Web I see doomsday predictions about 2012 almost everywhere these days. Even students ask me if the world is going to end in 2012 when I am doing workshops.

The reason everyone is so… I am not sure if scared is the right word, but let’s use that. The reason everyone is so scared is because the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012. Now, this would not be a big deal if it were not for websites, TV shows and movies turning the lack of 2013 in the Mayan calendar into some sort of prediction that there will never be a 2013.

Below, I have included some links that debunk theories about the end of the world in 2012 but here is an argument I have not seen presented elsewhere so I will do it.

Why might a calendar, any calendar, end in 2012?

Suppose you were to make a calendar for yourself. How many years would you include in your calendar? It is reasonable to say that you would not create a calendar that went 200 years into the future (unless you expected to live that long).

For a society creating a calendar, the creators not only have to think about themselves but future generations as well. For a society as a whole, it makes sense to create a calendar that is longer than the lifetimes of the individuals of that society. But would it make sense for them to create a calendar that went on for thousands of years? I don’t think so. I am sure that the members of that society have better things to do than work on creating calendars that go on forever.

Even with the advent of computers, which makes it easier to calculate future dates, the computer I wrote this on will not let me set its date to be after December 31, 2099.

So, according to my computer the world will end on December 31, 2099, not in 2012 like “predicted” by the Mayans. Of course, I am being facetious. I hope you see my point.

Are we in the clear?

Yes and no. We do not have to worry about the end of the world in 2012 but there are very serious threats that face us in the future. I believe that CLIMATE CHANGE and the LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY will threaten the existence of humans. The GOOD NEWS is that we can do something about it. But, just because I say something will threaten the future of our existence does not make it so. Do your own research about the effects of climate change and loss of biodiversity, use the evidence presented to make your own conclusions and then decide what you are going to do about it.


There you have it. While the end of the world will make good movies and TV shows, and it is interesting to think about, 2012 is NOT the year when the world will end.

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