No Doomsday in 2012

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No Doomsday in 2012

Apparently, the world is going to end on December 21st, 2012. Yes, you read correctly, in some way, shape or form, the Earth (or at least a large portion of humans on the planet) will cease to exist. Stop planning your careers, don’t bother buying a house, and be sure to spend the last years of your life doing something you always wanted to do but never had the time. Now you have the time, four years of time, to enjoy yourselves before… the end.

So what is all this crazy talk? We’ve all heard these doomsday predictions before, we’re still here, and the planet is still here, why is 2012 so important? Well, the Mayan calendar stops at the end of the year 2012, churning up all sorts of religious, scientific, astrological and historic reasons why this calendar foretells the end of life as we know it. The Mayan Prophecy is gaining strength and appears to be worrying people in all areas of society. Forget Nostradamus, forget the Y2K bug, forget the credit crunch, this event is predicted to be huge and many wholeheartedly believe this is going to happen for real. Planet X could even be making a comeback.

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For all those 2012 Mayan Prophecy believers out there, I have bad news. There is going to be no doomsday event in 2012, and here’s why…

The extent of the Mayan empire

The Mayan Calendar
So what is the Mayan Calendar? The calendar was constructed by an advanced civilization called the Mayans around 250-900 AD. Evidence for the Maya empire stretches around most parts of the southern states of Mexico and reaches down to the current geological locations of Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and some of Honduras. The people living in Mayan society exhibited very advanced written skills and had an amazing ability when constructing cities and urban planning. The Mayans are probably most famous for their pyramids and other intricate and grand buildings. The people of Maya had a huge impact on Central American culture, not just within their civilization, but with other indigenous populations in the region. Significant numbers of Mayans still live today, continuing their age-old traditions.

The Mayans used many different calendars and viewed time as a meshing of spiritual cycles. While the calendars had practical uses, such as social, agricultural, commercial and administrative tasks, there was a very heavy religious element. Each day had a patron spirit, signifying that each day had specific use. This contrasts greatly with our modern Gregorian calendar which primarily sets the administrative, social and economic dates.

Venus Express observation of Venus (ESA)

Most of the Mayan calendars were short. The Tzolk’in calendar lasted for 260 days and the Haab’ approximated the solar year of 365 days. The Mayans then combined both the Tzolk’in and the Haab’ to form the “Calendar Round”, a cycle lasting 52 Haab’s (around 52 years, or the approximate length of a generation). Within the Calendar Round were the trecena (13 day cycle) and the veintena (20 day cycle). Obviously, this system would only be of use when considering the 18,980 unique days over the course of 52 years. In addition to these systems, the Mayans also had the “Venus Cycle”. Being keen and highly accurate astronomers they formed a calendar based on the location of Venus in the night sky. It’s also possible they did the same with the other planets in the Solar System.

Using the Calendar Round is great if you simply wanted to remember the date of your birthday or significant religious periods, but what about recording history? There was no way to record a date older than 52 years.

The end of the Long Count = the end of the Earth?
The Mayans had a solution. Using an innovative method, they were able to expand on the 52 year Calendar Round. Up to this point, the Mayan Calendar may have sounded a little archaic – after all, it was possibly based on religious belief, the menstrual cycle, mathematical calculations using the numbers 13 and 20 as the base units and a heavy mix of astrological myth. The only principal correlation with the modern calendar is the Haab’ that recognised there were 365 days in one solar year (it’s not clear whether the Mayans accounted for leap years). The answer to a longer calendar could be found in the “Long Count”, a calendar lasting 5126 years.

I’m personally very impressed with this dating system. For starters, it is numerically predictable and it can accurately pinpoint historical dates. However, it depends on a base unit of 20 (where modern calendars use a base unit of 10). So how does this work?

The base year for the Mayan Long Count starts at “″. Each zero goes from 0-19 and each represent a tally of Mayan days. So, for example, the first day in the Long Count is denoted as On the 19th day we’ll have, on the 20th day it goes up one level and we’ll have This count continues until (about one year), (about 20 years) and (about 400 years). Therefore, if I pick an arbitrary date of, this represents the Mayan date of approximately 1012 years, 7 months and 1 day.

