2012 (It Ain’t The End)

A NASA artist's concept of a catastrophic impact with the Earth.

You might recognize the title of this blog post as the name of a song by Jay Sean and Nicki Manaj. The year 2012 is referred to in a song and this might suggest that there is something catchy or controversial about it, which has caused it to go viral. 2012 has not only been referred to in songs. Director, Roland Emmerich, has made an entire movie about how the world might end in 2012 and has aptly named it 2012. You might think that talk about the world ending in 2012 is pure fiction, but you’ll be surprised to find out how many people and groups actually believe in it. Patrick Geryl, Terence McKenna, and Jose Arguelles are some of the numerous names that show up on a quick Google search about 2012 apocalypse theorists.

The modern circus possibly started with former University of California art history professor, Jose Arguelles. His prediction was based on the Mayan calendar, and he then became one of the most famous promoters of the 2012 phenomenon largely because his books and conferences were covered extensively by the media. Such media hype influenced other people like Patrick Geryl who quit his job and founded a “survival group” to survive the end of the world. Similar to Jose Arguelles, his beliefs are based on the ancient Mayan calendar, which is set to end with supposedly catastrophic consequences in 2012. Unlike Arguelles, Geryl specifies that a polar reversal will cause the north to become the south and the sun to rise in the west. Shattering earthquakes, massive tidal waves and simultaneous volcanic eruptions will follow. Nuclear reactors will melt, buildings will crumble, and a cloud of volcanic dust will block out the sun for 40 years. Geryl has also written three books on 2012 and maintains a website on the subject. Thirdly, Terence McKenna, a philosopher and researcher, wrote a book under the influence of psychedelic drugs called The Invisible Landscape, which describes a formula known as “Timewave Zero”. It mapped the growth of interconnectedness and complexity over humanity’s biological and cultural evolution. To his surprise, when he applied to formula to the span of recent human history, it ended on 21st December 2012.

Jose Arguelles does not do his credibility any favors by the way he presented his arguments. His conferences were often nothing more than entertainment television, and as a result he might not be taken seriously by many. On the other hand, Patrick Geryl makes bold predictions about how the world will end, and it might seem like he is crazy and has pulled his predictions out of science fiction. Moreover, his website does not look professional, and could definitely use some tips and tricks from The Non-Designer’s Design Book such as contrast and alignment. Last but not the least, Terence McKenna’s formula that predicts the end for humanity was thought of under the influence of drugs, and it would be hard for most of us to take seriously.

After reading through web pages, my opposition to apocalypse theories has grown stronger because their claims are not backed up by convincing evidence. However, if I knew that the world was definitely ending in December 2012, I would spend as much time as I can with my family and I would try and do the things I have always wished to do.

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