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Is December 21, 2012, the End of the World? Experts Think Not.

Here's what scholars and scientists are saying about the Dec. 21, 2012, Doomsday prophesies, the end of the Mayan calendar and their potential impact.

Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice.

Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And, despite the plans for "end of days" parties in Gwinnett County and elsewhere, the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance – they had to end it somewhere!

What is All the Fuss About?

There are a number of theories and predictions that call for earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012. They include:

  • The ending of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans, according to a Sarasota Patch article, kept three separate calendars. The “long calendar” ends on Dec. 21. Some say this constitutes a Doomsday prediction; many do not.
  • Nostradamus. That famed French seer from the 1500s has been credited with predicting several end-of-the-world scenarios that some believe will take place in 2012. The website December212012.com points to the potential sparking of World War III on this date.
  • The collision of Earth and the supposed planet Nibiru. This supposed space catastrophe was initially predicted to strike in 2003. The planet in question was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, according to NASA. When the world didn’t end in 2003, the date was moved to December 2012 for the deadly collision with earth.

What are the Experts Saying?

The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made many scholars and even NASA stand up to make statements debunking the claims. From professors at Tampa Bay’s own New College to the scientific minds at NASA, they’re all saying the same thing: Go ahead and pay that mortgage bill and wrap those holiday presents.

In regard to the ending of the Mayan calendar, New College’s Gabrielle Vail says this, according to Sarasota Patch:

There are many misconceptions about the Mayans. If you look at their calendar alone, the Mayans kept three calendars. The one that has prompted the end of the world predictions was their "long count calendar" — a 5,125 year calendar. The calendar began August 11, 3114 B.C. and ends Dec. 21, 2012.

She said the Mayans wrote about dates beyond Dec. 21, 2012 "well, well into the future, trillions of years." They also wrote about dates before the 5,125 year calendar began.

Here’s what NASA has to say about all of the collective Doomsday prophesies:

The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Why do you think people get so caught up in end-of-the-world predictions? Tell us in the comments below.

sydney green December 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
were going to dieeeeeeeeeeee
Pierre DE Coene December 17, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Hey before we all go take a read of my book Life Just Happens, by Pierre De Coene available at amazon by following this link. http://www.amazon.com/Life-Just-Happens-Dont-LIVE/dp/143277798X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355780746&sr=8-2&keywords=pierre+de+coene If we do not all dwindle away at least we all may have something to think about. I talk about todays society, religion etc.
Debra Loyer December 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Speaking as an average informed person, it makes me sick and upset at how TV has fed into this fear of Dec.21,2012 End of the World. I mean, it seems that too many people are so easy to sway and worry, and in extreme cases prepare. I admit I get the willies when I see a TV show advertising a documentary on info for this date (which seems to be every night....talk about causing chaos uneccessarily...should be monitored and not allowed. STUPID Debs in BC
Ngong Edwin December 18, 2012 at 07:49 AM
This is not the first and will not be the last. I don't care and will never be convinced that this type of thing can happen. Let's align this with the bible teachings and see which one is feasible. Whatever it is I don't believe......See u in 2013

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