Exposing PseudoAstronomy

September 7, 2009

Planet X and 2012: The “Institute for Human Continuity” Is NOT REAL


Introduction

I know I said I wouldn’t be doing another post until around October, but this is just really ticking me off, so I need to post about it. For those who don’t know, I listen to Coast to Coast AM, a paranormal radio show that lasts 4 hrs, in order to get ideas for blog posts. But now, people are calling into the show convinced that a movie promo is a real thing, and they’re getting worried. To me, this is incredibly irresponsible, so let’s talk about it.

All posts in this series:

The “Institute for Human Continuity”

I liked the movie Independence Day. I thought it was good, and I could suspend enough disbelief to enjoy it. But, the director, Roland Emmerich, has not followed up with movies that are as good. First there was Godzilla that got panned by the critics. And there was Day After Tomorrow. Now, there’s the 2012 movie due out this Fall (2009). Once again, he gets to destroy the White House, this time with CGI instead of models.

What does this have to do with the “Institute for Human Continuity?” Well, several months ago, an innocuous website appeared for them. They claimed that they’d been tracking Planet X for years, it’s going to cause all sorts of havoc on Earth when it comes by (in 2012), and that they’re running a lottery for people for spots in their safehouse.

It is a very slick website, and right at the top is a “REGISTER NOW FOR SURVIVAL LOTTERY.” It has movies of destruction, apparent doctors (Ph.D.s) who backup their claims and are involved in their project, a poll of “Which disaster scenario do you think will happen in 2012?” with “Planet X,” “Crustal Displacement,” and “Solar Activity” as the options (as of writing this), and for all intents and purposes it looks VERY convincing.

The only problem is that it’s all fake.

At the time it came up, there was NO disclaimer on the website. The only sign that it may be publicity for a movie was the little © 2009 Sony Pictures at the bottom of the website. In my righteous outrage, I sent them an e-mail saying that I thought it was irresponsible advertising to frighten people with such a website without a disclaimer.

Since then – I doubt it was due to my unanswered e-mail, but perhaps due to their own lawyers – they have made it a little more obvious that the site is to promote the 2012 movie. Unfortunately, that amounts to a small text at the bottom that states, “Explore the 2012 Movie Experience.” I searched their site for several minutes, and that was all I could find.

Irresponsible Advertising and Fear-Mongering

And it’s scaring people. “My daughter and I just saw a commercial for it on the History Channel and there was no indication that it’s fake. It must be real.” That was what a recent caller into the Coast to Coast AM episode I was listening just said. Others are just as convinced it’s real.

In my opinion, this is incredibly irresponsible advertising. But that’s really for a lawyer to decide. It’s using a popular myth and drumming it up, playing off of it in order to create more interest for their upcoming movie.

Final Thoughts

You may disagree with me. You may think I’m over-reacting to something that should – to any reasonable person – obviously be taken as a movie promo.

But it’s not being seen as that. People think it’s real because the popular culture thinks the end of the world is coming on December 21, 2012, and this only adds to that. Sony Pictures has not made it sufficiently clear that this is just a fake site in order to create interest in their movie. There comes a point where there’s personal responsibility for people viewing things on TV and the internet, but there also comes a point where corporations should be responsible for the fear they create.

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17 Comments »

  1. wwww.code000.co.cc
    2012 is really the end of world!!
    Sounds interesting,doesn’t it?

    Well if you search google ‘2012’ you will get 250 billion hits.But are they really true?

    The most scary thing that i have known is the arrival of planet ‘Nibiru’. It enters our solar system once in every 3500 years.It had come at the time of Noha which created a massive flood that the water level rised even above the himalaya mountains.Nibiru us considered to be the 12th planet in our solar system. It acts like a sun that i has its own planets revolving around it. Nibiru was visible at the southern part of the world at may 15 2009. It looked like small second sun. By 2012 it would be visible all the time in he sky.By that time earth would be in between the sun and the second sun Nibiru. This affects earth much.
    More about what will happen nibiru’s appearance they have created a video which gives us all the details..the video can be seen at http://www.code000.co.cc

    Comment by Nadheer — September 8, 2009 @ 6:36 am | Reply

  2. http://www.code000.co.cc
    2012 is definitely the end of world!!
    Sounds interesting, huh?

