MikeJoseph82 said:I posted this pre-maturely. I was interested in the number of replies per year to this thread so did a quick calculation - the reason being is I'm curious as to whether this is correlated to forum membership number increases or decreases, other outside influences like media hype for big events, or no hype when events don't take place in anywhere determined significant by media, or a representation of real world conditions. I think 2012 had a lot of interest for obvious reasons, and more recently with C references.
The reports posted from around the world, while interesting and locally important I don't think are scientific enough in corroborating actual changes in the atmosphere globally - my gut feel is that although this topic is huge there are people who are getting tired or out of patience and no longer caring. The advert of 'soon' for an ice age to happen is synonymous to the pubs that advertise 'Free beer, tomorrow' - it might occur soon in cosmic terms, but human life terms? Anyway, for interest and perhaps other more senior folk can provide some additional comments, the years and number of posts for each of them are listed below:
The thread was never meant to be a scientific compilation but rather a casual repository for interesting situations and reports.
As for people getting tired of things, I can certainly attest to that myself. What I can also see is that this tiredness relates to the apparent "slowness" of movement of things; but, on the other hand, when I think back to say, 1997, I can see how truly dramatic the changes have been. That's one reason I started the "Hyperdimensional Politics" thread: we have to deal with scale and something like the "boiling frog" scenario. Of course, we also know about phase transitions and that when things build up incrementally over time, there can be sudden tipping points where everything goes really bad seemingly all of a sudden.
But yeah, more than anything, I think that emotional exhaustion from being on the roller coaster is taking its toll and, as the Bible said, "those who endure to the end will be saved..." It's not time to give up yet!!!