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Space.com REPORTS - Believers In Mysterious Planet Nibiru Await Earth's End
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1457176:MV8xNTU0NTQ5XzI1Njc3NTg4XzlFQjhENzlB] Ya I just realize that the guy that owns SPACE.com also owns that other website that it was posted on yesterday. [/quote]
Renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan once described a "baloney detection kit" — a set of tools that skeptical thinkers use to investigate any new concept. A few of the key tools include a healthy distrust of information that isn't independently verified, critically assessing an idea rather than becoming irrationally attached to it simply because it's intriguing, and a preference for simple explanations over wildly speculative ones.
The waxing obsession with Nibiru, which conspiracy theorists say is a planet swinging in from the outskirts of our solar system that is going to crash into Earth and wipe out humanity in 2012 — or, in some opinions, 2011 — shows that an astonishing number of people "are watching YouTube videos and visiting slick websites with nothing in their skeptical toolkit," in the words of David Morrison, a planetary astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center and senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute.
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