Thursday, April 2, 2009

Guest Post: ' 2012: A Year of Reckoning'



Guest Post by Brett: ' 2012: A Year of Reckoning'
Let me preface this post for those of you who are already mocking me by saying that I am not a believer nor a “doubter” of what may or may not happen at or near 11:11 A.M. GPT on December 21, 2012. I will say I am fascinated by the whole thing and am extremely interested in what others think, so I am encouraging a heated discussion afterwards.
We live in an exciting time. We will see more changes on this planet than any known group of people before us. This planet and our civilization in specific has seen more changes in the last hundred years than in the previous two-thousand, and because of the nature of technology, it is reasonable to assume that this trend will continue. Our generation of people has already seen huge historic events, such as the creation of the internet to the dawning of a new millennium. Regardless of whether or not a cataclysmic event occurs in the near future, we will live through what I think to be another very cool event in history.

2012 dates the end of the Mayan long count calendar, which only happens every 5000 or so years. What the Mayans truly believed this means is in great question mostly because their civilization ended a thousand or so years ago. The Mayans are a very mysterious culture. It is unknown how they had the capabilities to map the stars and accurately predict astrophysical phenomenon’s in the way they were able to. Our society has just recently been able to confirm that the end of the Mayan calendar coincides (not coincidentally) with the Sun and Earth being aligned with the center of the Galaxy. This is a cycle that only happens every 26,000 years.

This is about all I can say with confidence that what I am saying has any validity. I’m sure many of you have heard all the speculation and conjecture that is out there, and it is hard to tell what is accurate / inaccurate, real / fake, science / pseudoscience. NASA has recently come out and said that they expect the 11 year cycle of solar flares to be the worst in some time, and they expect it to peak in 2012. I have also read peer reviewed articles from astrophysicists that claim there may be a link to the alignment of the galaxy with the last time there was a polar shift on this planet, claiming that there is strong evidence that both of these occurred around the same time and that there are theories that could possibly explain how one could be a result of the other. I have also seen lees reputable sources that claim many past civilizations and philosophers that predict historic events on or around this time.

I could go all day on this, but I would rather see what everyone else thinks. Is it all just one big coincidence that all of these things seem to line up, or is it people wanting there to be something bigger than what is really there? I’m not going to lie to you all, while I have my doubts that anything of great significance will actually happen, I am rooting for chaos. My personal favorite is that the aliens helped the Mayans create their calendar, and this date marks their return from the planet Nibiru (Planet X), which some say is closer to Earth than it has been in thousands of years, due to it’s long, ovular orbit. Word up and don’t judge me.

14 comments:

  1. Something great will happen, it comes only once every 4 years....LET THE WINTER GAMES BEGIN....hello Ice Skating.

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  2. my prediction

    http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/capnenormo/?action=view&current=impact1.jpg

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  3. Casey, that will never happen...Bruce Willis will save us all.

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  4. I don't really know what to believe. It feels a lot like Y2K. Also, the Mayan calendar is very fascinating, but how true it is I don't know. The whole earth & sun aligning thing.....how do they know it only happens once every 26,000 years? That is are really long time ago. I think something will happen, but how big or to what extent who knows. There isn't much I can do about it, but live my life to the fullest I guess. will vote for the war of the worlds scenario.

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  5. I am hopeful that the "events" - regardless of whether they are self fulfilled prophecies or not - are more cultural/political paradigm shift and less global reset button. I think it would be far better to witness/participate in the next step of human evolution than to spend my limited time here simply fighting for survival.

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  6. I have always been fascinated by the Mayan civilization. While they did not seem to have any technology that doesn't seem to fit their time on this planet, they had immense knowledge of time and space. For them to mark the winter solstice of a year thousands of years in the future is very impressive in itself. I don't know the validity of the claim but it is said they also marked the precise day that ships from the east were seen in their oceans for the first time.

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  7. I personally think Cockroaches will rule the world at some point.

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  8. This didn't really turn in to a heated discussion.

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  9. I just don't see how anybody can be so arrogant to think that we are the only living creatures in the universe. And why can we not accept the fact that in the past 4.5 billion years the earth has been around, we have not been visited (or hell, even created) by a more intelligent life? Isn't it a mathematical certainty that based on the size of the universe there HAS to be be other life out there? And think about how our technology is exponentially growing with most of the huge growth occuring over the past few decades. Now think about another civilization that has been around for 1,000 more years than us with the same rate of technoligical advancement as what the human race has seen. Maybe traveling the speed of light is a possibility but we have just not realized it yet. All I am saying is people should have an open mind to the unknown because regardless of how much conviction you have in your beliefs, the bottom line is, we do not know the truth. Good post Brettly! You have inspired a guest post from me to come soon!

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  10. Until someone figures out this whole speed of light thing so that space travel and colonization of the rest of our galaxy and universe can become possible, we are sitting ducks on this planet. It's only a matter of time before a huge space rock slams into us, a black hole sucks us in, or Brett's Mayan prophecy comes true. I don't know about you guys, but I want off this ride.

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  11. The largest unit of time on the Mayan long count calendar is a baktun, or 144,000 days, and there are twelve of those in the calendar. The long count just rolls over when it gets to the end. What happened the last time the long count calendar ended/started over? (I really don't know. I'm asking.) It would have been around 3114 BC according to the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

    Also. There are still Mayans. They don't build pyramids anymore or anything but they still live in the Yucatan, Guatemala, and Belize. They don't use the Mayan calendar anymore. And I doubt they think the world is gonna end in 2012. You could make the point that Spanish conquistadors and the Catholic church endoctrinated them but the Mayan culture that created and used that calendar was pretty much dead before the European discovery of the Americas.

    The end may be near but right now I've got a show to watch.

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  12. PS-Justin, it is most certainly NOT a mathematical certainty that, based on the size of the universe, there HAS to be other life out there. Furthermore, that assumption requires an arrogance akin to that to which you attributed a disbelief in extra-terrestrial life. I'll give you "strong possibility" even "probability" but not mathematical certainty.

    Disclaimer - I am uncertain as to whether or not there is life outside of Earth.

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  13. I would like to address the question of other life in the universe. First, it's worth saying that there are more suns in the universe than there are grains of sand on this planet.
    On this planet, and from the life that we see and know, there is a very clear pattern. Nature/life has a way of evening the playing field by overcompensating for the odds that are stacked against it. An oak tree drops thousands of acorns in a year. ONE might, possibly, grow into a new tree. Average human male release between 200-500 sperm in a single ejaculation (I always have to bring it there...sorry) and IF an egg is fertilized it will be the result of only ONE. If only one was release in the first place, or only one acorn was dropped, both life forms would never make it. If the laws of physics are consistent throughout the universe then why not the laws that define life and evolution. Are there going to be other planets around all of those stars...no. The ones that do have planets, will there be life on all of those, no. But I think that the cosmos too has stacked the odds in its favor by overcompensating. Nature is abundant.
    that said, it's too bad we're all going to die in 2012.

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  14. Interesting insight...so nature sucks. It knows it's not going to get it right the first time so it fixes the game by trying all possibilities.

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