December 01, 2012

Countdown to non-apocalypse begins

December 1 Brings Countdown to Non-ApocalypseIt’s December 1, 2012, and many around the world are counting down to the purported Mayan Apocalypse, the end of the indigenous group’s Long Count calendar.

Never mind that revelations during the past year alone have put ancient Mayans firmly in touch with the future, most notably with the May 2012 discovery of a scribe’s wall covered with murals plotting Venus’s orbit 7,000 years out.

NASA has been doing its best to debunk apocalypse myths all year, and now it has taken it a step further: The space agency is now warning of a dark side to apocalyptic rumors, cautioning that while those who don’t believe in the rumors may consider it a joke, there are some who are mentally vulnerable, “frightened children and suicidal teens who truly fear the world may come to an end,” reported on November 28 after an online NASA session over Google+ designed to quell doomsday fears.

Anyone worried can go to NASA’s 24-hour apocalypse-debunking web page. The 21st of December will bring a regular, garden-variety winter solstice, NASA said.
Comment:  For more on 2012, see Fixing the Simpsons' Maya Bit and Bolivia's Coke to End with Maya Calendar.


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The "2012 apocalypse" people are New Age types. And, since its roots in the Theosophical Society of the late 1800s, New Age has basically meant "The more insane something you believe is, the more proof it is of your enlightenment." So they make it into a contest to believe the most improbable things.