Scott Cluthe interviews John Michael Greer, whose latest book is Apocalypse Not:Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture is Wrong.
John Michael Greer is a lot of fun but also factual, as he shares about Three Thousand Years of End of Times (That Never Happened).
New Agers count off the days until the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Evangelical Christians look for the Antichrist and long for the Rapture. Extropians dream of the Singularity, when super-intelligent computers will abolish all human limits to progress. Doomers stockpile freeze-dried food as they wait for civilization to crash and burn. Why are we waiting for Armageddon?
Almost since the beginning of civilization, an insatiable willingness to believe has driven people to dream of the apocalypse that will replace the world they've got with the one they've always wanted. All of these predictions have one thing in common: every one of them has been wrong.
From brilliant seers and religious visionaries to conspiracy theorists and fundamentalists, Apocalypse Not exposes prophecies of doom, including:
The Biblical prophets whose successful predictions have been ignored for two thousand years
The failed end time prophesies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton and other visionaries
The tangled interconnections between end time beliefs and the UFO phenomenon
The real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: it's not actually Mayan at all)
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