Exposing PseudoAstronomy

September 24, 2017

Podcast Episode 164: The World Didn’t End on September 23, 2017


Doomsday yet again!
The story of this one, though,
Has a surprise end.

A much shorter episode this time, announcing what you already know: We survived doomsday, again (yay!). But, the story of this particular doomsday claim may surprise you — it did me. But I could be wrong, so please let me know if you have additional information beyond what I found (listen to the episode for more of what I’m talking about).

Meanwhile, this is either a bonus episode or the episode for the second half of September. I haven’t decided yet because I’m not sure if I can get out another episode before the beginning of October. My 10-day vacation in Utah was great, but it requires a lot of catch-up at work.

There are no additional segments.

Gallifrey in the Skies of Earth (from Doctor Who episode S04E18)

Gallifrey in the Skies of Earth (from Doctor Who episode S04E18)

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6 Comments »

  1. Good episode, it is certainly a strange case, usually it’s the promoters of fringe claims that misrepresent what (their opponents) say, not the media outlets. It could make for an interesting skeptical research project to figure out just how generic planet x stuff was transformed into it going to strike Earth on a specific date. But I suspect it would end up like trying to chase down the source of an urban myth, following an endless chain of ‘friends of friends’ with no end in sight.

    Comment by Graham — September 25, 2017 @ 2:47 am | Reply

    • I considered it before putting out the episode but decided it wasn’t worth the time.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 25, 2017 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

    Comment by Vincent S Artale Jr — September 25, 2017 @ 4:51 am | Reply

  3. I think it’s time for people to be far more careful with talking about the end of the world. Everyone gets their hopes up and are ultimately left empty-handed and disappointed when it doesn’t happen.

    Comment by Yakaru — September 25, 2017 @ 5:58 am | Reply

    • I think it’s time for people to be far more careful and critical when talking about anything.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 25, 2017 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  4. Ofcourse it didnt, such hoaxes are created every year to discredit true movements.

    Comment by Henry — September 27, 2017 @ 10:38 pm | Reply


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