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2012 The End Of The World2012 myth or fact? Is 2012 real? I am a very skeptical person...

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noobcakes4603 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted February 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM via web

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2012 The End Of The World

2012 myth or fact?

Is 2012 real?

I am a very skeptical person sooo I don't believe things if they are not real. But my friends discuss this matter too frequently and I'm getting worried.

So is this real or is it just a figment of our imagination????

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mangun158 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted February 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM (Answer #2)

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I think it's quite a bit real.

The largest solar flare was dated 19 Jan 2012.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 4, 2012 at 11:18 PM (Answer #3)

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Stuff I've read says that not even the Maya thought that the world was going to actually end in this year.  Their descendants certainly don't think that it is going to.

Just for some perspective, I'm 42 years old and I can think of at least three times in my life when people predicted the world was going to end and there was a lot of publicity given to that fact.  Not to give anything away, but it didn't end.

I think that people talk about it for the same reason they go to horror movies -- they like to be scared a bit, particularly when there's no real danger.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM (Answer #4)

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I saw a great cartoon, with a Mayan stone carver holding up his calendar, saying something like,"They'll have no idea I just ran out of room."  I am 61, so I, too, have lived through numerous predictions of the world's end, even more than pohnpei397 has.  So far, so good....

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM (Answer #5)

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The Mayan, like many other ancient civilizations, were proficient in the science of Astronomy, which helps in determining a calendar.  They were able to measure what we now call Precession, which is the slow wobble of the Earth.  In addition to spinning around once on its axis in a day, and revolving around the Sun in a year, the Earth wobbles like a gigantic top, one wobble taking 26,000 years to complete. Their calendar simply noted when the ending of one wobble occurs and the beginning of another wobble begins.

The calendar doesn't really end; it, like a car's odometer, merely reaches the end of its cycle and starts over, or like our calendar transitions from December to January at the conclusion of an Earth revolution.

It's not the End of the World; it's the end of the calendar.

http://www.levity.com/eschaton/Why2012.html

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM (Answer #6)

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If the Mayans hadn't vanished, they may have continued the calendar. You can interpret any event as your evidence. People see what they want to see. The Mayans did not have some secret information to predict the world would end in 2012. Even if their calendar ended, it was just because that was as far into the future they got. We speculate they would have extended it long ago if they were still around to do so.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:33 AM (Answer #7)

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From the small amounts of research I have looked at regarding the end of the world, I have found that it is simply the end of the "long calender." The new calender begins with the aligning of the plants, which is to begin this year. My favorite joke is that the Mayans got us this far and felt like it was someone else's turn.

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bhawanipur | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:45 AM (Answer #8)

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These predictions have given us to think of the world we live. Predictions are based on assumptions, even the scientific predictions have no certainity and we have seen through the ages. Thus I think its a warning to mankind to rethink and compose the wings of their unwanted aspirations. Nobody can predict for certain what comes the next moment.

Still, why should we worry for its end or of our lives if it comes true? What cannot be cured must be endured. If not today, tomorrow all are bound to die.

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted February 5, 2012 at 2:40 AM (Answer #9)

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That the Mayan Long Count (counting extended cycles of time) comes to an end with the end of the current Long Count Cycle is a fact. That the Mayans associated cosmic and planetary end followed by new beginning with the end of Long Count cycles is a fact.

It is also a fact that our contemporary society does not know how to interpret the information at hand in the Long Count Calendar. It is another fact that the surviving Mayans could not continue the tradition of Long Count observations and calculations, therefore it is wholly unknown if another segment of the Long Count Calendar may have followed this one or not.

