Is the world actually going to end on this 21st?I'm keen to study about this.. This won't happen I know, but I'd like to know why those astrologers claim that It's gonna happen on 21st? What is the...

Is the world actually going to end on this 21st?

I'm keen to study about this.. This won't happen I know, but I'd like to know why those astrologers claim that It's gonna happen on 21st? What is the basis of this?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It's hard to think the world will end this week. The arguments against a belief in the popular doomsday theories have been clearly elucidated here. I'd just add that I was under the impression that many of these theories included signs and symptoms of impending disaster as the world approached its end. 

If the world were to be reaching its end on Friday, then where are the signs and symptoms of doom? It's cold where I am, but otherwise pretty normal. 

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

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Some people seem to think that the world is not going to end, but is going to change on 12-21-12.  You can already see some of these changes.  It was a difficult and tumultuous year.  Was there a shift?  Perhaps there was.  Will we know?  I doubt it.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Answer 3 is spot on in every regard. First, the Maya didn't say the world would end in 2012. Their calendar came to an end at that point, at which point a new one would begin. The world, they thought, would be different, but would not have reached its end. This is a case, I think, of trying to read Christian eschatology (ideas about the end of the world) onto Mayan beliefs. In other words, we're interpreting their very different beliefs according to our worldview. 

In any case, why should we privilege the beliefs of the Maya? They were a fascinating, complex, very advanced people, but there have many such peoples around the world who have had very different views about the end of the world. So why take the Maya's word for it? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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My facetious response to this is that yes, the world will end.  Please send me all the money that you will no longer be needing after Friday.

More seriously, there is no reason to believe it will end.  I do not really understand why people put such stock in the ideas of the Maya.  Even if they really thought the world was going to end on Friday (which they don't/didn't) why would we believe that they had some ability to foresee the future that no one else had?

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

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You ask about "astrologers, " but I suspect you may mean "astronomers." The difference is that astrologers study the effects of the cosmos on people's and groups of people's lives while astronomers study the cosmos itself for scientific data pertaining to it.

According to a 2009 article by Michael E. Bakich in the scientific Astronomy magazine, it all began with fiction writer Zecharia Sitchin who, specializing in fiction set in Mesopotamia, claimed to have found ancient Sumerian writings naming an as yet unknown planet as being on a collision course with Earth. The planet, called Nibiru, only orbits around the Sun once in every 3,600 years, hence, it remains unidentified and unknown by modern science, Sitchin claims.

From this beginning, psychics and astrologers and ... then ... mayan calendar scientists became involoved confirming and fixing the date of collision (originally set for 2003) as corresponding to the final date of the Mayan Long Count calendar: Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012. We'll see what we shall see in a few days from now (December 17, 2012).

[Here's a Chinese astrologer's comments on (1) American I-Ching predictions and (2) Chinese astrology predictions.]

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Yeah, here we have heavy rain to some parts of our country, and some people have lost their homes too. So people think, something will happen tommorrow, and accept those as early sighns. Anyway I don't believe cause there are no evidences!

I agree e-martin,

and.. wht you said #7 is exactly right. I do think there's a change.. Hope next year will be great, actualy an year without wold's end fear!!

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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My facetious response to this is that yes, the world will end.  Please send me all the money that you will no longer be needing after Friday.

More seriously, there is no reason to believe it will end.  I do not really understand why people put such stock in the ideas of the Maya.  Even if they really thought the world was going to end on Friday (which they don't/didn't) why would we believe that they had some ability to foresee the future that no one else had?

haha! dats a good answer for the people who believe it!!

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