Thursday, March 8, 2012

2012 Article in Science Magazine

Not just any old science magazine, but the Science magazine, which is full of very scholarly articles and is not written for the general public. It has stories like Visualizing Individual Nitrogen Dopants in Monolayer Graphene and Quantum Simulation of Frustrated Classical Magnetism in Triangular Optical Lattices. So lo and behold in the 19 Aug 2011 edition, there’s a 2012 article. Somewhat disappointingly, it is just an interview with David Morrison, and yet again he shares how tiresome it is telling so many people they are wrong. Of course none of the feasible threats are discussed.
One website has copied out a good portion of the interview (it’s not officially available for free online):
“We live in nervous times,” Morrison explains. “Nowadays, almost anything that comes up in astronomy—free-floating planets, the Andromeda galaxy heading here—prompts people to write to me and ask whether it’s a danger.  So many talk about their pervasive fear, especially children. I don’t see anything to do but keep on [responding].  I hope after 21 December 2012 it will end, and I can stop.”
…In the video, Morrison supplies damning scientific details about the nonexistence of Nibiru and the impossibility of various cosmic catastrophes, such as flipping Earth on its poles.  But he also addresses viewers directly with a soothing appeal to reason: “I want to take a chance to talk to some of you more directly.  There is no threat to Earth in 2012.  There is no danger.  All of the talk about a doomsday is a big hoax perpetuated on the Internet and with people trying to make money.  So, please, don’t worry about it. … The simple fact is Nibiru does not exist. … It’s not there.  It’s a no-show. … Don’t worry about 2012 and enjoy 2013 when it comes.”

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