These are the facts, including the fact that we do not have the knowledge, data, insight, tradition from which to correctly and completely interpret the meaning of the end of the Long Count Calendar. The only thing to be done is to wait and see and collect observation data while doing so.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 5, 2012 at 6:02 AM (Answer #10)

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What will the end of the world look like?  Did even the Mayans know?  I suppose it is entirely possible the human world could end this year, given climate change and nuclear weapons, but it seems highly unlikely that our civilization will end suddenly, or without any warning.  It's also hard for me not to be Zen about it.  If the world ends, I probably can't stop it, so should I waste my last few months worrying about the inevitable or enjoying my time and my loved ones?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM (Answer #11)

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There are many different civilizations, past and present, that have and have had many different predictions, theories, sacred convictions, etc. about when they think the world will end. Why we privilege one civilization over others is beyond me, except that it sells. It's part of the human condition, I suppose, to believe that your generation will be there at the end of the world.

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niconics | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted February 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM (Answer #12)

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I think that 2012 is a bit true because lots of natural disasters happened in our planet(8.2 magnitude in fukoshima, tropical storms and earthwake devastated my country the Philippines). However, I also think that is also a myth because only on the Judgement day(where Jesus Christ returned to Earth) is the end of the world.

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:23 AM (Answer #13)

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Heyy, although m jst 14 (every1's givin off thier ages, so ye- m 14!!)
I think its jst a myth
predictioons hve been mde earlier to, given emphasize also, but nothing hppnd
my plans for 21/12/2012 - party!!!

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triteamdan | Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM (Answer #14)

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People sure like to believe in stuff, even if it's nuts!  Look, there is no way the Mayans would be able to predict the future like that.  It's impossible.  But YOU know that!  We all know that.  Besides, this is all based on ONE single artifact that happened to be a calendar that ended in 2012.  (It was probably made by Ogg the Mayan who liked to make calendars but had to stop at 2012 because it was time to eat dinner or he got eaten by a jaguar or whatever.) When I was a kid our phone book had calendars in it.  I would look at these to see in what years my birthday would fall on Thanksgiving.  These calendars only went up to 1984.  But the world didn't end in 1984.... even though my phonebook said it would!  The great Isaac Newton predicted the world would end in 2061, and he's possibly the smartest person who ever lived, but so what?  He couldn't predict the future either.  Come on people, use your common sense.

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted February 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM (Answer #16)

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And PArty!!!

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rechardbenva | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM (Answer #20)

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akshaybhaskar | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM (Answer #21)

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According to my belief its a NO...you can just ask you grandparents how many times have you heard..."there is a freaking terror that the world is going to end".

And their reply is,"A many times".. But has it happened,No then it may happen this time also....There may be some slight disasters such as earthquakes or floods but no planet is going to blast as predicted.

SO GUYS AND GIRLS STOP WORRYING AND LEAD YOUR LIFE TENSION-FREE

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ayy-dee | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted February 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM (Answer #23)

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From my point of view, the world is not going to end in 2012 and live life as it is.....dont let all these small things in life stop you from doing anything and this should not hold you back for anything. Is short live every moment like its your last and enjoy life.

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hadijaved | Student | Honors

Posted March 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM (Answer #24)

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No, 2012 isn't the end of the world. It's all incorrect and false information, even if the History Channel tells you that 2012 is the end. Why?

Nothing is going to happen December 21, 2012. I was curious about it too before I did my research and I don't at all fear it. Also, just in case you have a tiny bit of fear or anxiousness here is why the world won't end and why December 21, 2012 will be just a regular day.
The theory of the world ending in 2012 isn't true, it's just a silly hoax. The world isn't going to end on December 21, 2012, just the Mayan Calendar ends. One of several Mayan calendars is the Long Count calendar, which is reset to day 0 every 1,872,000 days or 7057.5 years. The next reset date, by some calculations, is December 21, 2012. This is not a prediction of the end of the world. The Mayan Calendar has to end sometime. Besides, nobody can't predict when the end of the world is. You shouldn't always believe what you hear from other people. Each time the end the world is predicted. They are always wrong. I'm sure that if 2012 doesn't happen then , whats the point of worrying?

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ayy-dee | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM (Answer #25)

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2012 The End Of The World

2012 myth or fact?

Is 2012 real?

I am a very skeptical person sooo I don't believe things if they are not real. But my friends discuss this matter too frequently and I'm getting worried.

