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October 17, 2019, 8:32 am UTC    
July 03, 2006 10:02AM
"Are you losing hope because you don't know enough about the Mayan Calendar?"

This is the question asked on the newest addition to a growing collection of websites hyping access to "ancient" knowledge about the upcoming "Spiritual Y2K" of the Maya calendar end date on December 12, 2012.

[www.mayan-calendar-code.com]

There is no question but that the dotcom bubble of the 1990s was a direct result of concerns about Y2K. Many fortunes were made and lost in speculation related to the rapid expansion of the Web that followed the introduction of Netscape, Windows 95, and massive investment by Microsoft, Oracle, and other software companies in getting their clients ready for the flipping of digits into zeros at the end of the millennium.

Savvy New Age salesmen are gearing up for the spread of the "2012" meme through a globalized population. As Michael Moore cogently pointed out in "9/11", fear can be a powerful tool. Even if the ending of the Maya "Great Cycle" on a winter solstice is a coincidence and supernatural forces are not conditioning our fates, anticipation of 2012 may, like Y2K, turn out to be a kind of self-fulfilling prophesy.

If you haven't been tracking on the 2012 issue, here are a few other websites to get you up to speed:

[alignment2012.com] - John Major Jenkins, the leading 2012 aficionado

[www.13moon.com] - José Arguelles, founder of the 13 Moon calendar movement

[www.calleman.com] - Carl Johan Calleman, whose views inspired "The Mayan Calendar Code"

[www.diagnosis2012.co.uk] - Geoff Stray's growing, comprehensive resource

Just as "The Da Vinci Code" helped to inspire a flood of historical and pseudohistorical speculation, Mel Gibson's upcoming film "Apocalpyto" will probably bring the 2012 issue to the attention of a worldwide audience:

[apocalypto.movies.go.com]

There are both legitimate and fantastic aspects to 2012 research. What remains to be seen is whether the hype results in a greater interest in and appreciation for the significant discoveries that scholars have made about the ancient Maya, or whether it promotes a whole new wave of pseudoscientific nonsense.

"The trouble with most folks ain't so much their ignorance as knowing so many things that ain't so." -- Josh Billings







Subject Author Posted

Are you losing hope?

John Hoopes July 03, 2006 10:02AM

Hope springs eternal ....

Katherine Reece July 03, 2006 10:48AM

Re: Hope springs eternal ....

Warwick L Nixon July 03, 2006 10:55AM

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bernard July 03, 2006 10:57AM

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Warwick L Nixon July 03, 2006 11:09AM

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Chris Catignani July 03, 2006 11:16AM

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Warwick L Nixon July 03, 2006 11:22AM

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Chris Catignani July 03, 2006 11:35AM

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Warwick L Nixon July 03, 2006 11:41AM

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John Hoopes July 05, 2006 11:24AM

Re: Are you losing hope?

Warwick L Nixon July 05, 2006 11:28AM

Choose a Doomsday, Any Doomsday

Paul H. July 03, 2006 11:40AM

over and over

Warwick L Nixon July 03, 2006 11:47AM

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Rick Baudé July 03, 2006 12:29PM

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bernard July 03, 2006 01:17PM

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Rick Baudé July 03, 2006 02:09PM

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Marduk July 04, 2006 02:14AM

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Warwick L Nixon July 04, 2006 09:03AM

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Roxana Cooper July 04, 2006 10:05AM

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Rick Baudé July 04, 2006 12:45PM

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Warwick L Nixon July 04, 2006 12:48PM

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Marduk July 04, 2006 01:04PM

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Warwick L Nixon July 04, 2006 01:09PM

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Marduk July 04, 2006 01:42PM

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Warwick L Nixon July 04, 2006 01:46PM

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Marduk July 04, 2006 01:51PM

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Warwick L Nixon July 04, 2006 01:56PM

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Marduk July 04, 2006 02:16PM

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Warwick L Nixon July 04, 2006 02:58PM

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Roxana Cooper July 03, 2006 12:33PM

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Jammer July 03, 2006 02:20PM

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Marduk July 04, 2006 02:19AM

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Warwick L Nixon July 04, 2006 09:37AM

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palaeopeasant July 04, 2006 04:45PM

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Warwick L Nixon July 05, 2006 09:38AM

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palaeopeasant July 05, 2006 11:21PM

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Warwick L Nixon July 06, 2006 09:32AM

Re: Are you losing hope?

John Hoopes January 08, 2012 01:53AM

Re: Are you losing hope?

John Hoopes January 08, 2012 02:17AM

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John Hoopes January 08, 2012 11:00PM

Are you losing hope?

Jammer January 13, 2012 12:55PM

Re: Are you losing hope?

Rick Baudé January 13, 2012 02:40PM

Are you losing hope?

Jammer January 16, 2012 10:57AM



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