Above is a screenshot of a LiveScience article criticizing Pastor Harold Camping’s prediction that October 21 (that was yesterday) would be the end of the world. It’s a good article siting the history of wacky predictions from cult leaders like Camping. Read it here.
But that’s not what I’m blogging about. Notice the article advertised straight above it: “Earth in the Balance: 7 Crucial Tipping Points.” This article starts by admitting that science is not in unison on how fragile the earth is, but “here are the seven planetary boundaries that have been put on the table for discussion.”
In other words, “Let’s entertain doomsday possibilities anyway, just for good measure.”
Does anyone else reading this sense the irony here? LiveScience takes a scholarly position of criticizing religious fanaticism in their long history of predicting doom and gloom. Will they honestly take a look in the mirror and criticize science’s attempt at the same thing?
You don’t have to go as far back as the 19th century to do this. Growing up, our generation was given earfuls about deforestation of the Amazon rain forest, holes in the ozone layer, acid rain killing all the fish in Canada, and (no kidding) global cooling and a coming ice age. Science is just as guilty in falsely predicting the end of the world.
Here’s good advice. Religious people who fixate on the end of the world prophesies: Prehaps God has greater things for you to fixate on, like love, truth and family. And scientists who fixate on the earth’s so-called “tipping points”: Perhaps this earth is not as fragile as you think.
It’s good to see everyone still around today.