‘Doomsday’ 2012 prediction explained: Mayan calendar was cyclical

By | November 16, 2009

Contrary to what the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie would suggest, the world will NOT end on Dec. 21, 2012, according to Ann Martin, a doctoral candidate in Cornell University’s department of astronomy. Her research focuses on the hydrogen content of galaxies in the nearby universe.

The Mayan calendar was designed to be cyclical, so the fact that the long count comes to an end in December 2012 is really of no consequence, according to Martin. Simply, it is the end of great calendar cycle in Mayan society, much like our modern society celebrated the new Millennium. It does not mean that the “world will end.” In fact, the Mayan calendar does not end then and there is no evidence to suggest that the Mayans — or anyone for that matter — has knowledge for the world’s demise.

For the past three years, Martin has been a volunteer with Cornell’s “Curious? Ask an Astronomer” service, a Web site founded by astronomy graduate students in 1997.

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I’ll still see the movie.

2 thoughts on “‘Doomsday’ 2012 prediction explained: Mayan calendar was cyclical

  1. Ann

    After all, we are here today, because about 14 billion years ago stars died and in so doing produced the basic elements from which we are made. And, a few billion years from now we will return to be stellar dust from which new stars will be formed.

    We have bodies today because previous generations of living organs on earth died to making the nutrients for our distant ancestors and eventually our parents to survive and grow. And, in the years following the disintegration of our coffins our decayed remains will be nutrients for future generations of organisms.

    “Let me be worthy so that when I die I may enter the cycle of life and death” – paraphrased Native American prayer (‘cause I can’t find the source now). He wasn’t asking to escape death and decay with some eternally blissful paradise, the delusion of all delusions, only that he can be good-enough to die and decompose so others can grow.

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