Mayan Calendar Prophecy, Science Or Fiction? November 12th, 2009
Is the Mayan calendar prophecy, science or fiction? Among the academic community, the predominant opinion is that it is fiction. Some academics will go so far as to say that belief in the prophecies of 2012 is pure fantasy.
Then there are, of course, the pseudo-scientists that can and do come up with some very interesting conjectures and theories. I am sure that you, like most other adult clear thinking individuals want to know the facts.
Is all the hoopla about December 21, 2012 nothing more than a marketer’s ploy to excite your emotions and make a buck? Before you answer, read on.
Let me give you a taste of the science. There is no argument among scientists that the Mayan displayed incredible mathematical and astronomical knowledge. They were experts. They were meticulous.
They were so meticulous that using their calendar data, the solar year is computed to be 365.242306 days long. The Gregorian calendar computes our solar year to be 365.2525 days long. The Mayan appear to be much more precise and accurate than modern man is.
Dr. Dennis F. Bartels takes a more liberal view than most of his colleagues. He does not claim to predict some cataclysmic event. He does warn that to toss away thousands of years of Mayan mathematics and astronomy without some careful thought may be an arrogant blunder.
On the other hand, Johan Normark a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University, views all Mayan prophetic claims as sheer nonsense.
Another scientific fact, the end of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012, lands on the day of the winter solstice. On that day, our Sun aligns itself with the center of the Milky Way, our galaxy.
What is the significance of that scientific fact? To most scientists it is just another day. To 2012 enthusiasts, that day marks an end and possibly a new beginning.
To label the claims of 2012 modern day prophets as outright fiction may be harsh. After all, Noah’s warnings went unheeded. He was ignored because there were no outright facts to support his claims and of course, he talked to God. How many of us today would listen to such outrageous claims?
The conclusions drawn and the predictions made by the prophets of 2012 are based partially on science and partially on history. At best, it is circumstantial. Yet, it can be convincing. Here are a few of their observations and their conclusions.
- The Sun will align with the center of the galaxy. It could affect the magnetic field and cause a shifting of the poles.
- A thirteenth planet in our solar system is due to enter our system. It could create havoc with the earth. (Interestingly, in April 2009 a brown dwarf star was discovered 40 light years away from the earth. It is not a threat, but shows that there exist unseen large heavenly bodies close to the earth.)
- Other civilizations and religions predict the end of the world around this time. Shouldn’t we at least pay attention?
This short list is not complete. It is not intended to be. There is much more circumstantial evidence.
As the year 2012 approaches there will surely be much more coverage of this intriguing subject. Whether you think there may be something to pay attention to or you believe that nothing cataclysmic will occur on that day, it may be wise to learn as much as possible from both sides of the issue.
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