rhomboidal wrote:I believe the ancient Mesoamerican culture of the "Mayanalytics" prophesied this very event hundreds of years ago.
Nonsense, they could barely predict a lunar eclipse, let alone anything as world-changing as the end of the blog.
Plus they scheduled a big party for what on our calendar would be 4700 C.E. Terribly bad form to schedule parties after what everyone but the Mayans describes as "the end of the world". There are people in Guatemala still using the Mayan Long Count calendar who are rather amused at all the Westerners thinking their calendar predicts the end of the world.
Djehutynakht wrote:So the Mayans were two and a fraction of a month off.
Actually, it is my understanding that the Mayans had no concept of leap years and that if you subtract out all the leap days since that time, we are already past the end of the Mayan calendar.
No such luck. The calculation that puts December 2012 as the location of what on the Mayan Long Count Calendar would be the end of the 13th b'ak'tun allows for the fact that they had no concept of leap year days, as in December 2012 is what you get when you add leap year days back in.
Its still not the "end of the world" and the Mayans never thought of it like that. They thought of it the same way we think of New Year's Eve: a big party that might end some people but not the whole world.