There are now a number of plausible end-of-the-world scenarios, enough to justify thinking seriously, and in a new way, what such an event might mean to us. It’s easy to say, oh, well, that’s it, then, we’ll just be gone.
That might not be the whole story.
Before I discuss why I think that, I’d like to run through a few of these scenarios. I’ll begin by saying that December 21, 2012 isn’t one of them. Whether or not this date has any large significance is not presently clear. There is a lot of change taking place and it might, but if there was a world-ending mechanism involved, we would almost certainly see some indications of it by now.