Is The Movie 2012 Denigrating Mayan Science?

As the science fiction movie 2012 opens Friday, a science writer challenges the idea that it’s harmless “disaster porn”.

The film’s writers are arguing that millions of people believe the final day of the Mayan calendar — December 21, 2012 — will bring “some kind of shift in society, or a shift in spirit,” which this article calls “blithe cultural arrogance and staggering anthropological ignorance.”

And it interviews BoingBoing blogger Xeni Jardin, who knows Mayans through her work with a Guatemalan nonprofit. She calls it a parody of Mayan culture, and describes explaining to a laughing Mayan priest what the movie cost to film. (The priest’s response? “Well, that’s gringos for you…”)

The author suggests a better response — “that we step up to our social responsibilities and engage passionately with the issues of our age” — but he ends with a warning for 2012 of his own.

“Placing our faith in wet-brained ravings about a ‘multidimensional realm of hyperspace triggered by mass activation of the pineal gland’ or ‘a dispensation of consciousness thats more intuitive, mystical, and shamanic’ is a luxury we can no longer afford.

“We’re out of time.”

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  • jahson

    Unfortunately the popular culture has absorbed the 2012 mythology which means it's absolutely going to be diluted and marginlized as a serious concept/science. There's no one better to do this than the hack Roland Emmerich. Doomsday prophesies are sensational and sell well so the real scholarly perspectives that could add a sobering and maybe more honest and realistic view on the Mayan end date get lost in the mix. I've personally found a lot of value from reading J. Major Jenkins book 'Maya Cosmogenesis'. There's alot of great books from different scholars that are worth reading I'm told. I like Jenkins approach of using the evidence as he examines it and combine it with the Mayan mythology and astrology to offer a hypothesis that seems a lot more probable than the street corner psycho yelling, 'It's the end of the world”. It's not the end of the world for god's sakes. The date may perhaps be significant for the current state of humanity however. Evolution of consciousness?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Every time someone dies its the end of the world for them, right? Someday it will be the end of the world for all of us too. Someday it will be the end of the world for your children too. Every minute of every day is the end of the world…
    We are all gonna die and there is nothing more to say other than its fun to watch the world destroyed. There a certain satisfaction to it really. Its romantic for everyone to die together, facing the wind..
    Wheeeeee!

  • http://www.feloniousmonk.net Yojinbo

    My calendar ends every December 31st but you don’t see me claiming it’s the end of the world. I just get a new calendar and–viola!–the world is saved for another year.

  • http://www.feloniousmonk.net Yojinbo

    My calendar ends every December 31st but you don't see me claiming it's the end of the world. I just get a new calendar and–viola!–the world is saved for another year.

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