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Old 05-10-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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It goes past by a mere 2000 yrs. Sorry doomsdayers, life will go on:

Boston University-led expedition reveals oldest Mayan calendar - Metro Desk - Local news updates from The Boston Globe

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Another set of numbers painted on a section of wall undermines an idea that has been embraced in popular culture -- including the movie “2012” -- that the Maya predicted the world would end in “13 baktuns” or about 5,000 years, which works out to the end of 2012. That idea has long been dismissed by scholars, who explain that the Maya calendar is like a car’s odometer that turns over when it reaches that date, not a doomsday prediction. The new find reinforces that the Maya’s conception of time was not finite, because it contains a calendar that extends 17 baktuns, about 7,000 years.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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Wink well..shoot...

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better clean up my attitude! Helps w/my decision as to buy a new pair of shoes or not...lol...
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:33 AM
 
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Oh, yeah -- the whole Mayan thing -- it's only PART of a calendar. It's sort of ends on December 21, 2012.... but then there's the next panel that's missing where it starts up again.

I watched a show about this and several other Mayan calendars have been found with dates several thousand years into the future of important dates that are SUPPOSED to occur....

In my opinion there are a lot of apocalyptic based religions out there that are "aiding and abetting" the end of the world, because it fits in with their religious views. And people LOVe conspiracy theories....
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:00 AM
 
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I am not at all surprised by this. Once or twice every ten years there is some prediction of the world as we know it ending. This has been going on forever.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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I've studied the mayan calendar for over 30 years. Never once did I believe that it was doom and gloom end of the world, or that the calendar 'ends'.
We like to see time as linear, but they knew it wasn't, their calendar reflects this.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: St. Louis MO
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Default not the end, but a new beginning

I think what most people do not understand is that the Mayans calender is not a link to the end of the world. It is merely the end of the world AS WE KNOW IT TO BE and the beginning of a new one. The calender represents change, not the end. I hope that helps some people who may not completely understand. You can do some research on it to find out more. Or if anyone has questions I will be happy to answer. I study ancient civilizations.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Yes I know, just heard. So now I can go back to being not worried.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I didn't believe that the end of the long calendar meant the end of the earth. But now I will never know for a fact since I highly doubt I will live another 2,000 years.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:26 PM
 
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I think what most people do not understand is that the Mayans calender is not a link to the end of the world. It is merely the end of the world AS WE KNOW IT TO BE and the beginning of a new one. The calender represents change, not the end.
I've heard this explanation just as often as I've heard any other one, and I'm not terribly concerned about the world ending in December.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:58 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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I think what most people do not understand is that the Mayans calender is not a link to the end of the world. It is merely the end of the world AS WE KNOW IT TO BE and the beginning of a new one.
The calender represents change, not the end. I hope that helps some people who may not completely understand. You can do some research on it to find out more. Or if anyone has questions I will be happy to answer. I study ancient civilizations.
I believe its neither of the above.

Why do we need to read something into everything.
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