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    Posted: 26 Aug 2012 at 22:54
Watched 2012 on the weekend. If you were not on a ark, you were gonna die. Recently a movie came out, "Seeking a friend for the end of the world". Ordinary people given three weeks notice of impending doom.

Now say you were a powerful world leader or someone else of importance and had for knowledge of an impending extinction event, what would your view on telling the general public about their fate. Would you try to keep it secret till the last possible moment? If you don't need to tell people don't tell them at all? Or the people have a right to know of their up and coming deaths? What would be the implications of your decision?

DO THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW?

If a thread like this already exists, get rid of it. It it is the wrong area, please move it.

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If you going to die, at least get the spelling right... it's "we're" LOL. These things are important...even if you are on the brink of a mass extinction event. LOL

If you like a sprinkling of doom on the porridge of life, read Sir Martyn Rees's "Our Final Century" - he doesn't think we'll see 2100.  I think he's got a point. There are so many ways in which we could trip up without being aware of having entered the danger zone e.g. with potentially lethal viruses, or creating robot intelligences that mutate into dangerous forms.   
 
 
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I'm a greedy evil selfish US conservative, what do you think?

Evil Smile I'd tell my government and international allies to head for the recently completed terraformed Martian planet (At the same time ruthlessly silencing any and all whistle blowers), withdraw all my money from the bank, gather up all of my family and the slaves that will serve us new elites on the new planet and in the off chance that  i might remember it, i'd probably mention it as a passing comment to the press that everyone is about to die as i am walking out the door!Evil Smile

All kidding aside and considering the timing is right and there is no threat to civil disorder in doing so, i would tell everyone as soon as it was practical.  i.e. A.S.A.P.





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Thank you for the correction David. I noticed it about Five seconds after I pressed send and kicked myself very hard. If someone is a moderator please feel free to fix my spelling mistake.

I will look up Rees's book. Thank you.
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I took care of it for you. For future reference, if anyone makes a typographical error in the "original post title", it should be easy enough to correct by clicking the edit button in the "original post" located in the post options next to the time stamp. Hope this helps.
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Ta Panther.

I am not sure if I would like to know, being the kind of person who would like to die suddenly and unexpectedly.
"Mind that bus." "What Bus?" WHACK.

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Originally posted by Birddog Birddog wrote:

Ta Panther.

I am not sure if I would like to know, being the kind of person who would like to die suddenly and unexpectedly.
"Mind that bus." "What Bus?" WHACK.


Or... your just minding your own business, doing whatever it is that you do during any given day and then a few seconds later your being painfully consumed before your very eyes. And then you realize what is occurring, your ceasing to exist, and then... well your worries are immediately over. Congratulations, you were just one tasty smorgasbord of a snack out of a planet full of matter just waiting to be used as fuel for self replicating molecular nanobots.



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At first, in the interests of public order, I would say no.

And then I would realise the enormous sense of brotherhood and solidarity the people of the world would surrender to once the burden of needing to survive had been removed. It would have been like nothing before in history, and it deserved its moment. Even if the end of everything was the catalyst.
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Nobody would believe me anyway. 

I guess though I should give everyone at least a chance to repent, so I'd get out the old placard and freshen up the slogan "The End Is Nigh" and walk around with it in the fine tradition of the cartoon industry.
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No - we are best off not knowing anything....
Furthermore - what is there to be scared of??
- if you are a believer you look forward with great expectations, green pastures, virgins -  come what may...
 
If you're not a believer, well, how important was the year of 1750 for you personally?
Not important?, right - that goes for 2080 as well and for the same reason.
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What about children? An adult can possibly face up to the impending doom. An adult can take sollice in faith (if they are that way inclinded) or an atheist can curse the randomness of creation that has decreed the ending of personal existence. But what of children? Of of innocent children and surly adolcents? If the news is broken to adults it is going to get to the children?
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My opinion is, we were all gonna somehow, so atleast we all die together!! That is, if the world ends. When I was a child, impending doom was almost certain, with the japanese to the east, russians to the north, and europeans in the west, China was on the verge of eating itself and everyone falling apart, again. Of course, things have changed, and now not even Shaolao can predict what is to come. I don't think that the younger generation (not meaning elementary school children or older, I mean kindergarten and younger) can even coprehend the meaning of "doom" or "death", while when I was a child, I knew of death within 2 years of my life because our farm had a draught, and a lot of my family members are buried under the factories that cover what was the farm. Things have, and always will, change.
在財富的害處,而是一件好事永遠不持續。我在和平中仅居住在新的風下。 Wei Jia Hong No harm in wealth, but a good thing doesn't last forever. I live only among peace under
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Very sorry to hear of your loss.  In case people are confused: I think you meant drought where you wrote draught.  As I can't recognise a single Chinese character, this is said with some humility. :)
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"Universal bereavement is an inspiring achievement"....can't resist:


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Quote We're all gonna die! Should we let the people know?
 
 
What an outrageous assumption!
 
Do you have any reference material for this?
 
What's the source of your information?
 
 
 
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