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Is 21 December 2012 the real deal or a storm in a tea cup?

Asked by RitaX (6points) December 6th, 2008

Recently saw a programme probing the relationship between the Mayan Calendar predictions and modern scientific concerns

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willbrawn's avatar

Why the 21st of Decemeber?

RitaX's avatar

It is suggested that 21 December 2012 will be the date on which TIME as we know it will transform, come to an end…not sure, but curious about the growing interest in this.

damien's avatar

Total BS. Time as we know it is nothing like Mayan time. From wiki:

The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar forms the basis for a New Age belief, first forecast by José Argüelles, that a cataclysm will take place on or about December 21, 2012, a forecast that mainstream Mayanist scholars consider a misinterpretation, yet is commonly referenced in pop-culture media as the 2012 problem.

“For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle,” says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. in Crystal River, Florida. To render December 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”

jessturtle23's avatar

I don’t believe it. Where are the Mayans now? Seems like it already ended for them. I have read about all of the magnetic polarity stuff and it seems like there would have been more scientist talking about it if it were true.

richardhenry's avatar

This is becoming Fluther’s “What is the meaning of life?” question.

simone54's avatar

It’s just stupid bullshit. This isn’t even the first time people said the world was gonna end on a specific date. What the fuck do Mayans know? If you believe if or even need ask if it’s true, you’re an idiot.

steelmarket's avatar

When the date approaches, we will see it hyped to the nth in the media, even though they themselves will call it bogus. Just another way to maintain the state of fear.

tyrantxseries's avatar

the movie looks good

PupnTaco's avatar

Next 2012 question I see, it will be the end of the world. This makes me want to kick a puppy.

LostInParadise's avatar

People always seem to be predicting the end of the world. I can remember many years ago when the Jehovah’s Witnesses were talking about a specific day that they claimed the Bible pointed to as the end of the world. The day came and went and nothing much happened.

mangeons's avatar

I believe that people are reading much too into the mayan calendar. How would they know when time would end? They’re not still alive. I’m surprised they planned THAT far ahead. So are people saying that if someone today created a calendar that ended December 31st 2008 (most calendars do) that the world would end that day? It’s pretty much the same concept.

aprilsimnel's avatar

This is going to end up being a plotline for a Doctor Who episode, I can feel it.

mangeons's avatar

@april: that made me laugh, and it very well could become an episode for a numerous amount of shows.

but I’ve never seen Doctor Who

madcapper's avatar

the real question is that if it is the end of the world then what are your plans for the final months? I am going to be looting and burning…

mangeons's avatar

@madcapper: I don’t think many people are going to be planning their “last plans for the final months” because most people don’t get into the ridiculous conspiracy, the Mayans are gone, they can’t have been that smart. And I wouldn’t want my final months to be special, just the norm, not really acknowledging that it was “the end”

madcapper's avatar

The Mayans were dumb but the aliens that helped them out were light years beyond our capabilities…

mangeons's avatar

what “aliens”? they were their own people, they weren’t really stupid, they just didn’t have much common sense. They didn’t have help from “aliens” who were lightyears beyond us, there have been no traces of life on other planets, they had no help and no common sense, that is why they died, not because they were stupid.

Theotherkid's avatar

do you think it means this 2012? Or 2012 A.D? ( when the Mayans were alive? And probably didn’t finish the calander?)

madcapper's avatar

@ mangeons do you really think I am serious?

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Or maybe they didn’t mean the end of the world at all. “Time as we know it will end” does not necessarily equate to “the end of the world”. Maybe there will just be a major change. And if they’re predicting major change, that’s not really too strange. Very good historians tend to be able to “predict“certain things, but only because they follow the natural patterns of nature and human-nature.

mangeons's avatar

@madcapper: Sorry. As I’ve learned previously, sarcasm doesn’t always go well over the internet :)

madcapper's avatar

@ mangeons, yes thats very true, there needs to be a sarcasm font haha

mangeons's avatar

@madcapper Lol =P

Ansible1's avatar

Hmm Dec. 21 2012…that’s a friday…that’s taco night…and every1 knows myans hate taco’s…mystery solved.

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