Sunday, March 29, 2015

The 2012 Phenomenon

One big pseudoscience belief which brought the world in an uproar was the whole, “2012 Phenomenon”. This huge conspiracy dates all the way back to ancient Mayan records. The phenomenon revolves around a theory that on December 21, 2012, the world will all come to an end or that a major change will ensue. However, there are many disbelievers on the contrast to the many believers to this phenomenon.

The biggest theory behind the phenomenon was that there will be some sort of catastrophic event or transformation will occur in December 2012. But others believed that that ancient Mayan myth was a misapprehension by Mayan scholars. According to the Mayan calendar (The Long Count), the end of the calendar ends around December 21, 2012, evidently meaning the end of the world while other Mayan calendars from different cities would have different Long Count dates (1000+ years later). Others would also argue that Mayans did not predict the end of the world, as the end of the calendar did not mean the end of creation. Mayans in fact celebrated the end of Long Counts and have made predictions for events occurring after the calendar ended. An additional theory to this phenomenon was that on that date a major shift will occur between the North and South Pole, causing catastrophic earthquakes to succeed, leading to the demise of the world as we know it. From a scientific standpoint, disbelievers find it nearly impossible for such pole shifts to happen, as the poles move about 1 degree every million years.

My initial reaction to this whole “2012 Phenomenon,” was that it was completely ridiculous. Although it did leave me with a semi-curious “what if” thought in the back of my mind, I wasn't so concerned to the point I was inclined to research information behind this ludicrous conspiracy. I don't remember much of that day but I do remember people at school talking about it, waiting for earthquakes or meteors to fall down from the sky.

Congratulations!, The 2012 phenomenon was a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events would occur on or around 21 December 2012. This date was regarded as the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.


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