Biology Spencer Cox
Current events #2 12/8/12
For this current events report I listened to a seminar from Dr. Scott Calvin about why the world will not end in 2012. This seminar was about the various reasons why the world will not end in 2012 despite others beliefs based on the Mayan calendar which ends on the date December 21st 2012. In this seminar Dr. Scott Calvin thoroughly explained the various reasons behind why the world will not end in 2012. The reason that I believe was the most popular and questioned was about asteroids. What many people do not know is that we have already found all the asteroids that could cause damage to the earth and we are able to tell very far ahead of time whether or not they will hit the earth. This wipes out one of the most common beliefs that the earth will be hit by an asteroid. The second and most scary end of the world scenario explained was a solar flare. A solar flare is when the sun releases a massive amount of rays that can destroy electronics. The thing about this is that it hasn't occurred in over two hundred years and we would have twenty four hours notice before it would occur. It's also very easy to deal with because in order to counteract it all you have to do is turn off the power around the world for a day and wait for it to pass so that it would cause no damage. Its due to the fact that scenarios that could cause the most damage to the earth and could kill the most people. Essentially the seminar summed everything up by giving facts the proved that the world will not end anytime soon.
The relevance of this article to what is currently happening in the world is the fact that December 21st 2012 is approaching very quickly and many people were very curious including myself about what the verdict was about what was going to happen on this date. Furthermore the fact that there is a lot of controversy and different opinions surrounding this topic and making it a very touchy subject for some people just like stem cell use.
I personally believed that this seminar was flawless. There was nothing that wasn't supported or backed up by research and facts that make the seminar more strong due to the fact that there was nothing that wasn't true being taught and explained to us in this seminar, all key points were covered and nothing that was presented in the seminar was just a theory.