2012 DOOMSDAY2012 Doomsday theories
A far more apocalyptic view of the year 2012 is represented by the History Channel which, beginning in 2006, aired "Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy", based loosely on John Major Jenkins' theories but with a tone he characterized as "45 minutes of unabashed doomsday hype and the worst kind of inane sensationalism".
It was co-written by a science fiction author. This show proved popular and was followed by many sequels: 2012, End of Days (2006), The Last Days on Earth (2008) Seven Signs of the Apocalypse (2008) and Nostradamus 2012 (2008), together with programs recounting past doomsdays: Comet Catastrophe (2007), Noah's Great Flood (2008) and Journey to 10000 B.C.
One idea proposed in these films involves a geomagnetic reversal (often incorrectly referred to as a polar shift by proponents of this hypothesis), which could be triggered by a massive solar flare, one with energy equal to 100 billion atomic bombs. This belief is supposedly supported by observations that the Earth's magnetic field is weakening, which indicates an impending reversal of the north and south magnetic poles.
Scientists believe the Earth is overdue for a geomagnetic reversal, and has been for a long time, even since the time of the Mayans, because the last reversal was 780,000 years ago. Critics, however, claim geomagnetic reversals take up to 5,000 years to complete, and do not start on any particular date.
Also, while NASA expects a particularly strong solar maximum sometime between 2010
, there is no scientific evidence linking a solar maximum to a geomagnetic reversal. A solar maximum would be mostly notable for its effects on satellite and cellular phone communications.
History Channel documentaries have also related their End of the World scenario to the following:The Bible's Book of Revelation.
This text, composed some 1900 years ago, did indeed offer a dramatic picture of the end of the world-but it also promised that it would happen "very soon". The Bible says nothing about 2012 or any similar date. More information on the biblical predictions and visions
.The Tiburtine Sibyl.
As reproduced in the 16th century, this book did indeed likewise present a dramatic picture of the apocalypse, but did not date it, least of all to 2012, Sibyl prophecies
.The quatrains of Nostradamus.
While these are clearly intended to be read in a pre-apocalyptic context, they do not specifically mention (or, consequently, date) the end of the world: their Preface states that they are valid until the year 3797. Read about Nostradamus and World War III
and check out The Lost Book of Nostradamus
!!!The Lost Book of Nostradamus.
This is in fact merely a retitling of the anonymous Vaticinia de Summis Pontificibus - a book of prophetic papal emblems dating from centuries before his time - and does not mention the year 2012
.The Prophecies of Merlin.
This was a fictional composition by the medieval Geoffrey of Monmouth, amplified in 13th-century Venice, and did not mention the year 2012. Check our page on the predictions of Merlin
!The Prophecies of Mother Shipton.
The original 1641 edition of these says nothing at all about doomsday or the end of the world or, consequently, any proposed date for either. The Best of Mother Shipton prophecies
online !A movie called 2012
Directed by Roland Emmerich and starring the actors John Cusack, Danny Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt and Woody Harrelson is scheduled for release on November 13, 2009. A viral marketing campaign by Sony Pictures Digital Inc. for the film features a website from the fictitious "Institute for Human Continuity" describing the various doomsday scenarios meant to occur in that year: Among these scenarios is a reference to the Nibiru collision. The claims of imminent doom made by Sony Pictures in their fictional publicity for the film are meant as entertainment and are not scientific. Thus, the picture currently on the website's 'about' page shows the European Union headquarters building in Brussels as the IHC's own premises. Another image of their premises, featured in a short television ad, was in fact of London City Hall.More 2012 Information
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