The Frisson of Apocalypse

The Owl has promised to avoid wrangles and obsessions already amply displayed in public. What follows makes reference to some of those, without taking up a position on any of them. We address them as quasi-religious cultural phenomena, tangentially related to our other writings on apocalyptic and eschatology, and the consequences of foreshortening these, referring them back to the present milieu.

Our friend Ken sent a link to a news article entitled “California’s next nightmare,” predicting a big flood in the San Joaquin delta sometime in the next fifty years. I would answer him as follows:

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