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November 19, 2009

The end of the world

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 5:36 am

-Glossary-

*prophet : a person who claims to know what will happen in the future.

*eschatology : the part of theology concerned with death and judgement.

*rotation : the action of an object moving in a circle around a central fixed point.

*axis : an imaginary line through the centre of an object, around which the object turns.

*upheaval : a big change that causes a lot of confusion, worry and problems.

-Text-

Do you know what December 21th, 2012 means? This date is when many prophets have foretold the downfall of the earth. Recently, the movie 「2012」was released. This movie is on the subject of the world.[1]
For many years, other movies have been made about the end of the world. For example, there has been 「Armageddon」, 「Deep Impact」, 「Tommorrow」, 「Independence Day」 ect. also, this topic was broadcast on the MBC mysterious TV . Since then, people have been interested in this topic more and more.
That is based on the following cases.

First, It is well known that the ancient Maya calendar ends in 2012. And according to the prophecies of Nostradamus, the world will end in 2012. As well as, other prophets have foretold about it, too.[2]

Second, foresees eschatology of the Earth. is the program which estimates market forecasts in the United States. When big incidents happen, the graphs in this program always change dramatically. This program foreknows many incidents. Then stops at the year 2012. This means that there will be no more data to analyze, so this year will be the end of the world[3]

Third, some people believe that there is another planet, called Planet X. NASA denied that Planet X exists. However, some people believe that Planet X will come close to the Earth, the Earth’s rotational axis will change. It would cause a tremendous upheaval.[4]

Actually, there have been predictions before, but they proved to be false. Is the end of the Earth coming this time? Believe it or not.

-Reference-

[1]http://www.sisaseoul.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=11931
[2]http://www.newshankuk.com/news/news_view.asp?articleno=k2009100212550088958
[3]http://www.fpskorea.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=cs_freeboard3&wr_id=615241
[4]http://cafe.naver.com/nolifeanimal.cafe?iframe_url=/ArticleRead.nhn%3Farticleid=13934

-Discussion Questions-

1. Have you ever thought about the end of the world?
2. If today were the end of the world , what would you do?
3. What are some ways that you could save yourself?
4. Do you believe this prediction? why or why not?
5. what will be cause of the end of the world?

-members (group 2 of class #172)

oh hyun-soo(glossary)
Lee eun-ji(references)
Jung ji-eun(typing)
Hong ji-hyun(pictures)

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