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An Elaborate Calendar System - Comment on 2009 November 20

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2009 November 20
Worries that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close. Read more:

Today, on the 20th of November 2009, I read the following headline: Is Doomsday Coming? Perhaps, but Not in 2012. Scientists give many reasons not to worry about predictions based on the Mayan calendar that the world will end in three years.

I then decided to read this article and here are some quotations from it:

NASA said last week that the world was not ending — at least anytime soon. Last year, CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, said the same thing.

The announcements by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in the form of several Web site postings and a video posted on YouTube, were in response to worries that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close.

The doomsday buzz reached a high point with the release of the new movie “2012.”

There are hundreds of books devoted to 2012, and millions of Web sites, depending on what combination of “2012” and “doomsday” you type into Google.

All of it, astronomers say, is bunk.

The Mayans, who were good-enough astronomers and timekeepers to predict Venus’s position 500 years in the future, deserve better than this.

Mayan time was cyclic, and experts ... say there is no evidence that the Mayans thought anything special would happen when the odometer rolled over on this Long Count in 2012. There are references in Mayan inscriptions to dates both before the beginning and the ending of the present Long Count, they say.

So far these quotations. They are quite interesting and do not seem to contradict other information.

The Maya "in many respects achieved the most complex level of development among the original inhabitants of the whole of the western hemisphere."

"Chronology among the Maya was determined by an elaborate calendar system."

"The Maya calendar, although highly complex, was the most accurate known to human beings until the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century."

I have dealt with 2012 before. See 2009 June 3.

 

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