Skeptic Zone interview: Doooooomsday

By Phil Plait | January 16, 2012 11:37 am

My old pal Richard Saunders from Australia skyped me up (which sounds dirtier than it is) and we chatted about doomsday prophecies — 2012, mostly, but also all the endless failed predictions of years gone by — for his podcast The Skeptic Zone (you can grab the MP3 here too). It’s always fun to chat with Richard. We’ve known each other a long time (as you can tell by the picture of the two of us there — click to southernhemispherenate) and I think that helps.

I also gush a bit about the live stuff I’m doing with Fraser Cain on Google+, including astronomy news roundups every Thursday, and live video telescope viewing via webcams. My part starts at about 12:30 in, but you should listen to the whole thing. It’s a good podcast, and he has an adorable accent.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Debunking, Skepticism

Comments (10)

  1. RAF

    You look “startled”, Phil…was the hug unexpected?? :)

  2. Dinosaurs went extinct when they overgrazed a laxative fern to extinction, hence coprolites. Humans go extinct when they overgraze credit default swaps to economic extinction. That would be later this week.

  3. Thomas Siefert

    Mate, accent? What are you bloody talking about?

  4. Davros

    Richard has no accent but you do

    another from Down under

  5. MattTheTubaGuy

    hmm, wouldn’t southernhemispherenate turn the picture uʍop ǝpısdn?
    From NZ (across the ditch from Down Under)
    Listening to the podcast now. They don’t sound quite as Australian as I expected!

  6. Nigel Depledge

    @ all Aussies commenting about the “accent” comment –

    Don’t worry about it, guys. Those USAians even think that we Brits have an accent! Can you believe it !


  7. Douglas Troy

    LOL. Hilarious picture. Looks like a still shot from a B-Rated Vampire flick with Phil playing the soon-to-be victim. :)

  8. adam

    Phil, are you groping Richards boob???

  9. mike burkhart

    As I’ve said I’m not worried about the end of the world coming in 2012. I think you may need to respond to one prediction. Many of you may have seen comercils form a encomist predicting an event that will bring down America. Well hears his prediction : the dollar will lose all value, the economy of the U.S. will collipse along with other world economys , there will be rioting like we’ve never seen before ,the President will declare martial law , and will become the nations frist dictator, all civil rights will be taken away. Sounds a bit farfeched ,but this guy predicited the cirisis of 2008.and also this is not some religous prophcey, I’ll just wait and see.

  10. sHx


    I thought your gonna talk about the upcoming climate doomsday, which is expected to become inevitable at any moment now, if it is not a certainty already.


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