to dense to understand, wasn’t about you at the time. Meat Puppets!! [/quote]

I have a PhD in science. I`m a professional scientist. I absolutely guarantee I am not dense, nor a "meat puppet".

And I was not making an attack on you, nor was I making any comment on the validity of the video one way or the other. I`m a moderator, I was moderating, in this case pulling you up for making personal attacks on other users and then complaining when they attack you in return.

p.s. It`s "you`re too dense", not "your to dense".

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Male 363
i cannot understand a word he or you flaming warriors are saying.
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Male 51
Bored and Davey-But you see the difference in my statement and yours are that I back mine with grounded principles of physics. Further, I was making a general statement to those that had made commenst praising the Professor for his whit and charisma and not the substance of his arguement. You two on the other hand are talking to just hear yourself talk. If you’re not a meat puppet, in that you use your brain to reason with the information you are presented, then you should not have taken offense. But obviously, the fact that you did respond and did take offense, clearly show that you’re a meat puppet. As when I made that statement, I wasn`t talking directly to you, you have now chosen to get directly into the discussion, which I`m pointing out again as it seems your to dense to understand, wasn’t about you at the time. Meat Puppets!!
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Male 2,076
too bad i can`t have professors like that :-(

too bad im not good in math or physics :-(

the universe hates me!!

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Male 51
peloos12-Actually that would be Professor John Cramer, of the University of Washington, who has already conducted a experiment on time travel vs just a theory. Who by the way, I have been to his home down by Lake Washington in North Seattle and have discussed his experiment a couple years ago. You might want to check out the article at:
Going for a blast into the real past Now he would be the true Father of Time
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Male 15,510
Damn, does that means we still have to deal with our lives after 2012?
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Male 3,819
Yeah, come on guys. This is the man who has figuring out how to travel through time practically on his door step. Let`s not take anything this kook says seriously or anything!
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Male 2,229
@boredest1: More than likely, since there is precedent and is a likely solar event. It is a real danger, but an avoidable one, much like pollution, over population, starvation, war, anything to do with money problems. Our greatest human weakness is our own hubris.
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Male 12,138
vv Damn, Boredfjord beat me to it while I was typing!
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Male 12,138
Maddog, suggest you don`t whine about others making "ad hominem" attacks - you started it when you weighed in with "if you people weren`t a bunch of meat puppets".
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Male 928
maddog3n, why would you accuse people of resorting to ad hominem attacks when you called them, and I quote, "meat puppets" and "Talking Monkeys?" Respect is earned, and your pseudo-scientific diatribe certainly earned you none at all.
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Male 1,111
Finally a good point made my someone with degrees to back it up (Dr. Tyson)

Just like Y2k, the world is not going to end in 2012, but after the mythical crisis (based on the fact that the Mayans didn`t believe the earth would last this long, either that or were lazy) then people are going to predict the year 2023, then 2035, and next 2043. It`s just going to keep going. There are predictions every decade or so that will keep occurring.

I don`t know why people keep predicting something, do they really wanna be the one standing there like an ass hole saying "told ya so" as a meteor crushes them?

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Male 3,255
@Link_Hiei

Yea, he does run his own planetarium, but I don`t know about the pluto thing. I would hope he would keep pluto out of it. I mean, you wouldn`t have socks in a Shoeatarium or Dinosaurs in a nascaritarium.

lol

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Male 3,255
I love Dr. Tyson more and more every day, lol.
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Male 556
Yeah, that`s the one I meant. I don`t have any strong belief towards it, I just thought maybe this professor might have an opinion towards that as well.
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Male 2,229
Are you regarding the "mega" solar storm that MAY happen? That article also stated that could happen in 2023. As with any prediction, there is a degree of uncertainty. Anyone that believes in an absolute prediction of the future, probably also believe in the tooth fairy, santa clause, ufo`s are of alien origin, and direct divine intervention in their daily lives.
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Male 556
What about that solar storm that`s due around the same time in 2012?

