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#1 InSoM-

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:42 PM

I've been throwing this around in my head for the last little while and I was curious to know what people thought.

I'll start off my letting you know I'm not that well versed in the Mayan Apocalypse, however, based on what I understand of it, the world is supposed to end on Dec 21, 2012. In my opinion, Dec 21, 2012 wont mark the end of the world per say, but the end of the world as we know it. I believe That something will happen that will decimate North America, whether its Nuclear Weapons, natural disasters, something - that will force our society and its #1stworldproblems to drastically change the way we as a society live and function.

Then again, this could just be Y2K Round 2. :P

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:45 PM

So if it's the Mayan end of the world does that mean that the world will only end for the Mayan's?

More on topic: The world's not going to end.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:48 PM

the maya's actually meant that another period would occur after dec 21, 2012

kinda like transitioning to a different era or something
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:49 PM

The Mayans did not predict the end of the world. Conspiracy theorists draw upon this date because their ancient calendar ended on Dec. 21, 2012. Some whack-job took it upon themselves to believe that this was a prediction of the end of the world.

Here's a youtube video:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=kcc_KAhwpa0


2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End?12.22.11

Remember the Y2K scare? It came and went without much of a whimper because of adequate planning and analysis of the situation. Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know. It will, however, be another winter solstice.

Much like Y2K, 2012 has been analyzed and the science of the end of the Earth thoroughly studied. Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the science behind the end of the world quickly unravels when pinned down to the 2012 timeline. Below, NASA Scientists answer several questions that we're frequently asked regarding 2012.

Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer (A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 -- hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Q: Could phenomena occur where planets align in a way that impacts Earth?
A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.
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"There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there..."
- Don Yeomans, NASA senior research scientist
Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.

Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?
A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-shift to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway.
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Posted ImageEarth, as seen in the Blue Marble: Next Generation collection of images, showing the color of the planet's surface in high resolution. This image shows South America from September 2004.Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA NEO Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.

Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of pending doomsday?
A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
› Why you need not fear a supernova
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Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?
A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.
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Source: http://www.nasa.gov/...tures/2012.html

Edited by Hockey!?, 09 January 2012 - 09:53 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

The world ends when the Leafs win the Cup, and that sure isn't happening this year.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:53 PM

The Mayans did not predict the end of the world. Conspiracy theorists draw upon this date because their ancient calendar ended on Dec. 21, 2012. Some whack-job took it upon themselves to believe that this was a prediction of the end of the world.

Here's a youtube video:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=kcc_KAhwpa0


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Source: http://www.nasa.gov/...tures/2012.html


Thanks for the education! Still fun to ponder though eh? :D
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:57 PM

ROFL @ whoever still believes this nonsense has any merit whatsoever.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:58 PM

the maya's actually meant that another period would occur after dec 21, 2012

kinda like transitioning to a different era or something


this
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:05 PM

December 21st, 2012- Make another damn calendar.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:06 PM

Can't wait till that very day.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:37 PM

it's the end of their calendar and the begining of another..North America will be ok.

I just might be in mexico then as well. :emot-parrot:
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:44 PM

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:52 PM

Nothing will happen.
And even if I'm wrong it's not like I will have to hear anyone gloat about being right.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:52 PM

The world wont end we still have to win the cup ;)
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:22 PM

Theres actually been a lot of scientific proof lately that debunked everything about 2012. Thats why all the talk died down from it.

EDIT: I hope all of you realize that according to the Mayan calendar, the current year is 2015

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:35 PM

The end of the world happened 500 years ago, when the conquistadors arrived...

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:49 PM

Mayans are not credible. They couldn't even predict the Spanish arriving and the consequences that followed.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:13 AM

the maya's actually meant that another period would occur after dec 21, 2012

kinda like transitioning to a different era or something


Exactly. It'll be a period of renewal. I have taken quite a few Pre-Hispanic South American art history courses, and while I am only somewhat well versed in the Mayan calendar myself, my professor is an expert. It's nothing but sensationalist media. Maybe i'll pull up some of my old notes on the subject and post 'em later.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:16 AM

I used to truly believe that something could happen but I think it was wishful thinking.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 01:04 AM

There are just so many unanswered questions...


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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:13 AM

My calender ended in 2011.

Oh wait, I have a 2012 calender....

Seriously. If you made a calender on a rock 1500 years ago, how far ahead would you make it?

Besides humanity will die because we will be surrounded by our own filth, pollution, and disease, poisoned air and water. Because people don't understand money can't be eaten.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:47 AM

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either that, or the calendar maker died when he got to that date, and instead of hiring a new one the king figured, "we're probably good for now; someone can pick it up in the future."
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:01 AM

Then again, this could just be Y2K Round 2. :P

Round 2? More like round 200. Every generation since around the year 1000 AD has had an apocalyptic prediction that - surprise surprise! - happens to occur right during their lifetime.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:40 AM

For those who really believe in or are afraid of the "end times".... I'm more than willing to take all your worldly possessions, lol.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

Does the countdown begin today? :lol: :P
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

The world could end with everyone dancing Gangnam Style.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

The people who thought they had to cut out someone's heart every day or the sun wouldn't rise and the crops would fail?

I'm sure they're right about the end of the world though.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

A coincidence to look up as well is that there is another cycle called the procession of the equinoxes that also ends close to this date. The previous ending of this cycle coincides with the end of the neanderthals and the beginning of the cro magnons....Interesting right?


No not really. The earth's axis has rotation. It can't be said to have a beginning or end any more than a circle can. Any beginning or end is a convenience invented by man. People used to think the stars were moving around the earth, now we know the earth has a wobble.

The cro magnon thing is made up BS.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

2012 = absolute garbage propaganda.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

There was no leap year in the Mayan calander therefore it's like 2013 or 2014 now
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