Values & Beliefs: How The 2012 End Of The World Apocalypse Affected One Man

No, this isn't another article about 2012, Planet X/Niburu or the polar shift - not quite anyway! This is actually an article about how one man personally experienced the end of the world...or so he thought at the time!

The Apocalypse is the latest and greatest stunt to be pulled by Channel 4's 'psychological illusionist' Derren Brown who successfully convinced his subject (or should I say victim?) into believing that Earth was being destroyed by a meteor shower.

The first part of The Apocalypse proved to be quite extreme. Brown teamed up with a professional astronomer and a scientist in order to plant false but scientifically valid and credible claims of threats to Earth into the mind of his subject, Steven. The claims were centered around the Perseids meteor shower which is visible over the UK every year. A huge amount of effort and a lot of people went into making the staged apocalypse seem as convincing as possible, which included meteors crashing down from above, explosions, magnetic anomalies and people on their knees in the street crying over injured or killed loved ones.

Could the current conspiracy theories regarding 2012, Planet X/Nibiru, the magnetosphere/heliosphere, etc have provided the perfect opportunity for Brown to carry out such a monumental 'psychological illusion'? Even more importantly, could these conspiracy theories be circulating in order to prepare humanity for a similar staged event (ie hoax)?

Although the main motivation behind The Apocalypse was to get Steven, the subject, to move away from being so selfish, complacent and taking his life for granted, The Apocalypse also shows just how easily propaganda can be implemented in order to control and manipulate - and these kinds of techniques generally work on about two thirds, or 66%-67%, of the general population!

Other important psychological factors are pointed out during the show including the fact that when we strongly desire the things we want, we begin to forget to desire the things that we already have. Whilst secretly snooping through Steven's bedroom Derren finds a handbook for aspiring magicians then explains how people who want to get into magic do so because they have a desire to impress the people around them - He knows this because he has been there himself.

So, how does Brown use credible (but false) information to convince Steven that the world is truly ending?

He does so by claiming that the Perseids meteor shower is actually cloaking a much bigger threat and Brown plants these ideas in Steven's mind by hacking his mobile phone and laptop and seeding false information, which appears to Steven to be originating from official and credible sources such as BBC News and NASA (credible? Ha, yeah right!).

Whilst on a coach believing that he is on his way to a concert by his favourite band, The Killers, Steven is initially unaware that he will never make it. Along the way magnetic anomalies cause the coach to break down whilst meteors start crashing down from above causing explosions all around. The next thing Steven becomes aware of is waking up in a hospital, which has actually been set up in an old unused nuclear weapons storage bunker, only to find that a virus which originated from the meteors that crashed into Earth has been infecting humans effectively turning them into zombies. It is in this hospital where Steven meets Leona, a young girl (actress) who has been seperated from her mother.

The reason being to find out whether Steven will take the girl under his wing and help return her to her mother.

by Sparkster

Watch the first part of Derren Brown: Apocalypse below (split into three parts).

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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Sparkster, I'm in the middle of reading an Alien Interview that you will find AMAZING here is the link http://thecrit.com/2009/05/12/top-secret-us-milita...

This is mind blowing A MUST READ, drop what you are doing and read this it will literally change your perspective of reality!

BTW great article keep up the good work, haven't read your latest but am seriously thinking of creating my own blog and when I do you will have to be a guest writer.


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Wow! That really is a very interesting indeed and some of the information confirms just what I suspected. I haven't finished reading it yet and I have never seen it before but something about it strikes me as being strangely familiar for some reason!

That sounds pretty cool about the blog too!


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Yeah I'm going to do it as a way of publishing material that doesn't require jumping through a bunch of hoops that I don't agree with.

I haven't finished reading it either but it reminds a lot of the Terra Papers by Robert Morning Sky


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good idea! I've been considering moving away from publishing hubs and maybe start to focus on writing and publishing e-books/books. I'll still leave all my hubs here as they do generate a fair amount of income and although I've moaned about it recently I might still continue to publish more hubs but I'd really like to try taking things to the next level.

I have read The Terra Papers though it was quite a while ago, I'll probably have a little refresher once I've finished reading the alien interview.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Yeah same here I think it is time we collaborated, I would like to get like minding folks involved such as Insane Mundane who is a wizard when it comes to creating that kind of stuff, he only comes on hub pages because he enjoys abuse.


TrinityCat 4 years ago

Very interesting hub. +1


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I'm glad you thought so. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Christophersun 3 years ago

Really cool article! I remember hearing about this fellow Darren Brown years ago. I think I watched a video on an airplane that followed him around, winning money at dog races and beating grandmasters at chess. Funny that he would bank on the 2012 hype! Thank you


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sparkster 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yep, that's the guy. He was using conversational/covert hypnosis to talk the cashier into handing over money.

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