This is all very interesting, but what has this got to do with the end of the world? The Mayan Prophecy is wholly based on the assumption that something bad is going to happen when the Mayan Long Count calendar runs out. Experts are divided as to when the Long Count ends, but as the Maya used the numbers of 13 and 20 at the root of their numerical systems, the last day could occur on When does this happen? Well, represents 5126 years and the Long Count started on, which corresponds to the modern date of August 11th 3114 BC. Have you seen the problem yet? The Mayan Long Count ends 5126 years later on December 21st, 2012.

When something ends (even something as innocent as an ancient calendar), people seem to think up the most extreme possibilities for the end of civilization as we know it. A brief scan of the internet will pull up the most popular to some very weird ways that we will, with little logical thought, be wiped off the face of the planet. Archaeologists and mythologists on the other hand believe that the Mayans predicted an age of enlightenment when comes around; there isn’t actually much evidence to suggest doomsday will strike. If anything, the Mayans predict a religious miracle, not anything sinister.

Myths are abound and seem to be fuelling movie storylines. It looks like the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is even based around the Mayan myth that 13 crystal skulls can save humanity from certain doom. This myth says that if the 13 ancient skulls are not brought together at the right time, the Earth will be knocked off its axis. This might be a great plotline for blockbuster movies, but it also highlights the hype that can be stirred, lighting up religious, scientific and not-so-scientific ideas that the world is doomed.

Could an asteroid wipe out the Earth? (NASA)

Some of the most popular space-based threats to the Earth and mankind focus on Planet X wiping most life off the planet, meteorite impacts, black holes, killer solar flares, Gamma Ray Bursts from star systems, a rapid ice age and a polar (magnetic) shift. There is so much evidence against these things happening in 2012, it’s shocking just how much of a following they have generated. Each of the above “threats” needs their own devoted article as to why there is no hard evidence to support the hype.

But the fact remains, the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy is purely based on a calendar which we believe hasn’t been designed to calculate dates beyond 2012. Mayan archaeo-astronomers are even in debate as to whether the Long Count is designed to be reset to after, or whether the calendar simply continues to (approximately 8000 AD) and then reset. As Karl Kruszelnicki brilliantly writes:

…when a calendar comes to the end of a cycle, it just rolls over into the next cycle. In our Western society, every year 31 December is followed, not by the End of the World, but by 1 January. So in the Mayan calendar will be followed by – or good-ol’ 22 December 2012, with only a few shopping days left to Christmas.” – Excerpt from Dr Karl’s “Great Moments in Science“.

Sources: Dr Karl’s Great Moments in Science, IHT, 2012 Wiki

Leading image credits: MIT (supernova simulation), WikiMedia (Mayan pyramid Chichen Itza). Effects and editing: myself.

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  • YodaHead 2012/05/08 11:11:44
    None of the above
    Work on the 22nd then ...bummer
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/05/08 05:13:54
    None of the above
    Not unless the Republicans take control of the Governance. And stripped people of every vital programs. Only then we might see a doom day!
  • seasmoke70 2012/01/11 07:09:48
  • Candy 2011/12/18 22:39:04
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    I believe the world will end when the sun blows up.
  • Loverofcountry 2011/12/13 20:43:54
    Suprise!! Boom!!
    The end is drawing near. Repent! Repent now before it is too late!

    drawing repent repent late
  • Roger 2011/12/13 11:42:22
    i hope the rapture happens. the stumbling blocks will be out of my way, and i can go to work..but the again, i think it already happened, before the writings began.
  • doctorwho_guru.†=♡ 2011/12/13 08:51:53
    Nah. Won't Happen.
  • Jdogg 2011/12/13 06:04:56
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    It's just going to be another day.
  • Pat 2011/12/13 02:30:58
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    I don't think anyone knows when the world will end. And, if someone does, like the government or some other agency, they would never tell us. Can you imagine the panic? It would be the sequel to "Wild in the Streets". Bottom line is, the world will end sometime and anyone here will never know what hit them.
  • Dandydon 2011/12/13 02:04:13
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    I'm not worried about that,i don't use a Mayan calendar.
    I have a 2012 calendar from a local grocery store.....
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2011/12/13 01:49:09
    None of the above
    You and I have BOTH lived through the end of the world....what 12-15 times??

