2012 Questions: NASA Astronomer Responds to Conspiracy Theorists

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/04/24/David_Morrison_Surviving_2012_and_Other_Cosmic_Disasters

NASA scientist David Morrison shares some of the most outrageous questions and comments he has received regarding 2012 and Nibiru (“Planet X”) conspiracies. One of his favorites? “I am getting tired of all the CIA and NSA planes buzzing around my house in circles like I am some freak at a carnival show.”

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This program was recorded in collaboration with the 2010 SkeptiCal Conference, in Berkeley, CA, on April 24, 2010.

Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at the NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard and is internationally known for his research on small bodies in the solar system, including advocacy for developing plans to defend the Earth from impacts by comets and asteroids.

A Fellow of CSI, he has written extensively on such fringe science topics as Velikovsky, cosmic catastrophes, UFOs, the creation science movement, and most recently the climate crisis caused by global warming. For the past two years he has been the primary scientist critic of the widespread fear that the world will end in 2012, and of the doomsday sleaze artists who use the Internet, blogs, and cable TV to frighten people for profit.

Dr. Morrison’s discussion largely centers around the hoax of 2012. – SkeptiCal Conference

David Morrison is the senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., where he participates in a variety of research programs in astrobiology — the study of the living universe.

Dr. Morrison obtained his doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. He is the author of more than 155 technical papers and has published a dozen books. He has been a science investigator on NASA’s Mariner, Voyager and Galileo space missions. Morrison is recipient of the Dryden Medal for research of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Sagan Medal of the American Astronomical Society for public communication, and the Klumpke-Roberts award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for contributions to science education. He has received two NASA Outstanding Leadership medals and he was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank for his work as director of space at NASA Ames. Morrison was a founder of the multidisciplinary field of astrobiology, and he provides on-line answers to questions from the public sent to “Ask an Astrobiologist,” found at: http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/astrobio/

Morrison is perhaps best known for his leadership since 1991 in defining the hazard of asteroid impacts and seeking ways to mitigate this risk. Asteroid 2410 Morrison is named in his honor.

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2012 Questions: NASA Astronomer Responds to Conspiracy Theorists — 25 Comments

  1. @LordSande
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  2. @osamyoosama Which …
    @osamyoosama Which dont make Islam true. I dont think suicide bombing people who draw funny pictures is a meaning of life.

    Oh and there is no “meaning” of life. Its useless to think there is and I wouldnt waste my time on it.

  3. PURPOSE OF LIFE

    PURPOSE OF LIFE
    What Does Islam Say About Life’s Purpose?
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    Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
    “What is the purpose of L I F E?”
    “My life?”
    “Your Life?”

    People everywhere are asking the questions; “What is the purpose of life?” and “Why are we here?” You might be amazed to learn, that Islam is providing clear and concise answers for these questions

  4. People who believe …
    People who believe in Nibiru probably believe in fairies as well.

  5. @venneveetv, that …
    @venneveetv, that is a false assumption. Civilisations had their own engineering techniques and during history these techniques were lost because they were no longer needed. This does not mean aliens built anything. It simply means we’ve evolved our technology/techniques and lost some of the old.

  6. @venneveetv, that …
    @venneveetv, that is a false assumption. Civilisations had their own engineering techniques and during history these techniques were lost because they were no longer needed. This does not mean aliens built anything. It simply means we’ve evolved our technology/techniques and lost some of the old.

  7. @oiuoiu988 …
    @oiuoiu988 Nevermind. I’ve lost all hope. It’s time to end it.

  8. @oiuoiu988 No 2012 …
    @oiuoiu988 No 2012 theory is nearly as stupid as LOSTs final episode. I just hope come 2012 time will run backwards, people will get younger and your life will end when the doctors shove you back into your momma. And you will be crying the whole time.

  9. @Causa10bserver
    so …

    @Causa10bserver
    so the joke was to misspell casual and see if anyone noticed or what? was i the 1st to get it?

  10. @oiuoiu988 Someone …
    @oiuoiu988 Someone got the joke, at least partially, and I’ve been using this screen name for over a year. This makes me sad.

  11. why was baalbek …
    why was baalbek built? why was the pyamids built? Who built petra ?those stones weigh hundred thousands of pounds! strange structures that are hard to comprehend.experts have no idea how they did that! you think earth man built that think again smart guy!

  12. who is making crop …
    who is making crop circles that warn of 2012 its sure not david morrison

  13. @0TobyElliotNewt0 …
    @0TobyElliotNewt0 Wow that really means something coming from a guy with a total of 36 channel views. Now please go away little troll.

  14. @ostormbringero , …
    @ostormbringero , well I’ve been on your channel. And have seen no proof. In fact your whole channel has like a first grader layout going on…
    Man you are like 13 years older than me and still living like a frat-boy probably…
    Grow the F up….

  15. @0TobyElliotNewt0 …
    @0TobyElliotNewt0 In my channel all ur assertions would have been countered so sorry you leave me no choice but to call them as i see them dumb dumb dumb

  16. @ostormbringero oh …
    @ostormbringero oh oh you you posted posted your your post post dubble dubble… …
    dumb dumb dumb dumb ass ass

  17. @0TobyElliotNewt0 …
    @0TobyElliotNewt0 Mister grasping at straws
    1.Ever occur to u that their indeed hiding something? or is it just that u think the system is above lying?btw dont u think that if was an error or some kind of corruption of the data they would have it fix by now?
    2. When i say millpond i was speaking in relative terms and yes no solar flares or sunspots were reported for weakening of earths magnetic field in fact main stream science even admits their baffled… dumb dumb

  18. @ostormbringero
    1) …

    @ostormbringero
    1) the panels could be corrupted like your mind, or maybe an internal server error happened. Have you ever thought about looking at the sky(with your own eyes) through a telescope, and making one of these skymaps? I have and believe me it is no easy task, I didn’t succeed so there could be panels missing…

    2 the sun is never calm like a millpond, it would be dead(d-e-d 4u) if it was calm…
    Also scientifically spoken, a millpond is everything except calm…

  19. Never answers the …
    Never answers the real questions like why are they panels missing on all the sky watch sites or why is the earths magnetic field is acting so erratically when the sun was as calm as a millpond. Theres many more questions but his credibility would be greatly increased if he would just answer those two

  20. @LilBlkAznBeauty I …
    @LilBlkAznBeauty I noticed that black box is near the equator, so obviously you wouldnt need a telescope at the south pole to see it. it would be visible almost anywhere.

    its been like 2 years now, that people have been making announcements that “Nibiru” is just around the corner , if true it would have made it already.

    You do know that most comets are discovered by Amateurs? if there was any freaky planet floating around it would have been seen by a few thousand hobbyist by now.

  21. @mrmaciejm This is …
    @mrmaciejm This is quite humorous. You have zero ability for critical analysis and stick to this flame war strategy of ad hominem. We’re breeding a generation of assholes. You never mentioned mysticism. I’m saying to you that your “belief” in dark matter or elves or whatever is pure mysticism until you have any actual proof to stand on. Sorry, I’m still discussing this but I can’t back down from continued rebuttals of “you’re a poopie-head”. Dive in brother.

  22. What an angry crowd …
    What an angry crowd. You don’t really know what will happened on December 12th 2012. Let’s be serious for a moment. Anything can happen and nothing can happen too. Maybe Nibiru will not come, but maybe some drunken Russian soldier will accidentally push the button and blow the world into peaces, because this day his girlfriend Nadja dumped him. Nobody knows what will happen and scientifically we will know when the day comes. That’s what science is about facts, not thinking that one knows all.

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