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For All Those Still Fearing The Imminent Doom Of A 2012 Apocalypse

October 17, 2010 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Educational

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Many doomsday nutjobs pinpoint the apocolypse to Dec. 21, 2012, citing it as the day the Maya’s “Long Count” calendar ends….however, there are two options with this post, you can either read this extra long excerpt below or you can watch the video of Neil deGrasse Tyson debunking the 2012 apocalypse myth, or you could be really thorough and read the excerpt and watch the video…your choice but take solace in the fact that the world will not be ending in 2012 and you have many more days on Earth to be miserable and unhappy.

The Mayan calendar consists of many different cycles that work together. These include the long count, the calendar round, the short count, and the 819 day cycle among others. The dating system that doomsday entrepreneurs use is the long count. The long count is made of several cycles that work like an odometer. For Mayan era dates, as well as modern dates, five cycles need to be used. From the largest to the smallest they are –

An example of a long count would be There a 9 b’aktuns, 15 k’atuns, 10 tuns, and no winals or k’ins.

The long count that is supposed to be the end of the world is The day before is The main significance of is of course the number of zeroes.

However, the long count does not end at that point. There are many cycles beyond the b’aktun that can be used to describe any date. The are several instances of extremely large dates used. Coba Stela 1 has a long count that adds up to 41,943,040,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years. Also, Macanxoc Stela 1 has a long count in the initial series that is . Their is no limit to the long count other than the size of the writing surface used and the patience of the scribe.

The last time the Mayan calendar rolled over to 12-0-0-0-0, which was on September 20, 1618.

The time before that was 11-0-0-0-0 which was on June 17, 1224 AD.

The time before that was 10-0-0-0-0 which was March 15, 830 AD.

The time before that was 9-0-0-0-0, which occurred on December 11, 435 AD.

What will happen in the year 2012, when the Mayan calendar rolls over to 13-0-0-0-0 will merely be another roll-over in a Mayan 394 year cycle, and it will happen again in the year 2406, and this will keep on happening for millions of years. Nothing is going to be any more significant in the year 2012 —“ relative to the Mayan calendar —“ than was significant during the last roll-overs in the years 1618, 1224, 830, and 435 AD.”

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One Response to “For All Those Still Fearing The Imminent Doom Of A 2012 Apocalypse”

  1. Brenda Knight Says:
    July 13th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Dear Ned Hardy,

    We would like you to consider doing a review of one of our newest books Apocalypse Not: A History of the End of Time by John Michael Greer. Perhaps you may also consider doing an online review with Greer, or we can send you an excerpt from his book. We feel that this work is at once entertaining and informative, whether or not you believe the end of the world is imminent.

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    John Michael Greer is the author of the award-winning The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, Secrets of the Lost Symbol, and also writes a popular futurist blog, The Archdruid Report. He lives in Cumberland, MD.


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