Wouldn’t surprise me, but I’d just say it was hopelessly misinterpreted and used as archaeoporn. No translation from any authority at any time has an apocalypse predicted. The calendar just ends.
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When numbers look nice (subject to numerical base, nice 1000 decimal is not-so-nice 4344 base 6), digits flip over, a period of time ends, far-away astronomical bodies align, something bad is bound to happen! Why every minute, hour, day, month, year, decade, century, millennium we’re surely astronomically aligned with something that should be the cause of all sorts of havoc on Earth, right?
Why are people so obsessed with mixing the apocalypse and patterns? Nobody imagines the world exploding randomly, why? The world might as well explode randomly than end when a completely unrelated ancient calendar system ends. What compels people to even imagine these elaborate scenarios? Do they secretly want the world to end?
all good questions!
You might be interested in Carl Callemn’s interpretation.
He has a very similar take to this ‘new’ one but
has it ending this October 28th just gone . . . 🙂
Also, its just the end of one calendar and the start of another,
no-one seems to be sure where this end-of-the-world business has come from . .
It’s not just Emmerich . . by a long shot . .
Unfortunately, if one mentions the Mayan calendar, you get ‘oh thats the end
of the world isnt it?’ . . .what does that even mean??!! .
People love a good apocalypse I guess . . i agree with the above comment nslay!
An important thing I like about Calleman’s work is that it respects our history . .
He also is not antitheistic nor antagonistic in any way towards Christianity and other faiths,
it’s a refreshing perspective if you’ve not come accross him before . . 🙂
It is kinda new-agey, but surprisingly not . . depends on the perspective.
All the best!
to nslay’s last question I dont beleive they really want the world to end a lot of these yahoo’s have decided to profit off of fear tactics and mis-information. The real problems with this is they have a following some people will follow anyone no matter how outlandish their Ideas and these scare tactics that is also propetuated by legitimate T.V. shows it is shameful what is done in the name of profits and not the ones from the Bible.I am currently a college student and I am 35 I have 4 children and just this week I had to talk to my children about this issue, because they seen some shows during armegeddon week about the 2012 myth. I have read of teachers having children as young as 7 years old talking about suicide because “the worlds going to end in 2012 so whats the point” hearing these words from children is appauling to me. I simply told my children nobody can know when the earth will end because the bible says the end will come like a thief in the night and not like an annual event that is scheduled.Things like this just hurts are children by instilling fear where it’s not needed instead of helping them It was very upsetting to me in a way to see my children in fear for ratings sake at christmas no less. These prediction have been going on hundreds of years setting dates for the end of time and everyone watching them pass by and time continue on and if you really listen to some of the predictions they use the people predicting the end of days was predicting it to be in their lifetime or soon after. The people that have used the Myan calendar,nostradamus quatranes,The Bible code,and even motion pictures to sensationalize 2012 to be the end of time. There is plenty of theory and guessing, but I haven’t seen 1 piece of scientific evidence to back any of these theories. I am no scholar and I am not even trying to act as if I am. I do not have extensive study in this area. There are companies capitalizing on these theories though selling underground mobile homes for very high price tags and very long wait lists.The main problem is today this theory is so wide spread that a lot of people are going to be taken for a ride on a mass scale when most times this has happened in the past the economic damage was localized to believers in the church organization that was propetuating the rumor.throughout history when these self proclaimed profits gave these predictions they would tend to get wealthy why their peritioners ended up broke and disillusioned.I guess my point in this is more and more people are making alot of money off these end of times scenario for 2012, and now discovery and other science channels are showing these things.I just hope others talk with their children when they see things like this or not let them see it at all.History has proven when people believe the end to be near we could end up with a lot of suicides and other tragedies like jim jones,waco,etc.
@ Jason Hugues. Sacam like the 2012 is not just about making money, the whole idea is to divert
the blame from human caused Global warming implying the fault to cosmos and sun interferences..
among the problem facing us :
there is almost no ice left and yet instead of slowling down our consumption of oil, we now want natural resources that were under ice and even launch wars for the control of it..
earth and food contamination.
water and air contamination
Our capitalism system cannot handle these issues, bank requires their investments and should a single city be lacking oil, that city will starve… our governments do not have solutions
to the global warming problem.. so a lot of money is being spent on diverting the blame, a lot of money is being spent on infantile entertainment so people dont think about the problems facing humanity and the fact that their is no solution, no messiah..