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Male 2,229
When Men seek an end, they, in the the end, will create one.
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Male 1,226
Okay that`s a great guy, BUT CAN HE dratING STOP MOVING HIS HEAD WHEN HE`S TALKING! drat!
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Male 51
Loofahboy- I should just lump you in with Sugarman and Topper but given the fact that your powers of observation are obviously that of a learned sociologist/psychiatrist and that you`re oh so very clever; why don`t you explain why I`m wrong in my statements? You must have taken some science? Surely you can rip me apart and expose me for the fake or as Sugarman said the "Troll" that I am? Please enlighten us with your words of wisdom!
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Female 1,682
Ha, im so glad this guy talked about this. Im so sick of everyone believing this will happen. Its just like Y2K, and hell, even when we had the whole 6/6/06...i think people get bored and need something to talk about -.-` oh, and Hollywood and channels like "the history channel" make a quick buck outta this BS to xD
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Male 288
Well thanks for phuking up the movie for me you jackass
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Male 51
Sugarman & Topper, -LOL… your statements prove my point clearly. Instead of attacking the facts of my argument you use ad hominem to prove your point. Ladies and Gentleman, I present too you, the Talking Monkeys!

Yellowsquare- In that you at least attempted to have a rationale arguement instead of the Talking Monkeys, I will show you the same respect in kind. Your own observation should be able to answer part of your question. Given someone with, "decades of peer reviewed research"; shouldn’t he be able to list off the problems with the whole Galactic alignment theories? Please name one fact he presented in his diatribe that remotely explains why he`s right? As to him being a Professor at Princeton, this is the only proof that I need to know? More importantly, where did I go into his motives? I don`t know his motive(s), nor do you! My comments were based on everyone positive statements as to his likablity versus the substance of his arguement. <

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Male 3,301
maddog3n, make sure you keep your tin foil hat in tip top shape! And don`t forget to keep your trailer park tidy!
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Male 3,301
"When the planets align, the celestial pool cue will line into action!"
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Female 778
that guy seems really cool, he`d be fun to hang out with.
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Male 844
lol, how can the sun and earth NOT be aligned - the earth orbits the sun so it is always aligned. unless you start talking about a 3rd planet/object.
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Male 10,440
That guy is good. Pretty funny too. Thanks for posting whoever it was.
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Male 1,452
what ever degrasse tyson says is right, if its wrong the Universe is wrong and it should be made right immediatly
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Female 205
omg i love Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, yay for science!!!!!!! ... love nova and pbs tooo <3 he is so awesome!!!!
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Male 1,929
maddog3n: *facepalm*

either "well trolled, sir" or "lol u lose at life, science, concept of time and OMFG! YOUR OVER 40 AND ON TER INTERNETS!!!z!"""

either way, whatever you where trying to do.. just .. wow.

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Male 357
haha, maddog3n, someone sounds a little crazy! show me your astrophysics degree and then you can lecture. hahaha
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Female 1,545
And maddog3n...so, just to get this straight...

The professor of astronomy/physics/whatever from Princeton University (a very prestigious institution) who has decades of peer-reviewed research under his belt is not to be listened to because he didn`t explain his opinion in great scientific detail because he secretly knows the world will end on Dec 21 2012 but he doesn`t want anyone to know about it?

Is that what you`re saying?

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Female 1,545
almightybob, come on. A quote from a book known for its lyrical script is not "bringing that crazy book into something involving science."

In CrakrJack`s context, it`s the same as quoting Shakespeare. He`s not using it as scientific basis, he`s using the biblical verse as a way to express HIS feelings that no one knows for certain when Earth will cease to exist.

/religion rant.

And I think Dec 21 2012 is a big deal for everyone because we haven`t had a chance to be worried about a catastrophic event in awhile. The Y2Kers were getting bored and antsy.

