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music Why the World Didn't End Yesterday, presented by Science@NASA Dec. 22, 2012: If you're watching this tutorial, it means one thing: The World Didn't End Yesterday. According to media reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, the world was supposed to be destroyed on Dec. 21, 2012. But look around you. 'The whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning,'
says John Carlson, director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy. 'The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date.' The truth, he says, is more interesting than fiction. Carlson is a hardnosed scientist a radio astronomer who earned his degree studying distant galaxies. He became interested in the 2012 phenomenon 35 years ago when he attended a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
and learned about the Maya. Where the rain forests of Mesoamerica now stand, a great civilization once flourished. The people of Maya society built vast cities with a population density comparable to modern Los Angeles County. They mastered astronomy and developed an elaborate written language. Most impressive, to Carlson, was their expansive sense of time.
'The times Mayas used dwarf those currently used by modern astronomers,' he explains. 'According to our science, the Big Bang occurred 13.7 billion years ago. There are dates in Mayan ruins that stretch back a billion billion times farther than that.' The Maya Long Count Calendar was designed to keep track of such long intervals. 'It is the most complex calendar system ever developed.' Written using modern typography,
the Long Count Calendar resembles the odometer in a car. Because the digits rotate, the calendar can 'roll over' and repeat itself; this repetition is key to the 2012 phenomenon. According to Maya theology, the world was created 5125 years ago, on a date we would write 'August 11, 3114 BC.' At the time, the Maya calendar looked like this: 220.127.116.11.0
On Dec. 21, 2012, it is exactly the same: 18.104.22.168.0 In the language of Maya scholars, '13 Bak'tuns' elapsed between the two dates. This was a significant interval in Maya theology, but, stresses Carlson, not a destructive one. None of the thousands of ruins, tablets, and standing stones that archeologists have examined
Is December 21 2012 the End of the World
The World to Come. The Restored Church ofGod presents David C. Pack. Answering life's greatest questions straight from the Bible,and announcing the wonderful good news of the World to Come. The 2012 phenomenon has reached fever pitch.Alarm has spread like wildfire. Uncertainty, anxietyand FEARhave gripped many people.Literally, millions are panicking, wondering whether 2012 will be their last year.The end date is supposedly either December 21st or 23rd, 2012. Doomsday authors pointto December 21, the winter solstice. But the Mayan calendar, on which the endofdays theoryis based, ends December 23.
Like the Y2K panic of 2000, 2012 hysteriais all over the Internetin hundreds of booksand in a $200 million movie, filledwith the usual sensational Hollywood graphics. Now socalled prophecy experts are weighingin on the subject. What is the truth about 2012é We hear almost daily from people of all agesasking if cataclysmic events will occur in 2012 and bring the end of the world. Someare deeply concernedtruly frightenedthat they will not live into their teen years orenter adulthood. They tell us that they desperately want lives beyond 2012but fear this willnot happen.
Others have received letters from teenagersasking if they should end their own lives, and from mothers who were thinking of killingtheir childrenand themselvesrather than enduring Earthending events!No one predicts exactly what will happen in 2012, but according to some, it will be big!earthshattering!and civilization ending! There are concerns that the entire Earth will beflooded, or burned up by solar flares. The north and south poles may suddenly reverse,wreaking untold havoc on electrical systems. Catastrophic earthquakes may rock the planet,destroying all buildings and opening huge holes in the Earth's crust. Chaos will reign.Mankind will come to the brink of annihilation.and
on and on go the theories.The Mayan â€œLong Countâ€� calendar tracks â€œGreat Cyclesâ€� of time, and is one ofat least 3 calendars that the ancient Mayans used. It is important to note that one particularcalendar indicates that December 23, 2012, is the end of the current cycle of timewhichbegan August 13, 3114 B.C. on the Gregorian calendar. The Mayan calendar itself statesnothing of the world coming to an end, or of any cataclysmic events occurring. It statesonly that the current time cycle will end. Let's make a comparison. Think of the LongCount calendar as an odometer on older model cars. When 100,000 miles is reached, the odometerresets itselfbut the car does not blow
up or stop working.Much of the fantastic stories and hype come from various archaeological and astronomicalspeculation, as well as mythology and numerological interpretation. Predictions of impending doomand destruction are nowhere to be found in Mayan accounts or in the Long Count calendaritself. To the modern Mayans, including those who study the ancient calendar, 2012 is actuallyinconsequential. If you were to travel to any of the many present day Mayan communitiesand ask about 2012, and the end of civilization, you would see looks of bewilderment. ModernMayan sources explain that this calendar was never intended to suggest the world wouldend in 2012, or any other time. They will
also tell you that professing Christians havedeliberately twisted their calendar to suit their own prophetic theories and timelines.Yet millions, with little or no understanding of the Mayan culture, attach civilizationendingsignificance to 2012. All but two ancient Mayan inscriptions are strictly historical.They make no prophetic declarations whatsoever. And the two that supposedly do are unclearat best, and open to a wide array of speculation and interpretation.Stillregardless of what the ancient Mayans predictedwild ideas about 2012 abound.The frenzy is worldwide and picking up steam, with no slow down in sight. 2012 has alsobecome big business, and many are cashing