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#31 LaP

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 18:26

Do you think that the calendar literally says Dec. 21, 2012??.


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Posted 04 December 2012 - 18:28

Personally, I'm hoping for zombie apocalypse. *fingers crossed*

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 18:29

I'd argue its healthy for people to think about their own death, especially at that age when their life is ahead of them; it helps keep things in perspective. Depression can also be healthy.

The problem here is with the people who actually take seriously the idea that the world is going to end because the Mayan calendar predicts it. I'd guess they have emotional problems other than simply being depressed.

I have no problem with NASA debunking these things, maybe helping some people out, its just weird that it has to be a priority at all.


It needed debunking, it took a huge leap of faith to go from end of Mayan Greater Calendar Cycle to "zomg end of the world!!!!!!!!!!'"

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 18:31

I'd argue its healthy for people to think about their own death, especially at that age when their life is ahead of them; it helps keep things in perspective. Depression can also be healthy.

The problem here is with the people who actually take seriously the idea that the world is going to end because the Mayan calendar predicts it. I'd guess they have emotional problems other than simply being depressed.

I have no problem with NASA debunking these things, maybe helping some people out, its just weird that it has to be a priority at all.


The problem is that the Mayans didn't predict anything. It just marks the end of a cycle, like any other calendar does. It just got blow out of proportion by the media.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 18:47

people seem to forget the fact that that date on the mayan calendar would have technically happened around March of this year because of leap year that we added in that the mayans didn't do on their calendar


Guess your math is a little off?

They forgot .25 days (about) from the start of their calendar, so that is almost 1281.5 days or 3 years and 6 months off.

Lets not also remember that they "predicted solar events" that had to be translated from their dates to ours, and map out lunar events and planet movments.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 18:54

There is no evidence that the Mayans didn't believe that after this era there wouldn't be another. They just thought it signifies a sort of major advance in human consciousness or something similar. And I sort of believe that is already happening. With the openness of information right now, all the protests, the Arab Spring, ... we could just be transitioning to a new type of civilization that is based on real equality and honesty.

Or well, at least I can dream about that.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 18:54

Did Mayans account for Leap year days? Then 21 Dec may have gone past already.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 19:01

Did Mayans account for Leap year days? Then 21 Dec may have gone past already.


Yes. This has been explained in the previous page of this discussion.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 19:03

The problem is that the Mayans didn't predict anything. It just marks the end of a cycle, like any other calendar does. It just got blow out of proportion by the media.


But why do you assume the new cycle will be exactly like the previous one?

I mean the end of this cycle might very well be the end of the life as we know it.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 19:16

But why do you assume the new cycle will be exactly like the previous one?

I mean the end of this cycle might very well be the end of the life as we know it.


It didn't end on the last cycles, why would it now?

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 20:00

It didn't end on the last cycles, why would it now?

People think that because the mayas only made them for 13 cycles, and this is the end of those 13. It's be like saying the world will end on december 31 2099 according to Microsoft because Windows doesn't support any dates past that. Sort of, on a different scale obviously. But just because nobody's made a calendar for it doesn't mean it won't be there.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 22:26

Thank god Microsoft doesn't control the calender. :s

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 23:23

Thank god Microsoft doesn't control the calender. :s

:p Or Google. There wouldn't be a Christmas, can you imagine that?

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 23:30

The world will end on december 31st because our calendar stops there.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 23:40

1. In Mayan culture, a big celebration is held when the end of the calender is reached. In no way has it anything to do with the world coming to an end.
2. Different Mayan groups each had their own calender (ending at different times).
3. If you ask a Mayan what they think of the world ending on the 21st, they will think you're crazy.

Do your research people! The media won't. All they care about is $$$ and brainwashing people.