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Do we ever get to Doomsday in a Doomsday Clock?

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plinkplonk
1182189.  Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:35 am Reply with quote

In a Doomsday Clock which shows the "minutes to midnight" before Doomsday, can you ever get to Doomsday? Because it can never be precisely midnight, it can only ever be a few milliseconds before or after? And if it's after that would be the start of a countdown for "the next day's doomsday". Maybe a few milliseconds before midnight could be Doomsday, but that wouldn't be a countdown?

 
Ian Dunn
1182569.  Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:11 pm Reply with quote

I think that this is a question we can only concrete answer to if Donald Trump becomes president.

 
crissdee
1182653.  Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:23 am Reply with quote

I think the Doomsday clock would be set to about five past midnight as soon as President Trump was sworn in!

 
ali
1182655.  Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:39 am Reply with quote

 
cornixt
1182671.  Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:20 am Reply with quote

The doomsday clock, not being an actual clock or a measure of real time, could be set to any value you like for as long as you like, including precisely midnight.

 
plinkplonk
1183055.  Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:33 am Reply with quote

But if it is midnight, has the bomb gone off? I think we're back where we started.

 
crissdee
1183066.  Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:31 am Reply with quote

AIUI, "The Doomsday Clock" is intended to indicate the likelihood of Doomsday, rather than its actual arrival. It could be set to midnight, but that would indicate that things were going reeeaaaallllyyyy badly, (ISIS getting the atom bomb, Trump being elected, something like that).

 
cornixt
1183180.  Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:13 am Reply with quote

I guess it is only really Doomsday when there are no longer any people around to set clock.

 
plinkplonk
1223038.  Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:25 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
I think that this is a question we can only concrete answer to if Donald Trump becomes president.


It is now 3 minutes to midnight, Ian.

 

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