Sunday, January 02, 2011

We're All Gonna Die! ...Again

Entering college in 1972, I was thrown into a world of intense fear. Forced to read Paul Erlich's 'The Population Bomb' and Alvin Toffler's 'Future Shock,' I was convinced I would never survive to be 56 years old. TIME, Newsweek, and US New and World Report magazines all had a cover stories of the coming ice age as the Global Cooling fad took hold of usually reasonable sensibilities. We were doomed everyone was saying and it was all backed by solid science, just like Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth.'

Matt Novak of PaleoFuture blog returns to those days of future past with the video 'Apocalypse'.
I was scared to premature death. Then, while researching my term paper, I read an essay by Isaac Asimov in which he demonstrated that every person alive at the time could be fit comfortably into the Grand Canyon and, by using the numbers of the doomsayers, that the total mass of humanity would exceed the total mass of planet Earth in the same 20-30 year time frame predicted for our doom.

Ed Driscoll has more to say at Pajamas Media and he says it better, too.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

I find that most contrived end of the earth scenarios are profit motivated, even if it is only book sale emergencies. Don

Indigo Red said...

I long for the old days when an itinerant preacher convinced the good folk the end of the world was nigh and everybody should run to the hills with him. No books, no money, no profits, just an honest concern for the well being of the faithful. Exactly how the preachers intended to survive world destruction by running to the hills was never made clear, but at least when nothing happened, folks still had all their stuff.