With the help of the Bible, Harold Camping, an 89-year-old civil engineering graduate from the University of California, Berkeley and Christian fundamentalist radio broadcaster who records his show closer to where I live than I'm comfortable with, has used his math skills and scientific research to predict the end of the world. Very impressive.
He's convinced millions that tomorrow death and destruction will begin, only to continue for five months straight and end with the world being consumed by an enormous fireball to end it all on October 21. Someone pass the Kool-Aid.
No but seriously...Harold's not effing around.
People have left their jobs, their children and their life as they know it to ride in their self-decorated mini-vans across the country to be one of the 200 million (that's an exact number) who God will save and swoop up to heaven if they show up, of course, at a certain place at a certain time. Bummer, I didn't get that invitation. It's like the royal wedding all over again.
Well, Camping's good book is just full of goodies, isn't it? Well, so is my good book, the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). With the DSM in my back pocket (I have the mini version, like a pocket bible - love!) combined with my own scientific research and fancy degree, here's a mathematical configuration of my own I'd like to share:
Psychosis or "total bat-shit loss of contact with all reality" is an abnormal condition of the mind, also called, psychotic. Involved, in addition to a busted ability for any insight whatsoever, both hallucinations and delusions are present. Oh, and bizarre behavior is likely.
So, there's that.
Harold Camping previously predicted that the world would end in September 1994. See you Monday.