Mayan end-of-world prophecies 'all in the head'


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http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=22480

Belief in doomsday ideas not just for crackpots •  We started wondering about the psychology of these beliefs End-of-the-world prophecies have a lot more to do with human minds than with the fate of humanity, says Matthew Sharps, a psychology professor at Fresno State.

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  1. zzyzzx


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    1   11:29am Fri 14 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike (2)  

    That Mayan end of the world prediction is stupid. They ran out of room on the rock they were carving on and for some reason people think the world is coming to an end??

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    2   12:06pm Fri 14 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    I know of someone who sold all his belongings and moved to a South American nation, because he believed the world was coming to an end. I never could understand why-I mean if the world is coming to an end, what difference does it make where you are?? But then he was a heavy set middle aged man who married a pretty, young thing over there and had kids too-I didn't understand that either-oh well.

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    3   4:04pm Mon 17 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (2)  

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    4   4:28pm Mon 17 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    A Roman Catholic church in Italy will guarentee absolution of all your sins for less than $20, online.

    That takes thieves preying upon suckers to a whole new level.

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    5   10:30pm Tue 18 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    upisdown says

    A Roman Catholic church in Italy will guarentee absolution of all your sins for less than $20, online.

    That takes thieves preying upon suckers to a whole new level.

    Link please, I've been a bad duckie!

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    6   11:32pm Tue 18 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike   Protected  

    Is there end-of-the-world insurance?

    Like something that pays one trillion dollars in the event of a complete extinction of human kind for the low, low premium of one million dollars?

    Tagline:

    For less than the price of a shit-box in Palo Alto you can be the richest person in the world if it does end.

    That would be hilarious.

    LOL!

    (Not actually an insurance product.)

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    7   7:53am Wed 19 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    The religious often accuse me of being closed minded. So, I’m going to run a little experiment. According to the Mayan religious prediction, the world will end this Friday. From right now to Friday, I will be praying to Satan. Now, I admit that I don’t believe Satan actually exists, but I will pray fervently to the dark lord to prevent the end of the world.

    If indeed the world does not end on Friday, then we can cheerfully conclude that Satan has saved us and we should all worship and praise him. And I will gladly admit that I was wrong about the whole supernatural thing being bullshit once I see all the Christians in America converting to Satanism.

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    8   10:02am Wed 19 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Dan8267 says

    I will be praying to Satan

    Praying? That sounds like a verbal, unilateral agreement. Totally unenforceable.

    A deal with Mr Scratch requires a contract signed with blood.

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    9   12:51pm Wed 19 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    HeadSet says

    Dan8267 says

    I will be praying to Satan

    Praying? That sounds like a verbal, unilateral agreement. Totally unenforceable.

    A deal with Mr Scratch requires a contract signed with blood.

    Well, if the world doesn't end on Friday, we'll know it doesn't. So, in that case, all hail Satan.

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    Peter P says

    Is there end-of-the-world insurance?

    Like something that pays one trillion dollars in the event of a complete extinction of human kind for the low, low premium of one million dollars?

    Tagline:

    For less than the price of a shit-box in Palo Alto you can be the richest person in the world if it does end.

    That would be hilarious.

    LOL!

    (Not actually an insurance product.)

    Heck if anyone can get me the cash TODAY I'll offer this policy. Mind you the payout will be in yams and each yam will have a street value of ten billion dollars.

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