As has been noted elsewhere, the procession of irritating news stories about the alleged “Mayan apocalypse” that should have polluting the media this week has been unexpectedly interrupted by real tragedy. That’s not to say that they aren’t around, however: the latest post over at Your Origins Matter is on the subject, but at least they’re against the idea.
While it can never be considered a certainty, the old adage of a stopped clock being right twice a day generally holds. For example, the Institute for Creation Research suddenly becomes a lot more reliable on the subject of the end of the world. Apparently not wishing to be drawn into inter-denominational squabbling over the the order and timing of the events of Revelation, the ICR holds firmly to the verse in Matthew (24:36) that claims “of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” This means that they occasionally even attack apocalyptic predictions, both religious and otherwise. Previous examples of this stopped-clock effect in action include an article by Steve Austin and Mark Strauss from 1999 on why there wasn’t an increase in earthquakes in the run-up to the new millennium, and a second article on earthquakes in 2010, this time a DpSU by Brian Thomas. Continue reading