End of world predictions: a wasted moment of our collective resources

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It is amazing the amount of money and time wasted in 2012 on this “end of the world” prediction. We can blame ignorance of the people or sensationalism from the media, but we should also discuss the role of educated people, such as scientists, who have been spent time writing books & websites, answering interviews and debating on this non-sense. They promoted this myth until it was deemed a truth in the mind of people. This energy could have been spent to do something good for this world, something useful to make it a better place.

I may be utopian but I can not dismiss the potential greatness of a humanity that decides to work together to solve the real problems. I don’t despair and I hope¬†we have finally learned a lesson from this wasted moment of our collective resources.

I am eager to read your thoughts on this topic.

Clear Skies

Franck M.

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently, he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

One Response to End of world predictions: a wasted moment of our collective resources

  1. I think the end of the world furor has a very big positive outcome. It has created an awareness and mindfulness that was never present in humanity, regarding the preservation of the humanity, fragility of the inhabitat. And these virtues cannot be measured in terms of economic costs.

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