You've probably heard something about the 21st of next month being a really bad day all around. A rogue planet, a marauding comet, or some such nastiness will wipe out life itself, or at least civilization, when the Maya calendar "ends." You don’t believe that sort of stuff, of course, but you might know someone who does. So, did you have a better comeback when they told you about the Maya apocalypse than when they insisted global warming was a figment of Al Gore's imagination?
If not, join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 29 November, on this page to discuss the coming Armageddon with two experts who have been answering Doomsday questions from a worried public for years. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.
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Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, and a senior scientist in astrobiology and lunar science with NASA. Morrison has been outspoken in exposing the hoax of doomsday 2012, in part as NASA’s answer man on the Ask an Astrobiologist webpage
Bill Hudson is an amateur astronomer. Introduced to the 2012 doomsday rumors four years ago during one of his school astronomy presentations, he helped set up 2012hoax.org. He now maintains this website that is dedicated to dispelling the 2012 doomsday myth by providing facts and scientific criticism of the various doomsday claims.
A week after defending his dissertation in 1977, Dick found himself in D.C. as a bona fide science writer working at Science magazine.