    MAD The Russians Had The Bomb..duck and Cover
    POLLUTION the crying indian
    THE POPULATION BOMB Soylent green is People
    OIL SHORTAGE 1973 only enough oil for 10 years
    JUDGEMENT DAY..the late Great Planet Earth
    NOSTRADAMUS Shick Sunn movie fodder
    ASTRO DISASTER all the planets on one side of the solar system
    GLOBAL WARMING The 'undeniable truth'
  • ANJILE, STARR 2011/12/13 01:34:17
    None of the above
    Can't wait bring on the liqueur wooho !! : D
  • GreyHeart 2011/12/13 01:12:07
    None of the above
    our phrase for "end of the world" i find as pretty egotistical, its just the end of mankind and earth will go on after most disasters

    as for the 2012 thing, not likely to be anything at all
  • sglmom 2011/12/13 01:07:31
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    Interesting ..
    But then again .. life goes on .. days pass by .. bills must be paid .. and we have to work hard (to pay those bills of course and provide for our needs)
    Beds are made .. bathrooms are cleaned .. menus are made .. food is eaten .. and trash goes out for pickup ..
    The mail may not always be as it exists now (but then again .. it may still continue too)
    NO MATTER what ..
    LIVE LIFE responsibly and well ..
    There's always the future .. which will unfold ...
  • Xerxes 2011/12/13 00:44:19
    I could be wrong, but I believe the Hopi Nation have a prediction that the world will end once it is encompassed with a web. Hence some believe that means the world wide web
  • Queen B 2011/12/13 00:37:17
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    Queen B
  • RosaG 2011/12/13 00:34:40
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    That was very interesting!
  • Pele Emerging 2011/12/13 00:30:14
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    Pele Emerging
    I'm not going to lose sleep between now and then.
  • findthelight2000 2011/12/13 00:27:49
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    I doubt it, but the Christian Evangelical-Fundamentalists are sure trying their best to speed up "the Rapture"!
  • **StarzAbove** 2011/12/13 00:26:34
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    The end will come only when God decides to end it. Not before.
  • beachbum **Starz... 2011/12/13 17:47:46
    Totaly agree.
  • marcie 2011/12/12 15:06:00
    Since there will be an astronomical line up that happens every 20,000 years or so, who knows but I am not going to lose any sleep over it. Since I live in hurricane alley, I stay prepared for almost anything all the time anyway.
  • dandieselonian 2011/12/12 12:54:42
    None of the above
    war , famine ,poverty, hatred and overpopulation is what will happen
  • Nam Era... dandies... 2011/12/12 18:23:06
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Nodding head in agreement.
  • Not my name. 2011/12/12 12:36:10
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    Not my name.
  • Nam Era... Not my ... 2011/12/12 18:21:27
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    LOL Yeah we have a lot of those kind here too. Thanks for the laugh.
  • Lady Wh... Not my ... 2011/12/13 09:54:22
    Lady Whitewolf
    **giggle** LOVE it!
  • Lady Whitewolf 2011/12/12 12:34:58
    Nah. Won't Happen.
    Lady Whitewolf
    December 22nd I will be sitting at the table drinking my coffee and laughing my ass off!
  • Nam Era... Lady Wh... 2011/12/12 18:21:46
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    I feel similairly
  • Lady Wh... Nam Era... 2011/12/13 09:54:04
    Lady Whitewolf
  • Rusty Shackleford 2011/12/12 12:04:02
    None of the above
    Rusty Shackleford
    "END" of the world? Most likely no. The calendar doesn't "end" it is cyclical and will start a new era. Will that time pass with no unusual events to speak of? I seriously doubt it.

    Why did the Mayans pick a day when the earth, Sun and center of the galaxy line up? An event that happens once every 26,000 years? Simple co-incidence?
  • Reality-Check 2011/12/12 09:13:27
    None of the above
    the end of the world is nigh... again, and again and again... and another great dissapointment...

    some people [mostly religious nut jobs] just can't help themselves reading into and making up and believing such nonsense..

    being controlled by symbols and signs shows just how stupid some people really are...
  • shinnis Reality... 2011/12/12 11:36:24
    I hope YOU are right. I really wanted to make it to...oh, I don't know....86.
  • Lady Wh... Reality... 2011/12/12 12:35:33
    Lady Whitewolf
  • Nam Era... Reality... 2011/12/12 18:22:40
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Exactly. Thanks

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