According to the assumptions of scientists, humanity embraced fear associated with waiting for the Apocalypse in December 2012, which can cause irrational fears, phobias, end of the world.
Around the world, many of those who believe in the Day of Judgment expect it to December 21, 1012, the date based on the predictions made by the Mayans supposedly over 1,000 years ago. Even when the sun rises on December 22, calm will not last long, will be developed almost immediately another doomsday scenario.
Researchers say that the cause of these concerns lies in several factors. The flow of misinformation on the Internet, weak or poorly developed critical thinking skills, the very nature of man, convinced many to fear the worst, despite the lack of competent evidence.
Astronomer David Morrison, a senior researcher at the Institute for Astrobiology, said that forecasts the end of the world have experienced throughout history, every few years.
Although Morrisson and other scientists tried to nullify concerns related to the comet Elenin (Comet Elenin), the mythical planet Nibiru and other similar phenomena, their reasonable arguments can hardly hear.
"We are completely drowns flow implausible information on the Internet … even tell the truth, it is very difficult to be heard," — says Morrison. "".
Particularly sad is the case with young people, many of whom are simply unable to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources of information.
Morrison: "At best, they will simply be counted, for example, at 83 sites reported that the end of the world in 2012, and at one site that it will not. Consequently, it is true — the majority. "
Fraknoy Andrew (Andrew Fraknoi), head of astronomy at Foothill College, believes that some misinformation is a common way to make money.
Andrew Fraknoy: "Today, money is more important than truth. Fear has become a large and profitable industry. "
But fear nourishes not only the Internet and money.
For example, some believers who believed that Jesus Christ would return to earth in the years 1843-1844, and then had to come to an end. Another group believed that the December 21, 1954 will be a flood.
Mlodinov Leonard (Leonard Mlodinow), American physicist, said that it is human phenomenon. "The people who we think it is prudent to believe in such things all the time"
Seth Shostak (Seth Shostak), one of the leading astronomv, believes that such a belief is important for self-esteem
Seth Shostak: "To some extent, self-esteem supports the idea that you know something very important, that these stupid … academics do not want to recognize"
Despite this fear of the end of the world is quite common around the world.
For example, a survey conducted by the Reuters news agency, showed that 15% of the world's population believe that the apocalypse will come in the course of their lives.
Morrison: "These concerns are not only an interesting sociological and psychological phenomenon. They can have dire consequences for the believers. "
Morrison: "… young people, aged 11 and 12 years old say they put an end to suicide doomsday …. I know of several cases of suicide, the cause of which has become an obsession with the alleged end of the world in 2012. "
Andrew Fraknoy: "The best way to reduce appokalipticheskie concern, particularly among young people, is education. Need to develop critical thinking in children, instill a love of discovery … "