Questionable Motives

October 14, 2009

Doomsday is coming! In 2012! …maybe… well, actually …probably not…

Filed under: Astronomy,Humour,Science — tildeb @ 1:34 pm

Milky WayThe date of this apocalypse is based upon the Mayan Calendar, which allegedly ends on 12/21/2012. The Mayans were fairly advanced in their study of naked-eye astronomy and had a sophisticated calendar. Their “long count” calendar had, as its largest cycle, a period of 394.3 years known as a B’ak’tun. Thirteen was a sacred number to the Mayan, and counting 13 B’ak’tun from their presumed date of creation lands us in 2012.

But then there are Mayan writings the refer to future dates as late as 4772, so clearly they thought we would still be around then. Probably the Mayan version of Left Wing liberal bias.

Still, what about sunspot activity which is predicted to peak 2012? What do you mean it’s not?

The solar system will pass through the galactic plane in 2012, exposing the earth to life ending radiation! Okay, maybe not on the 21st… and I admit the plane in our galaxy is imaginary, but still…we do cross it. And then there’s this cool download. Did you know that our galaxy is filled with stars? Damn that Left Wing media bias. Who knew?

I’m pretty sure that if the killer planet that must be heading our way just so happens to miss us on the 21 of December 2012, the geomagnetic reversal will finish the job.

Such claims are good examples of retrofitting. Doomsayers start with the incorrect mythological interpretation that the world will end in 2012, and then search for something pseudoplausible and sciencey they can squeeze into this claim writes Steve Novella over at Neurologica. I think he may be on to something a bit more plausible than the next doomsday scenario.

Still, we can always enjoy the next doomsday movie.


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