Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It Ain't Over 'til it's Over

I hate to break it to you, but you won't be able to put off working on that next manuscript because of the Mayan calendar anymore:
A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events.
I don't know what the History Channel is going to do, though...just when they thought they had linked 2012 to Nostradamus and the bible code...


Plaid23 said...

Thanks for the link Devin. Interesting point, but does the book elaborate any further? Do they just try to point out, that someone was off by a few decades or does this mean anything different concerning the end of the calendar? As far as I know and what I have read the Mayan calendar just ends and makes no claims about the world ending. Even people of Mayan descent and ancestry have come out and said the end of the calendar does not mean the end of the world.


Devin Z. Shaw said...

I don't know what the book says, but I think the whole Mayan calendar apocalypse thing is a Western/European creation.

Jason R. B. Smith said...

The fact that this issue even needs to get addressed demonstrates the awesome crisis in the education system of even the most developed nations. Logic/reasoning should be mandatory in all four years of high school. Quite frankly this post saddens me.