End of the World Postponed

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    Oct 23, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    End of the Earth Postponed

    Stephanie Pappas
    livescience Senior Writer
    livescience.com – Tue Oct 19, 7:35 am ET

    It's a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse.

    The good news is that the Mayan "Long Count" calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it). The bad news for prophecy believers? If the calendar doesn't end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will - or if it has already.

    Conversion Formula Questioned

    A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events. (The doomsday worries are based on the fact that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, much as our year ends on Dec. 31.)

    The Mayan calendar was converted to today's Gregorian calendar using a calculation called the GMT constant, named for the last initials of three early Mayanist researchers. Much of the work emphasized dates recovered from colonial documents that were written in the Mayan language in the Latin alphabet, according to the chapter's author, Gerardo Aldana, University of California, Santa Barbara professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

    Later, the GMT constant was bolstered by American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, who used data in the Dresden Codex Venus Table, a Mayan calendar and almanac that charts dates relative to the movements of Venus.

    "He took the position that his work removed the last obstacle to fully accepting the GMT constant," Aldana said in a statement. "Others took his work even further, suggesting that he had proven the GMT constant to be correct."

    But according to Aldana, Lounsbury's evidence is far from irrefutable.

    "If the Venus Table cannot be used to prove the FMT as Lounsbury suggests, its acceptance depends on the reliability of the corroborating data," he said. That historical data, he said, is less reliable than the Table itself, causing the argument for the GMT constant to fall "like a stack of cards."

    Aldana doesn't have any answers as to what the correct calendar conversion might be, preferring to focus on why the current interpretation may be wrong. Looks like end-of-the-world theorists may need to find another ancient calendar on which to pin their apocalyptic hopes.

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    Oct 23, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    It's a trap! They just want us to think it's not ending so it'll come as a surprise.
    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!! icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    Run where?

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    Oct 24, 2010 10:27 AM GMT
    Posted it a few days ago

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    Oct 24, 2010 12:26 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidRun where?
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:45 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidHey, so if life ended on Mars it could theoretically end on Earth as well.
    ...at which time our technology should be advanced enough that space travel is the norm, and Venus should be far enough away from the sun to be cool enough to have liquid water. Then we can just colonize Venus and say to hell with Earth. Oh yeah, and just to keep everything in balance, there should be a new planet formed by then to replace Mercury, and Mars will have grown to be the size of Jupiter, and Jupiter will have exploded and the fragments will have formed a ring around it that resemble the rings of Saturn, etc. etc. etc.

    PS. There is no scientific nor biblical evidence for this. But I can write a bible if you promise to send money so I can pray for your soul to rest peacefully in the Orion nebula.
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    Oct 24, 2010 4:04 PM GMT
    Move to Mars? But nothing ever happens on Mars...

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    Oct 24, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThere is scientific evidence that strongly suggests or possibly already proves that life existed on Mars. .

    Course there is, just ask hollywood icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    At some point in the very distant future..earth will die and possibly Humans along with it. Humans will deplete its resources and the earth will be forced to simply reboot itself. It did after the meteor crash which started the ice age. As we all know the ice age was responsible for the demise of the Dinosaurs and many other species. I believe there are four major threats to earth,

    1-Hostile visitors (if you believe)
    2-Depletion of Earths resources due to overpopulation.
    3-Solar flares ( which is possible as we no longer have a Ozone Layer.

    Now i was speaking to a professor of mines and he was raising the question of "Which would lead to Human extinction, depletion of Earth's natural resources or HIV?. I strongly believe HIV will be the winner. And if HIV is halted by creating a cure there will be another disease to replace it. I read the above comments also which asked where would survivors go if it the earth started to die. This can happen also because of solar flares but that will happen in the next billion years. Anyways the theory and alternative is terraforming(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terraforming) nearby planets to accommodate human life. This scientific leap will ensure the next evolutionary step for the Human Race. I love science lol.