NOTE: This post originally included an extract from this article :-
2012 - The End of the World, or a New Beginning?
by Michael M. Martino Jr., Long Island Press, Jan 7, 2009.
The article no longer exists at the Long Island Press website, and I have decided to delete the extract because it was too graphic for people who have been traumatized by the 2012 hoax. When I wrote the post it was unknown just how much people (especially children and teenagers) would be affected.
The article investigated many areas of the 2012 and Mayan calendar claims.
The descriptions in the article seemed very much like the Apocalypse scenes described by various religious leaders. It was actually one person's prediction for the 'disasters' doomsayers think will begin on December 21, 2012. Is it perhaps a coincidence that the religious scenes and the 2012 scenes are very similar? Maybe the 2012 video, book, and website publishers are not as secular as they like to think -- maybe they are the leaders of a new pseudo-religious movement? Stranger things have happened. The leaders (as described in the article, and as seen in documentaries) are definitely very enthusiastic about their favorite subject - despite having zero evidence to backup their claims. The movement could be described as being largely based on blind faith. [.. to believe in something without having any evidence.] The audience for the claims and theories seem to accept them as automatically being proved, and there appears to be no need for scientific 'peer' reviews, or scientific debates and discussion of alternative theories. (The title of the article is very suspicious - "2012 — The End of the World, or A New Beginning?". Surely that is just another way of describing the favorable changes that are expected during the Second Coming.)
A good example of the deception, invalid claims, and writing that makes no sense can be found on one of the 2012 websites :- http://www.end-of-the-world-2012.com/
"The fact, that the Maya possessed an advanced calendar system and were very experienced in astronomy is undisputed. Many written finds and also structure, arrangement and adjustment of some Mayan buildings which were excavated in the jungles of Mexico and Central America proof [sic] that. Many Mayan prophecies can be assigned to real events in world history, or rather can be interpreted in such a way. Even respectable NASA scientists predict extremely strong solar storms in 2012, which could have influence to the geomagnetic earth equilibrium and even could release a pole reversal of the magnetic fields. If the earth begins to turn in the opposite direction enormous natural catastrophes are inevitable. According to the prediction of the Maya calendar the apocalypse will happen on the 21th of December 2012."
Be wary of any interpretations. Nobody knows if the interpretations are correct, without having evidence that proves them beyond reasonable doubt.
NASA scientists have predicted that solar activity will increase in [ 2013 ] because it is part of the long established 11 year cycle. There isn't any evidence that the activity will be any worse than during all of the countless previous cycles. (Note that the Earth is still very much 'alive'!)
A NASA senior scientist has said that Earth's "magnetic field is plenty strong enough to protect us and is very unlikely to decline (or reverse) for thousands of years."
He has also said that, "The idea of a 'pole shift' is also unfounded. Most people seem to mean a rapid change in the rotational pole of the Earth, but this is something that has never happened and never will. Some people are confusing this with the reversal of the magnetic poles on Earth, which does take place regularly, every few hundred thousand years. But there is no evidence that this might happen soon, and even if it did, the magnetic shift would be gradual and there would probably be no consequences on the planet, certainly nothing catastrophic."
Suggesting that the Earth could begin to turn in the opposite direction is just nonsense, and shows zero understanding of physics.
Also, please understand that the Mayan calendar doesn't predict anything! (other than the start of a new cycle).
As Karl Kruszelnicki writes:
"…when a calendar comes to the end of a cycle, it just rolls over into the next cycle. In our Western society, every year 31 December is followed, not by the End of the World, but by 1 January. So 220.127.116.11.0 in the Mayan calendar will be followed by 18.104.22.168.1 - or good-ol' 22 December 2012, with only a few shopping days left to Christmas." - Excerpt from Dr Karl's "Great Moments in Science"..
"The fact that these stories about 2012 are not discussed in science journals, or reported at science meetings ... is a strong warning that Nibiru and pole shift and the like are not real. They represent a hoax, plain and simple."
(NASA senior scientist, David Morrison.)
An Apocalypse article is now showing on CNN.com !
Apocalypse in 2012? Date spawns theories, film
Also, The Times (South Africa) :-
Your Guess is as Good as Mayan
Wikipedia article :-
2012 Doomsday Prediction
What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012 (very definitive)