Is the world ending?

This isn’t a fear porn podcast, here a list of times the “world was ending” yet here we are. Humans are like roaches and can survive in a multitude of situations and events. 


  • Tambora Eruption (1815): The eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia caused the "Year Without a Summer" in 1816, resulting in crop failures, food shortages, and extreme weather worldwide. Estimated 11k deaths from blast and 100k deaths from food shortages 
  • People thought the world would end when the Mayan calendar "ended" on December 21, 2012.
  • Y2K
  • Some worried that the Large Hadron Collider could create a black hole that would destroy the world when it opened in 2008
  • Black plague 
  • World Wars, 911, nuclear plant explosions. 

So what the fuck are we actually preparing for?

  • Disruptions in supply chains, pandemics, civil unrest, economic downturns, layoffs. Shit happens and now we’ve seen it

Making rational decision when living in fear.

  • Lerner, J. S., & Keltner, D. (2001). Fear, anger, and risk. Journal of personality and social psychology, 81(1), 146-159.
  1. This study explores how different emotions, including fear, can influence risk perception and decision-making. It suggests that fear may lead to a heightened sensitivity to potential risks.
  • Amygdala hijack: This odd-sounding name is not a medical diagnosis, but rather, a term for times when the amygdala is overwhelmed by stress and takes over the brain's response to the situation. Remember that a major function of the amygdala is to process fear and anxiety.  When the amygdala “hijacks” the brain, the frontal lobes (the logic centers) are unable to override it with a rational response. (WebMD)