December 21, 2012. The Internet, bookshelves, and movie
theaters are full of prophecies, theories, and predictions that
this date marks the end of the world, or at least the end of the
world as we know it. Whether the end will result from the magnentic
realignment of the north and south poles, bringing floods,
earthquakes, death, and destruction; or from the return of alien
caretakers to enlighten or enslave us; or from a global awakening,
a sudden evolution of Homo sapiens into non-corporeal
beings—theories of great, impending changes
abound. In The End of Time, award-winning astronomer and
Maya researcher Anthony Aveni explores these theories, explains
their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence
unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers.
He probes the latest information astronomers and earth scientists
have gathered on the likelihood of Armageddon and the oft-proposed
link between the Maya Long Count cycle and the precession of the
equinoxes. He then expands on these prophecies to include the
broader context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought
about the “end of things”
and speculates on why cataclysmic events in human history have such
a strong appeal within American pop culture.
Subjects: General Science, Astronomy, Religion
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