Likely, unlikely, and overlooked ways and scenarios on how the world will end. "We are all doomed! Doomed I say!" Yes we are. It is not a matter of if. It is only a matter of when. Let us count the ways... Warning, some humor may be present.
Alternate title for this page
- How and What Are the Ways the Human Race Will Become Extinct
List of Doomsday and Armageddon Events and Scenarios
GalaxiesAndromeda is indeed set for a galactic collision with the Milky Way. That's going to be a real mess. Fortunately, we can put a pin in that. Not scheduled for another three billion years or so.
AsteroidsThey are wandering all over the place out there. They have hit us before and they will hit us again. In fact, we just recently had another near-miss.
CometsSeems like those keep dropping by all the time. Sooner or later, one of them is going to decide to stay. They are not our friends.
MeteorsAs for the really big ones, they might as well be asteroids. Come to think of it, at what size does a meteor become an asteroid? Inquiring minds want to know.
Anti-Matter and/or Dark-MatterThis stuff is scattered everywhere. It does not get along well with regular matter. Sooner or later our solar system is going to wander into it. Or it is going to wander into us. One way or another, it is going to eventually happen.
The SunThose pesky solar storms, solar flares, solar winds, EMP's... Historians say it won't be the first time. Actually, we were seriously clobbered once before back in1859. The EMP was strong enough to short out telegraph wires, batteries, and do all sorts of other mischief. Imagine if that same intensity EMP were to drop by today. Not a case of if, only a matter of when.
The SunNovas. This is another one that isn't scheduled for a few billion years. Then again, who knows?
The EarthClimate change is apparently already in progress. The oceans are rising as we speak. The polar ice caps are melting and icebergs the size of states are breaking off as you read this. New temperature heat records are being set around the world. It is said there is still time to turn this around, but only if our species gets busy about it.
The EarthSuper volcanoes have happened before and they will happen again. Aside from the immediate damage, welcome to the beginning of the next ice age. Would a properly timed super volcano offset the aforementioned climate change? A couple of strategically placed nuclear devices could probably make that happen. Inquiring minds want to know.
The EarthVolcano or not, the next regularly scheduled ice age is already overdue.
The EarthThe magnetic pole reversal could happen any day now. How all our electronic circuitry (which is attached to all sorts of interesting things...) will react is anybody's guess.
Genetics ResearchSooner or later, someone, somewhere, is going to mess up. Either the wrong stuff gets accidentally released into the environment. Or something "safe" is deliberately allowed; at which point it gets its own bright idea to mutate.
Genetics ResearchWhen the terrorists get a hold of it, otherwise known as bioterrorism.
GodIf He ever decides to just give up on us...
EvolutionEvolution hasn't stopped. And the next species is usually more advanced than the previous one. And it's a pretty good bet the first order of business for the new species will be to get rid of the old species.
EvolutionAnd then there are those pesky new viruses and bacteria that keep coming along...
AIWhether by accident or design, sooner or later advanced artificial intelligence (AI) will happen. And if it has an attitude...
AliensMost folks agree there are other lifeforms in the universe. It stands to reason some of them are as un-nice as we are.
LHCCERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has not gone away. For those who have forgotten previous years media news, the LHC is the world’s largest particle accelerator. It is still busily creating fermions, Higgs bosons, dark-matter, antimatter, quarks, leptons, strangelets, supersymmetry, vacuum bubbles, black holes, and who knows what else might come up next. Sooner or later, one of these critters might not get along very well with the physical laws of this universe.
Lab RatsIt is a well-known theory we are all just lab rats. Sooner or later the experimenter is going to clean out the cage.
Programmed ExtinctionThere is research indicating all species' genomes/DNA automatically lose their ability to replicate/reproduce over time. Sort of a naturally occurring kill-switch when nothing else comes along to do the job. This fits in nicely with the previous scenario. As a safety kill-switch, we are genetically programmed to die as individuals. And as a safety kill-switch, we are also genetically programmed to eventually lose the ability to reproduce as a species. As lab rats in an experiment, this kill-switch was incorporated in case the experiment somehow got out of hand. It is the same as what we attempt to do ourselves with virus and bacteria experiments.
The BombNuclear war is always still on the table. The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, etc. just can't seem to get along with certain others. Brinksmanship seems to be the national sport with certain politicians and nations. Some days are worse than others.
The BombWhen the terrorists get a hold of it.
North KoreaThis one is currently the most probable of the entire list. The leader of this country has been known to execute his own generals, members of his own staff, and anyone else he is unhappy with. There is an actual possibility he could launch a live ICBM at a live target just for the heck of it or to assure himself of a prominent place in the history books. [Update. As of March 2018, things seem to have considerably calmed down in this regard. Now it is Russia that is turning into a major problem.]
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