So is this real or is it just a figment of our imagination????

i personaly feel that all this mere rumors

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praveenm | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted March 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM (Answer #26)

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i do not believe in these things that these are only rumours. if we will die, we will die. so do not worry about such things that we have to enjoy our life with no such things in mind

 

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aschweizer | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 6:14 AM (Answer #27)

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The world was also supposed to end in 2000...

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brittanycruise | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM (Answer #28)

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It is nothing but the predictions symbolize by the "Maya culture",nostradamus,showing galactic alignment.Some people seriously terrorized of it.

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is00 | College Teacher | Honors

Posted March 11, 2012 at 1:55 AM (Answer #29)

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2012 The End Of The World

2012 myth or fact?

Is 2012 real?

I am a very skeptical person sooo I don't believe things if they are not real. But my friends discuss this matter too frequently and I'm getting worried.

So is this real or is it just a figment of our imagination????

The proposition sounds more like an astrological prophesy than an astronomical analysis.Of late this has become a common practice among a certain type of people to baffle the simple and innocent people for some vested interest.I am sure that the world will move on its own pace for a long time.

The person making such type of unscientific and illogical statement should be given exemplary punishment.

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futurehorsevet | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2012 at 3:31 AM (Answer #30)

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The Mayan Calendar probably didnt mean to end on 2012... but the world wont end because some rock says so, to be honest

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futurehorsevet | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM (Answer #31)

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I saw a great cartoon, with a Mayan stone carver holding up his calendar, saying something like,"They'll have no idea I just ran out of room."  I am 61, so I, too, have lived through numerous predictions of the world's end, even more than pohnpei397 has.  So far, so good....

YESSS i SAW THAT COMIC!

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historywins | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2012 at 4:18 AM (Answer #32)

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You don't have to worry about the world ending this year. It's not going to. So many people over the last few thousand years have tried saying when the world is going to end. But guess what!? IT NEVER HAPPEND!! So yeah, no need to worry about it. And you have to remember, even 1 thousand years ago, there were civilizations that were still isolated enough that if a large portion of their civ were destroyed, it would have felt like the end of the world.

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excellency | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 19, 2012 at 3:48 AM (Answer #34)

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Is it possible to go back to the bible and stop dwelling on the the intelligent yet primitive info of the Mayans? Not even the son of man knows the day or the hour

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swatishrivastav | Salutatorian

Posted March 20, 2012 at 2:04 AM (Answer #35)

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nothing is going to end because there is no scientific explanation to this theory and even if its anout to end.. stop worrying about it rather have fun and do all you wanted to do :P

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philyoung21 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM (Answer #36)

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In reply to #1:
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williamhe10 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM (Answer #37)

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2012 The End Of The World

2012 myth or fact?

Is 2012 real?

I am a very skeptical person sooo I don't believe things if they are not real. But my friends discuss this matter too frequently and I'm getting worried.

So is this real or is it just a figment of our imagination????

it's all ready 2012. i'm scared too, but according to someone that is one enotes, said that the greatest flare was in janaruy was wrong.

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diegorodrigu81 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM (Answer #38)

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I don't really believe that this 2012 will be the end of the world, but I'm not that too confident as well to never change for the better and be thankful everyday for another chance to live.

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suvetha | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM (Answer #39)

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Only GOD knows when is the world going to end

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ilovemusic1225 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM (Answer #40)

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Thank you Suvetha!!!!!!! Only GOD knows!!!!
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nikasho0100 | Student, Grade 12 | Salutatorian

Posted March 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM (Answer #41)

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it might happen. who knows. anyway do all things u can do......

party like itz the end of the world...........

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twitters22 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM (Answer #42)

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2012 The End Of The World

2012 myth or fact?

Is 2012 real?

I am a very skeptical person sooo I don't believe things if they are not real. But my friends discuss this matter too frequently and I'm getting worried.

So is this real or is it just a figment of our imagination????

I heard that the Mayan calendar does not account for leap years, so the world really should have ended a few months ago. 

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted September 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM (Answer #43)

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No, the world won't end in 2012. 

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