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Male 117
Meat puppet? That`s kinda hot. I might change my screen name to that...
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Male 51
Hmmmm...did you people just watch the same clip I did? What facts did he use in his argument? Seems to me you people want to only be entertained. You don`t even know when your being conned. Here is a little fact that the good Professor should have known and left out: The alignment has nothing to do with the radius of Sun, Earth, and Center of the Galaxy. It has do with the relative position of the Earth, in relation to it`s position within the thickness of the disk of our Galaxy. As no orbit is ever absolutely perfect, there is wobble. Therefore, the gravitational forces affecting the Earth would be at their strongest not when it is at the the center of it it`s orbit, but at the extreme. All of us are familar with centrifugal force, ie a merry-go-round. So while I don`t nor does the Professor know what will happen in 2012, his disingenuious attempt of an explaination should be an insult if you people weren`t a bunch of meat puppets.
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Male 117
@welfarepimp: Winning has its privileges.
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Male 5,189
I remember seeing him on T.v. Didn`t he have his own Planetorium(sp) and kept Pluto out?
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Male 906
black man!! savin da day!! That guys is righteous
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Male 189
Funny how Palin catches $h1t for buying clothes for the election, but Michelle Obama is fawned over for her inauguration dress and $540 sneakers.
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Male 117
People, people, PEOPLE! It`s going to be perfectly OK. Sarah Palin will be president in 2012. She`ll make sure we`re all safe. :-/ The aliens will come. She will say `Thanks, but no thanks`. Followed by a day of shopping on tax-payers dollars, then touring a college campus and explaining why learnin` is so hard! Then the aliens will leave never to bother this fu**ed up planet again.
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Male 1,347
I love neil degrasse, he`s a pimp
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Male 3,425
lol, I don`t believe any of that crap. The world has ended at least 5 times since I can remember.

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Actually, in my lifetime, I think I can recal 8 times when it was supposed to happen. Yeah, I`ve just stopped caring now.

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Male 138
@AlmightyBob
<Pissed off>
Any chance you could show some respect for others beliefs? No? Didn`t think so.
</Pissed Off>

Frankly, we shouldn`t be worried about tomorrow, since the only moments we have any control over are right now. The future is not yet here, and the past is gone. Call it adherence to the teaching of Yeshua Ben Jose (Christ) or the linear flow of the fourth dimension.

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Male 58
Mind you don`t tread on the bullsh*t people.
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Male 541
"Let`s not bring that crazy book into something involving science, shall we?"

Lets not turn this into a religion vs. atheism argument. Two different people. Two different opinions. Don`t go about shouting accusations of crazy and being offensive.

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Male 182
nvm my previous comment. i thought they were talking about the potential solar flare in 2012 that would erase technology and send us into a dark age not some other crazy doomsday prediction about a specific day.
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Male 182
well mantistador its not like y2k. if it does happen it could be any day in 2012 at any time.
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Male 4,290
"Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

Genesis 9:12-17 Rainbows appear when it rains as a sign of God`s promise not to flood the earth.

Except we know that`s not how rainbows work. I can make rainbows with my garden hose on a sunny day, but the earth is in no danger of flooding from my hose.

Let`s not bring that crazy book into something involving science, shall we?

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Female 455
Haha, this guy`s awesome.
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Male 2,199
im scared of other people who are scared of 2012, not 2012 itself... if people are freaking out about it 3 years early imagine what they will act like when there`s 3 hours to go?
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Male 22
i love this guy, he`s on that universe show on the history channel. So intelligent and always so hilarious.
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Female 761
princeton professor`s opinion on the 2012 Prophecy was taped before live studio audience and not a laugh track, despite the fact this is in no way funny.
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Male 17,512
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
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Male 1,254
He`s pretty much the figurehead to the public of the astronomy/astrophysics community. Almost like a new Carl Sagan.

People will still be caught up in all of the BS though. I never thought I`d go through Y2K again.

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Male 109
i needed to hear this.. i always suspected it was bs.. but i really loved to hear this.
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Female 143
Hearing all this 2012 stuff only reminds me of Neon Geninis Evangelion.
(you`ll probably know what i mean if you`ve seen it)
""nd Ipact"...big disaster?

lol, I don`t believe any of that crap. The world has ended at least 5 times since I can remember.

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Male 1,011
xxggirl, thats because he is.

Hes on TV alot..particiularly the science channel..anything about space, hes pretty much guaranteed to be there.

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Male 381
history channel lied to me :(
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Male 2,388
I allways new it was bogus but it happening every year thing i had no clue about lol
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Male 460
naa the worlds gonna end either by human fault or when the sun goes out....in like many billions of years
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Female 14
He actually seems really well informed... I`d listen to him before I read a website on 2012.
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Male 1,766
I love that guy. read his book about black holes a while black. pretty interesting
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Male 3,296
Link: Princeton Professor`s Opinion On The 2012 Prophecy [Rate Link] - Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives his well-informed opinion of the 2012 doomsday scenario. Are we all gonna be OK?
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