Waiting another superstitious story, we can read how many times the human being predicted our extinction....
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1) Religion and its effects. Every religion has its doomsday so people are used to thinking in that way.
2) Poor education about things that matter in real life. 
Nowadays, science education in schools relies on formulas, exercises on paper and standardized tests. The educational system doesn't really care about knowledge. It cares about how our students will fit in academia in order for the system to earn more money (great and profitable industry).
3) Pop culture, lifestyle and fast life are of major concern for lots of people in western world. They don't have time to educate themselves :-). These people are prone to prejudices and gossips because their thinking passes through TV, cinema industry, pop magazines and lifestyle newspapers.
4) A combination of all the three above.
A nice tool to help someone rejecting all these fake stories is "the baloney detection kit" by Michael Shermer.
http://youtu.be/hJmRbSX8Rqo
 
The answer is obvious. We haven't done a lot to eliminate all these factors. Certainly not every religion has its eschatology, but every religion influences the way of thinking. "Religion" doesn't search for evidences like science, therefore critical thinking from believers is rare.
Our job is not very easy. Think that we are not in a classroom trying to change our way of teaching because 5 or 6 people can't understand us. There are seven billion people out there influenced by strong forces driven by their own culture. Education is the only antidote.
I would like to "hear" your theories :-)
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