Monday, 21 March 2011

Disappointed that 21 December 2012 wasn't the End of the World? Never mind -- it's not the end of the world!

APeter Lemesurier posted here well over a year ago, the ancient Maya did not predict that the world would end on 21 December 2012 – as virtually any reputable, accredited Mesoamerican scholar will happily confirm. Moreover, as any competent astronomer will tell you, this date did not correspond to any particularly unusual galactic alignment, given that the allegedly 'extremely rare' alignment normally proposed currently happens every year! As you can now see for yourself, despite the masses of black propaganda that have long been spread about (for reasons best known to their authors) by alarmist films, videos and books from would-be 'experts' on the subject, there can no longer be any doubt about the true facts of the matter.
On top of that, there was never any reason to believe that the date was so significant in the history of Planet Earth as to mark the return of Quetzalcoatl, the Pahana, the Imam Mahdi, Krishna, the Buddha Maitreya, the Christ or any other saviour figure; no indication that it would suddenly produce a new, golden age of love, peace and cosmic consciousness; no evidence whatever that the earth would be struck on that date by a rogue planet, irradiated by some kind of photon belt, transformed as a result of a process of exponential cosmic change, mortally wounded by a mega-volcano, turned topsy-turvy by a polar shift, frazzled by the sun or drowned by global warming, as numerous popular publications would have had you believe. Granted, we were by then experiencing more dramatic extremes of climate (as also of financial weather, at least in the West) than we had been used to. We were also, of course, experiencing all the usual range of natural and man-made disasters. But there was no reason to suppose that those disasters would suddenly become either more frequent or more severe in December 2012, let alone so frequent and so severe as to betoken Armageddon, Doomsday or the end of the world – or, for that matter, that either Nostradamus or Mother Shipton ever predicted that they would.

So, at least, argues the book 2012: It's Not The End Of The World (2011, pb, 212pp., illustrated -- see cover photo)...

The book that reveals the true date of the Mayan End of the World
One of the few available books to carefully examine and explain all this, it also reveals the true date of the Mayan End of the World. Sober, dispassionate, wryly frank and unapologetically factual, it is available from bookshops and some libraries, or  googlable via Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Links for ordering it directly will be found at the very bottom of this page and near the top of the right-hand column.  -->

Be warned, though, reading it may seriously damage any illusions that you or your friends may have been fed!

In particular, the common delusions about Nostradamus and the year 2012 are covered on pages 85 to 89 ('Co-opting Nostradamus'), which point out (among other things) that he never in fact mentioned the year 2012 at all. You can also  find further details of these delusions on page 41 of 'Nostradamus Bibliomancer' (click on link in RH column -->), which additionally points out that in his book The Prophecies he never mentions the end of the world, either... 

  •  'We were misled!'
  • 'The Mayan glyphs can be interpreted in various ways.'
  • 'There was a slight miscalculation.'
  • 'It was the wrong day / month / year / century...'
  • 'We never actually said the world would end -- merely that it was one possibility.'
  • 'What we said was merely what some experts believed...'
  • 'We weren't the ones who predicted it -- it was just our guest-presenters...'

Reviews received for 2012: It's Not the End of the World

‘This book gives a thorough historical account of the well-known claims regarding the Maya and the year 2012. It reports in fine detail the more accurate research that has gone into seeking out the true nature and motives of the Maya, as well as revealing that their calendar, instead of finishing at the end of 2012, in fact stretches out trillions of years into the future.
‘The book is highly recommended for those seeking the truth on the subject, or who believe that any significant evidence exists to warrant the claims of such popular writers on the subject as John Major Jenkins. It is refreshing to read a more balanced and rational argument than the usual alarmist/apocalyptic versions.’
            Mark Smith, member of the international Nostradamus Research Group

‘Peter Lemesurier has produced a valuable, scholarly book that: (1) summarises the outlandish claims of the December 2012 doomsayers; (2) debunks the claims and backs up the debunking with succinct summaries of the views of Mayan research scholars; and (3) provides some interesting speculation concerning the origins of the Mayan calendrical system. It seems likely that the hysteria that is debunked is largely a strategy to make money from a gullible public by scaring the bejesus out of them in order to sell books, survival kits, and lurid video documentaries. Lemesurier's book provides a painless antidote to all the hype that is both amusing -- in the author’s inimitable dry style -- and informative. A good read that also provides an entry into the relevant literature for those who wish to read more.’
            David Hill, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, University of Calgary

[Purchasers please note: this is Prof Hill's correct title, and not as printed in the book -- apologies, David!] 

For Amazon and Barnes & Noble, please follow the links at the very bottom of this page, and bear in mind that print-on-demand books take just a little longer to deliver: