Categories News and events transport Sometimes it feels like you might be waiting until doomsday for the bus Post date Sun 22 May 2011 6 Comments on Sometimes it feels like you might be waiting until doomsday for the bus Pic taken this morning, if you wondered. Disclaimer: actually bus 223 is pretty frequent, because it’s a former tram route. (Spotted by J.) Update: BBC News: ‘Rapture’: Believers perplexed after prediction fails Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInReddit Tags buses, Footscray, rapture 6 Comments on Sometimes it feels like you might be waiting until doomsday for the bus By Daniel Bowen Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek. Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia. Opinions on this blog are all mine. View Archive → ← Awesome gigantic pic of my stepfather outside the Immigration Museum → Southern Cross Station as viewed from above 6 replies on “Sometimes it feels like you might be waiting until doomsday for the bus” Yeah, happy to report nothing much happened in Taiwan here either. This is why the public shouldn’t listen to old people… I see that nutjob Camping has changed the batteries in his calculator and crunched the numbers again to come up with a new date: Oct 21. http://www.theage.com.au/world/rapture-actually-coming-in-october-says-camping-20110524-1f1ln.html Personally, I just wish I’d been smart enough to come up with the idea that this other guy did, to capitalise on people’s beliefs about the Rapture: http://eternal-earthbound-pets.com/ I’m an animal lover, and an atheist, and I’m prepared to blaspheme in accordance with Mark 3:29, so I’m eminently qualified to start a franchise here in Melbourne. From what I’ve read, the guy who runs the US operation seems to be doing pretty good business, especially in the Bible Belt. Problem is, I think most Melburnians are far too sensible to sign up for it. [Sigh.] There goes my chance of making millions. I find it very creepy that there are people in our society who are disappointed when there is no apocalypse or huge disasters, these people are seriously messed up. I’ve seen American evangelists go to the Middle East to stir up the Israelis’ as they are an important part of the “end of times” according to some bizarre interpretation of the scriptures. I guess like anything in the world’s religious books you can read anything you like into them and call it fact :-( I really don’t get it why people are spreading rumors about doomsday. I find it very creepy. And there’s another news that just came in hours ago saying that it was rescheduled to October of this year. It doesn’t make sense. Really. You don’t get why people believe this “end is nigh” stuff? All sorts of reasons. Off the top of my head: the need to feel special. Wishful thinking. The narrative fallacy. The tendency to see patterns where there are none. (We’re more like pigeons than we think.) Demonising a perceived enemy. Moral exclusion. Comfort. Homophily. Groupthink. Rejection of the complex in favour of the simple. Selective memory. Downright trickery. And plenty more reasons… There are some excellent and highly readable books that address this subject. Two that I can recommend are “Why People Believe Weird Things” by Michael Shermer, and “Bad Science” by Ben Goldacre. That billboard was actually up a couple of months ago, went away for a while, and came back just in time to be proven wrong… Always puts a smile on my face. Which might not be the intention, I guess. Comments are closed.