What About Nasa

If this was just related to the mayan calander then I would probably brush it off my sholder. NASA has predicted a polor shift, not yoda, NASA. This keeps me asking the question if the world is going to go through a catostrophic event December 21 2012 what should I be doing?

lintlicker lintlicker 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 31, 2008

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NASA is pointing fingers at the sun....but it's no prediction, it's the real thing. Solar flairs have already hit the Earth but NASA has discovered a new string of events that will lead to a massive Solar Flair hit that (if anyone survives for it to matter to at all) will completely kill all electricty and back to the 18hundreds. Personally I would love for this to happen, not kill anybody of course but you can't win'em all.

You're right that a pole shift is predicted... sometime in the next 50,000 years. And as the other comment pointed out, a pole shift is hardly cataclysmic. The whole 2012 doomsday idea was started by people selling books, and is propagated by people with a poor science education and no critical thinking skills.

Suddenly feel more at ease!

First of all, you should Not be worrying. A polar shift isn't something we haven't gone through before :-) It doesn't mean that the world will flip over literally! It just means that the magnetic poles will "switch" polarities -- not physically. If this is hard to understand, picture this. The earth is on a tilted axis. The Northern polarity "slides" towards the bottom/"southern" pole. As strange as it sounds, picture pouring tomato sauce over a baseball. It will slowly drip down, around the ball towards the bottom. Once the sauce reaches past the halfway point (our equator) the polarities simply switch, naturally. Don't worry, Australia will never on top of the world... at least not in that sense :-) So rest assured, the polarity will not affect us. Some climate changes may occur, but probably nothing more than more of what we've been experiencing over the last few years. However, I'm not a climatologist, so that's only speculation; there may not even be many severe weather changes.

And to put off any other sort of craziness, the Tzolkin (better known as the Maya calendar) is just based on the Long Count -- and while this period may end in 2011 (consider that our mathematical translation from Tzolkin into Gregorian does not allow for leap years, therefore losing roughly 1 day every 4 years since 3113/4 BCE), this theory was "invented" by a man named Jose Arguelles who received a degree in Art History (!) from the University of Chicago. Arguelles even admits to the fact that the calendar he used for his research was Clearly not any of the Maya calendars (there are at least two). Despite this, he continues to propagate his theories, perhaps for the sake of notoriety and fortune only. None of his "research" has ever been supported by any Maya scholar and has received many criticisms for it. Arguelles also uses a calendar that is based on a different day-count than the actual Mayan calendar, besides being off-count in regard to our many leap years since 3114 BCE. All in all, I wouldn't worry about either one. Besides, for the Maya, the end of a cycle was a time of celebration, not catastrophe!