December 20, 2012

Apocalypse No?

Why do so many people believe in end-of-the-world scenarios?

As December 21st nears people from Russia to Turkey to the US are preparing for the apocalypse. Whether it’s the Mayan calendar ending or Planet Nibiru colliding with the earth or the world’s magnetic poles flip flopping, why do people insist on believing in these doomsday scenarios? And have survivalists transitioned to the mainstream as financial woes and natural disasters increase?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Asawin Suebsaeng @swin24
Interactive Writing Fellow, Mother Jones

Lorenzo DiTomasso
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Concordia University

Lisa Bedford @TheSurvivalMom
Author,The Survival Mom

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.