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

By tvgnus   2012 Dec 12, 1:20pm   1,531 views   10 comments   watch (1)   quote      

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   570/570 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 14, 3:29am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote    

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??

2   lostand confused   217/217 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 14, 4:06am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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.

3   zzyzzx   570/570 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 17, 8:04am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote    

4   upisdown     2012 Dec 17, 8:28am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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.

5   New Renter     2012 Dec 18, 2:30pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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!

6   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2012 Dec 18, 3:32pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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.)

7   Dan8267   2565/2597 = 98% civil   2012 Dec 18, 11:53pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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.

8   HeadSet     2012 Dec 19, 2:02am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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.

9   Dan8267   2565/2597 = 98% civil   2012 Dec 19, 4:51am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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.

10   New Renter     2012 Dec 19, 11:44pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

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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