Why 2012 is a hoax and the end of the world is not coming, yet.
According to doomsday prophecy supporters, the end of the world is predicted by many different cultures, both ancient and modern, throughout the world, in the year 2012. However, these speculations and claims are often misinterpreted and misrepresented, sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident, due to ignorance. Below we highlight the primary components that support the 2012 predictions and discuss why it is invalid and meaningless.
The Mayan and Hopi Indians -
Hopi and Mayan civilizations have been known to cross paths and communicate and trade information, therefore their predictions cannot be treated as 2 separate, independent sources.
The Mayan calendar ends on 2012, leading many people to conclude it is because the end of world. But in reality, their calendar was based on astronomical alignments, and while it is easy to choose a vast array of astronomical indicators to base a calendar off it, the one they chose is arbitrary and connected to the predictions made by the Hopi, who used the same astronomical calculations to predict events.
The so called predictions of the Hopi Indians that give them credentials for predicting the end of the world is misleading. Some predictions include the following:
"The land will be crossed by snakes of iron" - Represents railroads
"The land will be crisscrossed by a giant spiders web" - Represents The World Wide Web
"The seas turning black, many things dying because of it" - Represents the recent oil spills.
While I agree these sound like staggeringly accurate predictions... there are a few problems. For one, these predictions were loosely translated by people not originally part of the Hopi or Mayan civilization, and were translated after the fact. This can easily lend to error and even bias to favor the use of certain words that make it seem more relevant. For example using the terms 'iron' and 'web' aren't exact translations, but were selected because it seemed to point to an immediately relevant event.
The second problem is that like many cases of predictions and prophecies, you never hear about the ones that never happen. The Hopi made many more predictions that seem to not mean anything or never happened. Surely if someone makes enough predictions, especially rather broad, unspecific ones, there will eventually arise events that seem related. Our world is vast and a lot of things happen. It is not hard to predict something will happen eventually, even if it is rather specific.
Web Bots -
A web bot is a software program that uses a set of rules, much like a search engine, to analyze information and trends throughout the internet. These sets of rules are known as algorithms.
A very simplified version might seem like this: After looking at 100 random websites, we select which meaningful words are most used, and try to make sense of this list of generated words. This technique was used to predict stock market trends. The idea is that if people are talking about certain topics, you can gather information about that topic based on what everyone is saying. Using this information you can make predictions such as whether or not a business is becoming popular, or a catastrophe is about to happen.
One way a web bot might 'accurately' predict a catastrophe would be if the web bot detects a rise in discussion across the internet about things such as "destruction", "comet", "natural disaster", "flaming ball" and "death". There are literally millions of trends that come up every day and can easily be manipulated to mean something. While the web bots have been claimed to have predicted events such as 9/11, there is actually obvious explanations for this. As I have mentioned before, they make many vague predictions, often times these predictions can be interpreted to mean something after something closely related happens.
The web bot can predict that there will be a football game on Sunday, because people are talking and writing about it. Very impressive, eh?
The reason web bots predict 2012 to be the end of the world is simply because that's what most people are already saying.
I believe the history channel covered this topic already. They coined the term "Nostradamus Effect" to basically mean a self-fulfilling prophecy. A self-fulfilling prophecy is the idea that a prediction comes true either directly or indirectly because of the actual prediction itself. For example, I can predict that 2 years from now I will ride a sea serpent made of steel and wood. And 2 years from now I decide to go boating. I just made my own prediction come true.
The predictions of Nostradamus that have 'come true' are likely to be self-fulfilling prophecies. Perhaps one of the best examples is that of Adolf Hitler. It is well documented that Hitler constantly read the works of Nostradamus and even carried around his writings nearly everywhere he went. This points to the idea that Hitler could have easily been trying to replicate the prediction of Nostradamus on purpose.
As mentioned before, Nostradamus's predictions were also vague at times, and he made LOTS of them, many of which never really came true or have any relevance to anything these days, but you don't hear about that. He also predicted the end of the world to be a completely different date, nowhere near 2012.
Game Theory -
A very reputable game theorist by the name of Dr. Bruce Bueno De Mesquita is said to have predicted the end of the world in 2012.
Game theory is sort of a branch of mathematics that can use variables to predict human behavior. While this technique can be very accurate in predicting human events and has been, there is no mystery about what it has predicted thus far. However the claim that game theory predicts the end of the world in 2012 is just plain false. Dr. Bruce Bueno De Mesquita never actually made this claim himself; however a reporter claims that he has. This is probably to get recognition and is easily rendered meaningless. It is in her advantage that Dr. De Mesquita will not talk to media and press about the issue.
I'm sure there are many more arguments that seem to support the 2012 doomsday prophecy, but like the major ones discussed above, they can easily be dismissed. In short, 2012 is a hoax or a misunderstanding, or probably both. No, or at least very few, highly reputable scientists support the idea that the world may end in 2012.
However, ALL of them agree that the world WILL end... eventually.
KoshinkuDate 9/30/2011 7:17:00 PM
And yet. Your never know until it happens...
JackieDate 10/1/2011 8:08:00 AM
Sure hope you are right....but just like you said how many times before have someone said...the world is going to end today! Or that year 2000 will shut down our infrastructure. Heck that one at least made sence to an extent. I agree with you, the end of the world probably wont happen in our liftime. So i guess that means I can start christmas shopping now....
Don BoskeDate 5/10/2013
The End WILL happen in our lifetime SOON and WE ARE FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO SEE IT !! Experience what NOT too many have EVER experienced before in Mankind's Futile Existence since Atlantis sunk !!!