2012 The End Of The World2012 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...

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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triteamdan | Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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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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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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

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

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

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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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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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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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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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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Hmmmmm..... I think it won't end in 2012, considering the fact that I'm still alive, and it's March 19, 2015

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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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nikasho0100 | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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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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