Another epic fail from prognostications of a failure epic…

“Rapture Saturday is now history all over the world, and Camping’s prophecy is now a total fail…At least one good thing may come out of today’s non-Rapture: More folks are likely to realize that there’s nothing to numerological mumbo-jumbo, whether it comes from the Bible or the Maya calendar. If fewer people are freaked out about the supposed predictions that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, that’s a very good thing. The end will come, whether it’s tomorrow or several billion years from now. But as a famous man once said, we do not know the day or the hour. Until then, make the most of every day, have your disaster kit ready … and for heaven’s sake, DON’T PANIC!”

The world didn’t end…again. In a classic misdirection by charlatans, when a prediction doesn’t work, they claim that their fundamental theory/methodology is correct, but they made a minor calculation error (note to charlatans: when the end of the world is a stake, you might want to double check your maths). When the Harold Camping debacle unfolded, this was one of the responses his camp came up with and they re-adjusted the new date to 21 October 2011 (also 21 December 2011 has been mentioned as a triple backup). Beings that we are all still here, I guess this is another failure to truly celebrate.

Camping made a fundamental mistake in this pseudo-science…he actually subjected his hypothesis to an independently verifiable test (no real need to be double blind in the assessment of whether the world has come to an end or not). One that nearly 7 billion people could and would test. Rule number one for charlatans is never to make a prediction that can be tested. Make them vague, nebulous and most of all deniable. Aside from the many who lost significant amounts of money as well as a suffered great distress, hopefully the silver lining to the cloud of doom that never came will be less gullibility to such charades.

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