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    Tbh, I think the doomsday clock is just plain silly given it has no real objective meaning. Obviously putting it on midnight of the second day clearly means apocalypse is happening, but what does, say, 2300 or 1200 or the other 0000 actually represent?

    Is also worth noting that the furthest from midnight it has been is 17 minutes, which when we consider that there are 1440 minutes in a day is still "we're on the brink". Further, looking at reasons for changing the time things often seem like they ought to be retroactively enacted, several times when getting closer to midnight the justification is " nothing is happening "

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Tbh, I think the doomsday clock is just plain silly given it has no real objective meaning. Obviously putting it on midnight of the second day clearly means apocalypse is happening, but what does, say, 2300 or 1200 or the other 0000 actually represent?

    Is also worth noting that the furthest from midnight it has been is 17 minutes, which when we consider that there are 1440 minutes in a day is still "we're on the brink". Further, looking at reasons for changing the time things often seem like they ought to be retroactively enacted, several times when getting closer to midnight the justification is " nothing is happening "

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    It's not objective in the sense that they have some kind of formula that they're using to calculate these values (this is impossible, obviously) but it's not meaningless. The symbolism of having the clock set to a few minutes before midnight is that the risk of self-annihilation is not remote. This bulletin was set up directly in response to the first testing of nuclear bombs so it has only existed in an era when humans have had the capability for mass self-destruction - this is why it has never been further than 17 minutes from midnight. You can argue what it actually "means" to be x minutes to midnight but the symbolism - that it's disturbingly easy to initiate a global catastrophe - is clear.

    You can argue about the specifics of their methodology but I think broadly, the kind of movements they've made over the past half a century or so have been pretty sensible.
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