I can’t say I believe in man-made global warming. There is actually a lot of evidence contradicting human causation – and the East Anglia scandal has confirmed that it is politicized science.
@ MSH the East Anglia is just an university among thousands compared to Oxford, Harvard etc. it is said that during the middle age, time were hotter than today however our planet was not left with less than 5% of Ice surface.. Altough it is politicized news on Global Warming have always been minimized in order to save jobs… and what is not being political today? everything is, its even difficult to review history, paleonthology or anything without being political.
If i was to take off Global Warming this post; pollution contamination of our food and water
should be an alarm to us all.. Yet we are told not to worry about, watch our TVs, enjoy life without worries and to go vote for the next Obama or Bush to bring a solution when there is none..
As per Global Warming being human caused the easiest way is to deny it, the right pouring
tons of money to contradict it like in 2012… or the Day after Tommorow.. and the countless of little articles in news and OMG, the columnists are always to the right side of the pay cheque.
I won’t take the space either. Despite the deliberate censorship attempt to eliminate scientific data contrary to the global warming template, a good bit has been published — but can’t make its way to the media. (For a “first taste” read Michael Crichton’s State of Fear novel — and the sources in his bibliography). The reason is simple: hundreds of millions of dollars of grant funding are tied to the template, and many scientists would rather not rock the boat than give up their university’s justification for employing them.
I don’t know of any refereed scientific journal articles that support the hysteria of the Day After Tomorrow. Perhaps you do.
I’m not a climatologist, but I think said employed climatologists can do a lot more than just research global warming (and get funding for said research). As I understand it, the concern is that one or more mass extinction events share several of the characteristics the Earth currently exhibits. However, it supposedly took a millennium for 90% of the world’s species to go extinct. Supposedly, one of the man-made argument comes from the observation that one of the previous mass extinction events involved some Siberian volcanoes spewing CO2 into the atmosphere (for millions of years?)
I don’t know how accurate these pages are, or how accurate my statements are. I’m not an expert.
Censorship? If a peer-reviewed journal doesn’t publish a paper, is it more likely that there were problems with it or that there is a massive anti-oil conspiracy among all the reviewers? Shouldn’t this grant scam be prevalent in other fields too? Maybe it is prevalent and I am just naive. On the other hand, if scientists at universities and national labs are in it for the money, they could make a larger salary as a corporate research scientist … why not just sell out and go work for industry? Though, corporate research scientists do tend to have less freedom.
But let’s not forget that industry in general has its motivation to disprove and discredit global warming. It’s certainly not good for business (at least if your business heavily relies on oil and emissions). This side is also biased.
I’ve interned as a research scientist and one thing I learned from my supervisor is that there is hostility between the academic community and industry. Grant committees tend to reject proposals from corporations (some committee members even HATE corporations) and corporate research scientists can seldom find jobs in academia (they are “tainted”). I’m more inclined to believe that this is partly a fight between academia and industry.
I wouldn’t (and didn’t) claim that all scientists’ livelihoods depend on the politicized science of global warming. But you can put me down for saying A LOT of them are in that boat. It is difficult to think of any area of natural science not touched upon by this issue. I’ve just read enough on this issue to know there is significant disagreement that never gets the time of day. And East Anglia was not a peripheral research facility to this. It was a hub. If this was so clear they would have no reason to censor contrary opinion.
End of this sort of stuff for the comments (peripheral to this blog), so if others pursue it, it will get deleted.
I should mention that the warming itself is alarming because the ocean conveyer belt relies on the polar ice caps and salinity to flow throughout all the world’s oceans. The ocean conveyer belt is responsible for oxygenating the oceans. If global warming is really causing polar ice caps to melt, then this would cause the ocean conveyer belt to slow and cease. An oxygen deficient ocean would cause mass extinction. Of course, mass extinction doesn’t happen over night.
Again, I’m not an expert. These are just some interesting ideas I’ve picked up from documentaries and readings.