AI: Denialism and Jesus Ninja
So by now you have probably heard that the Rapture prediction fell flat. At first Camping said, “I’m looking for answers,” he also said that he was “flabbergasted.” But not flabergasted for long apparently because a mere two days after the rapture did not happen, Camping basically said, nuh uh! It totally did happen… only it was invisible and I just blew your mind.
His actual quote after the fold.
Camping said May 21st was:
“an invisible judgment day” in which a spiritual judgment took place, he said. But the timing and the structure is the same as it has always been, he said. “We’ve always said May 21 was the day, but we didn’t understand altogether the spiritual meaning,” he said. “May 21 is the day that Christ came and put the world under judgment.”
He says the for-reals-day-o-reckoning with all the smashing and the wrath and flames and earthquakes and stuff will be October 21st. May 21 was apparently invisible-ninja-Jesus day. He just forgot to mention the invisible-ninja part.
I posted over on Mad Art Lab how he is following almost to the letter, the predictions of Millerites. And this isn’t the first time Harold Camping has been wrong. If you are bored do a search on “Harold Camping: 1994?” Technically, I think this is his third failed prophecy. At least with the 1994 prediction he included a question mark in the title of his book. But this time he is super serious.
You would think after a while his believers would question him. You would think after a while he would question himself.
That actually got me thinking about how we all occasionally deceive ourselves in little ways. Cognitive dissonance often forces us into biases that can direct us down strange paths in life and that can then lead us to deny facts that are staring us in the face. As skeptics we try to avoid these traps by looking for evidence and being willing to accept mistakes.
Do you know people who are in denial? Have you ever recognized denialism in yourself? How did you come to terms with it?