Sunday, September 27, 2009

2012 - Post No. 500

According to the Mayans, 2012 is the year the world ends as this is the...

"end-date of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, which is presented as lasting 5,125 years and as terminating on December 21 or 23, 2012, along with plenty of speculation, such as interpretations of assorted legends, scriptures, numerological constructions, prophecies, and alleged channeling from extraterrestrials."

Knowing this, it only takes a short amount of time for enterprising humans to capitalize on 2012 by cultivating a vast array of interpretations of same to include a blockbuster movie,

"informative" tv shows, "serious" web sites and "solemn" books telling us this dismaying news may be, in fact, true, a notion this writer finds somewhat puzzling as the indeterminacy of quantum physics, the law of initial conditions/chaos and the relationship of fractals to the Theory of Everything clearly proves, AFAIK, that predicting the future is simply impossible.

Because Black Swans exist, there is no doubt a plethora of disasters can befall us in the year 2012 whether it be an asteroid from space, the potential eruption of Yellowstone or the mega tsunami threat from the Canary Islands but predicting these and other maladies based on ancient calendar predictions is specious at best and deceptive at worst. As entertainment, it's interesting as the great Mayan Civilization, with it's obsession on human sacrifice (to appease the Gods/Aztecs were far worse) and calendars (obsession with time), pulls us toward the year 2012 and the apocalyptic vision it portends with great power and forbidding mystery.

“There comes a moment in the day when you have written your pages in the morning, attended to your correspondence in the afternoon, and have nothing further to do. Then comes that hour when you are bored; that's the time for sex.” - H.G.Wells

Hard to believe but 2012 is post no. 500 for BRT. Somehow it seems appropriate if you know what I mean. :)
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