Warnings From “End of World” Prophets
“Something has arrived over vast expanses of space and time, opportunistically cloaking itself within the ambiguities of human perception, seeking propagation channels where the race has vowed not to look. It is currently watching and testing the collective wit. If not recognized, it will simply depart. Then, lives that could have been saved will not. Suffering that might have been circumvented will be felt… The retreat uneventfully comes in 2012, if they fail to count the number of the beast.”
– The Creative Machine
The Creative Machine and Web Bots
The Creative Machine (CM) is an artificial intelligence computer, designed by Dr. Stephen L. Thaler. So far, this machine has learned to compose its own music, develop inventions (Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush), and has evolved itself enough to answer difficult questions about life and death. The CM is not the only computer that senses a sixth mass extinction on the way—the computer search program known as Web Bot has made a similar prediction.
Web Bot is a program designed by George Ure, that uses an organized system of automated “bots” that scavenge the Internet reading “web chatter” from news stories, blogs, and forums. It then takes this information, finding patterns within the chatter, and uses it to create its own predictions. Prior to its prediction of a mass extinction in 2012, the Web Bot predicted the attack on the US Trade Center (9/11) and the stock market meltdown of recent years.
Born in the late 1400s, in the British Isles, Mother Shipton predicted the world would end in 1881. As that doomsday came and went, theorists began to look at her poems, suggesting that perhaps they misread her predictions, and have reset the date for 2012. According to the poem below, written by Mother Shipton, the end of the world should be near:
And men shall fly as birds do now, (Airplanes)
When boats like fishes swim the sea, (Submarines)
When men like birds shall scour the sky
Then half the world, blood drenched shall die. (Armageddon 2012?)
In his book The Prophecies, Nostradamus predicted the death of Henry II, the great London fire (1666), the French Revolution, Napoleon, Hitler (WWII), and the assassination of President Kennedy. Within these predictions of death and turmoil, Nostradamus had one final prediction… the end of the world. He perceived a dark comet would travel beyond the Earth’s line of sight for many years, making its presence known just before plunging to the surface, causing gravitational upheaval and boiling seas.
While many theorists stand by the predictions of Nostradamus, Christine Pulliam, a public affairs specialist for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, says, “If a comet that size was headed our way, we would know about it!” Even if the government was withholding information about a pending impact, millions of armchair astronomers would see it coming. According to Pulliam, we could spot an asteroid or comet months or even years before it reached Earth.
“If the writings of Nostradamus were to accurately predict a comet impact,” says Pulliam, “It would be the first prediction he’s had right in 450 years.” Many of the predictions we have spoken of today could be explained by what is called retroactive clairvoyance (post-diction). This is when a prediction is applied after an event has already occurred. It’s easy to find a connection or significance behind any story when we already know the ending.
While these prophecies are certainly entertaining, most skeptics would not recommend reading very much into them. With this said, there is one truth that we can’t deny for our future. We have been hit before (comet, asteroid, super volcano, etc.) and will again. Just don’t count on knowing when that date with destiny will be.