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Doomsday scenarios

Author: Noah Berlatsky
Publisher: Detroit : Greenhaven Press, ©2011.
Series: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Essays offer opposing opinions on whether predictions of the end of the world should be taken seriously, on religiously based ideas of the end of the world, and on the ways humans might bring about or prevent global disasters.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noah Berlatsky
ISBN: 9780737757217 0737757213 9780737757224 0737757221
OCLC Number: 698360625
Description: 230 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Many doomsday prophecies have failed to come to pass / Benjamin Radford --
Year 2000 (Y2K) doomsday scenarios were proven false / B.A. Robinson --
The Y2K doomsday scenario was a real danger narrowly averted / Catherine Winter --
The 2012 Mayan doomsday scenario may have a scientific basis / Lawrence Joseph, interviewed by Brandon Keim --
The 2012 Mayan doomsday scenario is groundless / Craig Smith --
The doomsday clock has provided a gauge of world danger / Bulletin of the atomic scientists --
The doomsday clock does not provide a good gauge of world danger / Michael Anton --
Psychological factors can explain apocalyptic doomsday cults / Peter A. Olsson --
Sociological factors can explain apocalyptic doomsday cults / William Kornblum --
Belief in the rapture is theologically and politically dangerous / Bill Barnwell --
If understood correctly, belief in the rapture is not dangerous / Paul Proctor --
Christian solidarity is needed to prevent Islam from destroying the West / James P. Pinkerton --
Islamic and Christian doomsday scenarios both undermine peace / Farzana Hassan --
Large hadron collider doomsday fears can help scientists prepare for real dangers / Ian Sample --
Large hadron collider doomsday fears are unfounded / CERN --
Apocalypse remains a real possibility as long as there are nuclear weapons / Tad Daley --
Nuclear apocalypse is not likely / Gerard DeGroot --
Global warming will cause a planetwide catastrophe / R.T. Pierrehumbert --
Global warming doomsday fears are exaggerated / Kevin Shapiro --
The doomsday seed vault can help prevent a global warming catastrophe / Lars Peder Brekk --
The doomsday seed vault may lead to biowarfare disaster / F. William Engdahl --
Scientists should prepare for nanotechnology disaster scenarios / Dave Levitan --
Artificial intelligence poses a doomsday threat / Kaj Sotala --
Neither AI nor nanotech poses a doomsday threat / Zack Parsons.
Series Title: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Noah Berlatsky, book editor.

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Essays offer opposing opinions on whether predictions of the end of the world should be taken seriously, on religiously based ideas of the end of the world, and on the ways humans might bring about or prevent global disasters.

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