The end is near! At least that’s what many would-be internet prophets
and media messiahs would have you believe after a recent spate of mass
bird, fish and turtle dove die-offs. Scientists have been quick to point
out that these strange occurrences are actually common and have logical
explanations. But that hasn’t stopped doomsday, conspiracy theorists
from postulating about UFO’s, government conspiracies, and all manner of
religious end-of-times scenarios. Jumping to these kinds of conclusions
is nothing new, but why are people so quick to cry Armageddon? Is
seeing THE END around every corner unique to our culture? Or does it
transcend cultural and generational boundaries? Finally, is it harmless
morbidity, or something more dangerous?
Michael Shermer the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine
talks to KPCC and explains the mass bird die-offs using rational scientific explanations.