Exposing PseudoAstronomy

January 31, 2009

Planet X and 2012: Quotes from the Archaeology Experts About Mayan Prophecy


Introduction

Quite conveniently, in the middle of writing this series of blog posts on Planet X and 2012, CNN today posted this article on the subject of 2012 and the lack of any approaching Doomsday. I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised that the article took a fairly incredulous view on the whole doomsday scenario, and it contained a lot of quotes from experts on the Mayans. I want to post them while this story’s still “hot.”

Other posts in this series:

Good Quotes

From David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center at the University of Texas at Austin: “There’s going to be a whole generation of people who, when they think of the Maya, think of 2012, and to me that’s just criminal. … The whole year leading up to it is going to be just crazy, I’m sorry to say. I just think it’s sad, it really just frustrates me. People are really misunderstanding this really cool culture by focusing on this 2012 thing. It means more about us than it does about the Maya.”

From David Morrison of the “Ask an Astrobiologist” section of NASA’s Web site: “The purveyors of doom are promoting a hoax.”

From Anthony Aveni anthropology and Native American studies at Colgate University: “I think that the popular books… about what the Maya say is going to happen are really fabricated on the basis of very little evidence. … What you have here is a modern age influence [and] modern concepts trying to garb the ancient Maya in modern clothing, and it just doesn’t wash for me.”

From John Major Jenkins who describes himself as a self-taught independent Maya scholar: “The trendy doomsday people… should be treated for what they are: under-informed opportunists and alarmists who will move onto other things in 2013.”

Final Thoughts

Yes, this is a short post. If I come across other good quotes, I’ll add to it. But, I think this post is somewhat necessary because really, all you hear about 2012 and Mayans and doomsday and all that are from the people who are promoting it or from the occasional skeptic or astronomer who just says, “well that’s stupid” without going into too much detail. I wanted to provide independent views, ones from the archaeology community that I normally don’t really interface with.

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  4. yea, i think its very dumb that people think the world is coming to an end on the year 2012. right now in school im doing a project on this topic and im totally agenst it. this whole 2012 this is just another “y2k.” please people you have professers here saying that it is a stupid and that nothing is going to happen. so people that belevie in this pls stop nothing is going to happen.

    Comment by noxin224 — May 21, 2009 @ 10:06 am | Reply

  5. Is that you Astrostu??

    Comment by Colin — May 23, 2009 @ 4:32 am | Reply

  6. Colin – likely. I use that handle on several forums.

    Comment by astrostu206265 — May 23, 2009 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  7. i really dont beleive that that is dumb because the mayans said that in 2001 an major event was going 2 happen and the 2 world trade centers went down now they beleived that the world was going to end in 2012 there IS a possibility that it could happen.

    Comment by jayla — October 3, 2009 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • Jayla – I have a feeling that you’re thinking of the false/fake/made-up “predictions” of Nostradamus post-dicting the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Tower disasters as opposed to anything related to the Mayans. I did a quick web search and found nothing relating to “mayan prediction 2001.” If you would like me to address this further, please name your source(s).

      Comment by astrostu206265 — October 3, 2009 @ 2:55 pm | Reply


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