2012: Science or Superstition

11A2010NASA has named 2012 the ‘most absurd science fiction film of all time,’ but what would you expect from the Hollywood director known as “the master of disaster”? For a ‘definitive guide to the doomsday phenomenon,’ Disinformation’s 2012: Science or Superstition, by Alexandra Bruce, presents a connection between religious, cultural and scientific research which explains the end result of how these ideas create the apocalyptic theory of 2012. An excerpt of Alexandra Bruce’s book on the correlation to Mayan myth and scientific reasoning:

The Last Apocalypse: Correlating Myth With Earth Science

“Among the Maya groups that left behind written testimonies … we find different accounts that revolve around the existence of a flood that wiped out the previous world and allowed for the creation of a new cosmological order.”

Given these Maya accounts, it is only natural to suspect that the early days of the current 13-b ’ak ’tun cycle might recall an actual, historical period of cataclysmic flooding. When the ancient Maya created the Long Count calendar, they set it up to begin on a very specific date 3,000 years in their own past, which coincided with a zenithal passage of the Sun. This astronomical event signified “New Year’s Day” to the Maya, because it was the day where one would “cast no shadows.” Thus, the 5th Maya era retroactively began on August 11, 3114 BCE or as the date was known in the Long Count, 13.0.0.0.0; 4 Ahaw 8 Kumk ’u.

In 3114 BCE, the Maya were in their “Late Archaic” stage, having long since succeeded in domesticating animals and hybridizing local grasses into maize. In the timeline below, the period around 3100 BCE appears to have been a “watershed” moment for many civilizations, according to archaeological findings all over the world.

3114 BCE    Start-date of a 13-b ’ak ’tun epoch of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (correlated to Gregorian calendar), used by the ancient Maya civilization to record the post-Flood epoch, which ends on December 21, 2012.

3102 BCE    Beginning of the Kali Yuga era, as correlated to Gregorian calendar. Date may commemorate the “Flood of Manu” in Hindu Puranas.22

ca. 3100 BCE     The Indus Valley civilization constructs the first advanced system of drainage.

Menes unifies Upper and Lower Egypt, and a new capital is erected at Memphis

ca. 3050 BCE    The beginnings of Iberian civilizations, arrival to the peninsula, dating as far back as 4000 BCE.

a. 3000 BCE    Umm al Binni lake in the Al Amarah region of Iraq may be an impact crater, as suggested by satellite imagery, (Master 2001, 2002). Age of the crater estimated to be <  5,000 years. During that time, the region was under the Persian Gulf at a depth of approximately 10m (Larsen & Evans 1978: 237). The alleged Umm al Binni impact could be responsible for producing the energy equivalent to thousands of Hiroshima-sized bombs. The impact-induced tsunamis would have devastated coastal Sumerian cities. This may provide an alternate origin of the 2.6 m sediment layer discovered during an excavation of the Sumerian city of Ur by Leonard Wooley in 1954. Descriptive passages in the Epic of Gilgamesh may describe such an impact and tsunami, suggesting a link to the Sumerian Deluge (Matthews 2001; Britt 2001).

Neolithic period ends, Aegean Bronze Age starts, Minoan civilization starts, Troy is founded.

Stonehenge construction begins. In its first version, it consists of a circular ditch and bank, with 56 wooden posts.23

2807 BCE    A very large-scale comet or meteorite impact event in the southern Indian Ocean, caused enormous megatsunamis. It is theorized that the legends of the “Great Flood” in the Bible, the Maya Popol Vuh, the Hindu Puranic story of Manu, the Deucalion in Greek mythology and the story of Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh may be associated with this event, which created the 18-mile wide Burckle crater, under 12,500 feet of ocean.

Is it just a coincidence that there are several traditions worldwide of cataclysmic flooding during the same time period, flooding which was so destructive that a line of demarcation separates everything that occurred before this time with a word was invented specifically to describe it: “antediluvian”? Is it a coincidence that roughly a century after this time, worldwide, we see new civilizations founded and the start of new dynasties or the beginnings of “new eras” in pre-existing cultures?

For more excerpts from Alexandra Bruce’s book and the companion documentary film, visit www.2012SOS.com.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Maybe the true significance of eschatology should be cultural, moral and psychological rather than the kind of dull, naive interpretation we’re usually spoonfed.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Maybe the true significance of eschatology should be cultural, moral and psychological rather than the kind of dull, naive interpretation we’re usually spoonfed.

    • BldgHrt

      The demise of civilization & humankind in general will be significant only in the aspects you mention. Social decay is not something I want to experience first hand having been nurtured over the years on a diet of spoon fed pablum consisting of dogmatic crap.

  • BldgHrt

    The demise of civilization & humankind in general will be significant only in the aspects you mention. Social decay is not something I want to experience first hand having been nurtured over the years on a diet of spoon fed pablum consisting of dogmatic crap.

  • Ah Pook

    What, no mention of the Piora Oscillation?
    The period described in the article falls between two Bond events, Bond event 4 (3900 BCE) and Bond event 3 (2200 BCE) causing large scale aridification and the end of the Egyptian Old Kingdom.

    It’s all very well listing events around the start of the bronze age, but how does it prove that “the world as we know it is going to end in 2012″?

  • Ah Pook

    What, no mention of the Piora Oscillation?
    The period described in the article falls between two Bond events, Bond event 4 (3900 BCE) and Bond event 3 (2200 BCE) causing large scale aridification and the end of the Egyptian Old Kingdom.

    It’s all very well listing events around the start of the bronze age, but how does it prove that “the world as we know it is going to end in 2012″?

  • 2012

    Frightening the young, old, and unbalanced is always a key to making money off fear and panic.

  • 2012

    Frightening the young, old, and unbalanced is always a key to making money off fear and panic.

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