    Well this news or rumours going on about 2012 i cannot say reading all the proofs that they
    are just rumours.But still we have got no strong evidence to proove it.

    But recently what i found most scary was the arrival of planet ‘Nibiru’ into out solar system
    which has made quite a panic.Nibiru enters the solar system once in every 3500 years.At the the time
    of Noha it has appearead and it caused a massive flood that the water level was above even the great
    himalaya mountains.Planet Nibiru is considered to be the 12th planet in our solar system and it
    it acts itself as a sun and it has planets revolving around it.In May 15 2009 nibiru was seen
    beside the sun in the southern parts of the world.It appeared as if a second glowing sun.By 2012
    it will be visible all the time in the sky and earth will be in between the sun and the nibiru.
    ie, earth will be in between two suns which will make something.

    There is a whole video provided about the information about Nibiru.

    Comment by Nadheer — September 8, 2009 @ 6:59 am | Reply

  3. Yes, well you were expecting the land of make believe to produce reality? The movie version of 2012 only came about because Emmerich saw there were tens of thousands of web pages devoted it and jumped on the blockbuster disaster flick wagon again. Not a direct quote, but the gist of what he recently did say as published on some of the entertainment sites.

    If you knew it was a hoax, why would you pay for a survival space lottery ticket? The worst part of all of this 2012 end of the world scenario is that the History Channel, and Hollywood are spinning lunatic fringe with the Bible and ancient cultural teachings and feeding it into the vacant minds staring at the Programmer.

    Why all the smoke and mirrors? Where is the real 2012 info and why is it that it is woven into a spiders web as intricate as the background on a $1 bill? It’s in that tangled mass of information, you just need hundreds of hours to sift through it all. Thanks to Sony pictures, finding the real 2012 info gets harder every day.

    Comment by Knowing — September 8, 2009 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  4. Your astronomy research gives me a lot of trust in your comments, and what
    a relief it is to have your perspective.

    Thanks for protesting the Fear Mongering, and reminding all that 2012 is the End of an Age (Piscean), not End of the World! This is like a re-take of Orson Welle’s “War of the Worlds” back in the early 1950’s. I was only about
    ten years of age back then; I was terrorized! I STILL remember the trauma of the fictionalized parents turning into zombie-like beings.

    I’d like to hear you say more about the supposed alignment of planets to a Black Hole in the center of the Milky Way, Dec 12, 2012. I’ve read elsewhere that it is this alignment that will cause the catastrophic PoleShift on Earth and perhaps elsewhere in our solar system.

    Looking forward to the response!

    Comment by Linda — September 17, 2009 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  5. Linda I think Stu has posted already that this alignment will cause a pole shift is utter utter hogwash.

    Comment by kamamer — September 25, 2009 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  6. Nadheer you’re going to need to make some actual sense. Okay?

    Comment by kamamer — September 25, 2009 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  7. Linda according to wiki the end of the piscean age and the “dawning of the age of aquarius” either happened in the 15th century or won’t happen until as late as the 37th century.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Aquarius

    I suspect astrologers have moved the date to 2012 to cash in.

    Comment by kamamer — September 25, 2009 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  8. Hi again;

    Thank you for your excellent series of posts about the 2012 doomsday hoax.

    There is a new website dedicated to refuting and debunking this hoax. I am one of the authors. It’s actually a wiki, so anyone who cares to contribute can do so. It is http://2012hoax.org. No ads, no pitches for money, just straight dope on 2012.

    By the way: brace yourself for tomorrow night. Sony is doing a 2-minute run of a scene from their movie. A cliff-hanger teaser that will direct them to another site (advertising the movie) to see the ending.

    Comment by Astrogeek — September 30, 2009 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the kudos and warnings, Astrogeek. I’ve been REALLY busy lately, in fact I’m at a conference right now in Arizona, so I can’t say it’s likely I’ll contribute to the 2012hoax.or site any time soon.

      Comment by astrostu206265 — September 30, 2009 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  9. Well one thing, at least I get to see the 2011 rugby world cup.

