2012 - End of the World?
Is it true that the Mayans predicted the end of the world on the winter solstice 2012 and that on the very same day the Earth will converge with the Galactic center leading to the end of the world? Um … No.
Mayan Doomsday: First, the Mayan calendar is more accurately called the “Meso-American” calendar since the calendar was used by many cultures in Central America not just the Maya. Second, this calendar never predicts the end of the world. It simply is a a completion of a the long cycle of time keeping. It is no more the end of the world than December 31st is the end of our world. In point of fact since the calendar mentions the continued worship of the Mayan gods by men it clearly presupposes that life will continue on Earth. A fact pointed out by every historical scholar and ignored by every doomsayer. Third, the actual date of the beginning of the cycle relative to our calendar is less than certain. The alignment of the two calendars was based on the identification of certain events which were recorded by both cultures. Originally, this correlation was done over 100 years ago and now studies have thrown this into question. In fact, it is probable that the “13th Baktun” has already transpired.
Galactic Alignment: This one is even more outlandish. The so called alignment depends on an arbitrary definition of the “galactic equator” and/or the visual appearance of the Milky Way from a particular vantage point. Unlike the Earth which is a sphere there is no way to determine the “equator” of something as irregular as a spiral galaxy. The term has no scientific meaning. Such concepts are not astronomical they are related to the pseudo-science of astrology.
If the world ends on December 21, 2012 it will be from the effects of the epic end of the world party I am planning for that night and not some weird cosmic alignment of forces.