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Saturday, November 28, 2009

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Peter Michael Yates

I guess you can say that the most believable websites are those that belong to *real* scientists - such as nasa.gov
They have recently published a page to counter those wild 2012 claims - here :-
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html
There is more information at my blog :-
https://foresight-of-hindsight.blogspot.com/2008/10/scientist-responds-to-2012-end-of-world.html
The best advice is in this quote, by the famous scientist Carl Sagan - "Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary levels of evidence if they are to be believed."
For example, if somebody says there is a mysterious planet called Nibiru, ask them where it is! Astronomers insist they need to know the right ascension and declination of the object. If those 'people' can't supply that info (or other evidence) the object doesn't exist, period!
One more thing -- Try to find an email address, or other method of communication, at those dodgy websites -- I doubt very much you'll find any, and you won't know who the author of the site is either. Those things immediately lower the credibility of the site.
Cheers,
Peter
(Dunedin, New Zealand)

Robert Martin

I am face with this quandary daily, as I work for a family Internet filtering company. Parents ask me what to do if their children are becoming young adults, and are faced with difficult choices like continuing to use a filter or to use one at all. This is just one parent of three's take on it. I use an Internet filter on ALL computers that I have purchased for my family. It blocks all Websites with content about doomsday cults and theories like this. I know my daughter, and she would be interested by such things and then would compulsively worry about them. She is too young to worry about things that might or might not happen in the future. Sure, I know I am imposing my Christian Worldview on my family by filtering porn, doomsday cults, etc., from my children by blocking stuff like this, but I know they will come to my wife or me and ask about things such as this, and we will discuss it. Just letting my kids wander in a sea of information without some sort of structure, I feel, can be confusing and frightening for it is a never ending abyss when it comes to some topics. If my daughter comes to me and says she just went to a Website that the filter blocked, we talk about it, and if I feel it has merit, I will let her consume it. After all, I feel it is our responsibility as parents to be the ultimate filter.

Bob

Stacy

Really thought provoking post. Thankfully, I have a few years until my kids are old enough to surf the web and I have to face these questions. I can say, though, that I relate to your Buy Buy Baby story - during our first foray there, my husband - faced with the gigantic wall of bottle nipples - had to flee the store and I was close behind.

Peter Michael Yates

Here is a good history of end-of-the-world claims :-
https://www.areawidenews.com/blogs/1215/entry/24167/

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