Some real info on the Mayan Calendar and the 2012 Prophecies
There have been many things written recently about the Mayan Calendar and the “prophecy” predicting a cataclysmic end to the earth on December 21, 2012. But here are some real tidbits for you to chew on.
1 – The Mayan Calendar itself makes no predictions about the end of the world. It is just a calendar that includes several periods of time along with the actual day, month and year data we are accustomed to seeing on a calendar. The longest of these periods is the one that marks the orbital plane of the ecliptic of the solar system coming into alignment with the plane of the ecliptic of the Milky Way which is the galaxy the solar system resides in. This is a 26,000 year cycle and will complete its next alignment on Dec. 21, 2012.
2 – No one really knows how the ancient Mayans got such accurate information that they could construct such a calendar without the modern observational equipment we have today. But we Christians mostly believe it had to be some kind of satanic or demonic influence.
3 – What about the effects of that alignment? The fear mongering claims that the exact date of the alignment will bring on some gravitational influence on Dec. 21, 2012 that will cause catastrophic shifts in the earth’s core and crust that will all but destroy the world and bring mankind close to extinction are pure fluff with no substance to them at all. Let me explain….
To think that completing the final three years of the 26,000 year cycle will bring on such activity makes less sense than seeing that your wall clock has only three seconds to go until 12:00 Midnight and expecting the gravitational influence of the hands on each other to make them fall off at exactly midnight.
First of all you need to understand that the moon has hundreds, if not thousands, of times more influence on the earth through it’s gravity than anything else in our own solar system. You can discount the sun since it is what we are in a stable orbit around. All the perturbations in the earths orbit are caused by the moon and the other planets and their moons making the earths orbit around the sun vary by small amounts.
Now consider that the force of gravity diminishes with distance on the “inverse square of the distance” law just like light does. (This is just going to be an example I am using to illustrate a point, not the actual numbers that you would come up with if you took the masses of the earth and moon into account and worked the real figures; but they are still valid as an illustration since the principle still applies.) That means that if the moon was almost touching the earth and if you moved it 100,000 miles away and the gravitational attraction between the two diminished by half then moving it 200,000 miles away would diminish the pull by ¼ and at 300,000 miles it would be 1/9 and at 400,000 miles it would be 1/16 as strong. At 1,000,000 miles it would be 1/100 and at 2,000,000 miles it would be 1/400 as strong. So you can see that an inverse square function grows exponentially as the distance it operates over increases linearly.
Since the moon is by far the closest body to us it also has by far the most influence on the earth. The moon is what causes the tides to happen. But you don’t see a chart showing the tidal effect of the planets Jupiter or Saturn because they are so far away in relation to the moon that the inverse square law makes their influence difficult to measure unless you have some very precise astronomical instruments to measure it with. This is true even though Jupiter and Saturn each weigh millions of times more than the moon.
So let me ask you a question; just how much gravitational influence do you think the rest of the galaxy has on the earth when the nearest parts of it with any appreciable amount of mass are Hundreds of Light Years away (a light year is the distance light travels in one year at approximatley186,000 miles per second or 5,865,696,000,000 miles – yes that is 5 trillion eight hundred billion plus for just one light year) not just the paltry millions of miles to the planets in our own solar system???
Now that we have discounted the effects of galactic gravity on the earth lets next examine the “rush to doom” that the sky is falling crowd say we are in the process of completing. HEY WAKE UP AND SMELL THE MATH; if there were anything to the 2012 predictions we would already be there. Follow me as I do the math for you….
4 - First of all the Mayan long cycle we are supposed to worry about is a 26,000 year cycle which we are only about three years from completing. First let’s do a little preparatory math so we can understand the math that counts when we do it. If you use a calculator to divide the number 1 by the number 100 you get the answer .01. Since the number 1 represents the whole of something (1 pie, one orange, etc) and 1 percent of anything is 1/100 or one one hundredth of it the number .01 represents 1 percent of the number 1. It may make more sense to you if you look at it this way. Take the number 1.00 and you can see that it is the same as the number 100 with the decimal place moved. So the number 1.00 divided by the number 100 equals the number 0.01 or 1% of 1.00.
Now if we do the same math with the number of years of the cycle (26,000) and the number of years left to completion of it (3) we get 3 divided by 26,000= .000115 rounded to six places. This can then be rounded further to .0001 without losing too much accuracy for our purposes here. If the number .01 equals 1% then the number .0001 equals 1/100 (one one hundredth) of 1% or 1/10,000 (one ten thousandth) of the whole 26,000 year cycle. Said another way that means that the three years left to complete the 26,000 year cycle only represents one ten thousandth of the way to go to completion. If there were anything to the worries that the gravitational pull of the alignment would cause any problems we would already be close enough to be feeling so much of the effect that the amount left to go would not matter at all as it would be a miniscule amount of increase.
5 – What about the “supernatural” element to the 2012 alignment. Since we have already discredited anything else that is all that is left to worry about; or is it?
Some of the worriers claim that it was predicted by Nostradamus. But anybody who has really studied his quatrains (I have in both French and English) realizes that you could take any event in the history of the world since he wrote them and match it to one or more of his quatrains AFTER THE FACT. Yes that’s right; Nostradamus’s quatrains are so vague that you can pretty much make selected ones of them a prediction for anything you want to. We can also discredit any other psychic or seer on similar grounds. None of the older ones said anything that could be definitely pinned on the 2012 event and the modern ones are just “Johnny come lateleys” jumping on the band wagon before it gets away from them.
That leaves us with the only real authority on the subject, the bible, and since it does not mention anything that could relate to the 2012 event we have to totally discredit any “supernatural” element ascribed to the end of the Mayan calendar long cycle.
So there you have it, the Mayan doomsday predictions are nothing more than some elaborately constructed mirrors obscured by a lot of smoke.