    Comment by Revel — October 4, 2009 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  10. Well i did see the commercial and i got scared which made me think what if it does happen my whole family will die. Nope there are theorys of what will happen on 2012 none of them have strong backup.There are also theorys against it that make perfect sense. 2012 is a cashcow after all americans beleive everything they see on the history channel because its “educational”. What are the chances that the history channel discoveres 2012 4 years before 2012. The history channel wasn’t trieing toscare the [----] out of everybody on the planet they just wanted to swindel people out of their money. If planet x or nibura existed dont you think we would have [----] senn them by now!
    This is the exact think people obsess over. We as humans have had much closer calls than this. An example is the hale-bop comet swished pass earth nearly getting drawn in by its gravity 30 people commit suicide because they though this is it this is the big one. Now they would do anything to be alive again. However to be on the fair side that thing was HUGE! Don’t be worried about 2012 it’s not gonna happen.

    [Blog Author's Note -- Alec, you are free to express yourself here, but I try to keep this PG-rated so I have edited out the profanity you used.]

    Comment by Alec fecteau — October 14, 2009 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

  11. I would suggest of anyone really thinks 2012 is going to happen, I mean the catastophe not the year which will, than go to astrogeeks site aswell. There are a lot of interesting comments and a lot of worried parents with kids talking about this stuff. IT will put your mind at rest, I know it did mine. Thanks Astrostu it’s about time someone talked some sense intead of just believing what they see on the TV and read in so called books by so called experts.

    Comment by Blodwang — October 17, 2009 @ 4:58 am | Reply

  12. I went to see the movie. They should have called it Deep Impact: The Quickening. It really looks like they just had a massive disaster movie script and tacked on a wash of 2012 crap. Actually there was very little 2012 woo, save for the beginning. Looks like a big ad hoc marketing push tried to capitalize on the 2012 hype. No Nibru. Just oh some crap about an excess of neutrinos microwaving the center of the earth.

    Not 100% bad this movie. Pretty anti-religious in a way. Anyone who prays dies. Anyone who makes hard rational choices lives.

    Comment by Karl — November 16, 2009 @ 7:06 am | Reply

  13. Hello, here is a piece of information about Planet X:

    HERCOLUBUS, THE PLANET APPROACHING EARTH

    There are some questions about heavenly mechanics which are unknown to current science. One of them is related to the approach of Hercolubus, a planet whose name comes from ancient knowledge. Its approach to our solar system is not only a forthcoming fact that everybody will be able to see, but it will also be an event resulting in big upheavals all over the world.

    In life’s flow everything returns to its beginning or its end, and Hercolubus, in its former approach, previously put a stop to the Atlantis civilization. These facts, well known by all the sages who in the course of history enjoyed Awakened Consciousness, were communicated through all the stories of `world-wide Floods´ coming from different religions and cultures.

    A lot of authors have talked about such cosmic phenomenon throughout the ages. V.M. Rabolú was one of those people who enjoyed the faculties of Awakened Consciousness, which let him investigate about this heavenly body’s approach.

    We have picked out the next paragraphs from his book entitled `Hercolubus or Red Planet´:

    `When Hercolubus comes closer to the Earth and aligns with the Sun, deadly epidemics will begin to spread over the entire planet. Neither doctors nor official science will know what sort of illnesses they are or how to cure them. They will be powerless in the face of the epidemics.´
    `The moment of tragedy and darkness will come: tremors, earthquakes and tidal waves. Human beings will become mentally unbalanced, because they will not be able to eat or sleep. In the face of danger, they will throw themselves over the precipice en masse, completely mad.´
    `What I am affirming in this book is a prophecy that will be fulfilled very shortly, because I am certain about the end of the planet; I know it. I am not frightening, but warning, because I am distressed about this poor Humanity. These events will not be long in coming and there is no time to waste with illusory things. ´

    V.M. Rabolú teaches in his book the techniques to eliminate our psychological defects and how to achieve astral projection as the only existing way of escaping from the forthcoming cataclysm. He finishes by saying:

    `Dear reader: I am speaking very clearly so that you understand the need to start working seriously. Whoever is working will be rescued from the danger. This is not for you to make up theories or hold discussions, but to experience the true teaching that I am giving in this book. We can resort to nothing else´.

    Because of the immense importance of this warning message for humanity, the association Alcione is sending free copies of the book ‘Hercolubus or Red Planet’ to any place worldwide. You can request a free copy of that book at:
    http://www.hercolubus.tv

    Comment by Charles Esser — January 18, 2010 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

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