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MasterNetra
May 15th, 2012, 07:47 PM
The discovery in a Guatemala jungle of a previously unknown version of the Mayan calendar offers humankind a ray of hope: the world is not going to end on December 21, 2012 and could most probably last for another billion years – or more.

*The ancient inscription is estimated to be the oldest Mayan almanac found so far. It dates back some 1,200 years, at least 600 years older than previous examples. In many ways, however, the new calendar corresponds with others.

The initial results of its study have been published in Science magazine by experts from Boston University. They say the calendar precisely describes solar and lunar cycles, as well as the motion of the brightest stars. Most probably it was used to conduct ceremonies and rituals, synchronized with the positions of celestial bodies.

The astronomical table was found in the ruins of an ancient Mayan city, lost in a rain forest at Xultun in northeastern Guatemala. It was preserved in good condition, inscribed on the walls of a tiny cell, measuring little more than half a meter square.

Its calculations say the Mayan 6,000-year-cycle does not end with doomsday, as cycles succeed one another for an unlimited period of time.
The discovery means that December21, 2012 merely marks the beginning of a new calendar cycle, not an apocalypse, as was previously thought.

On one wall of the ancient astronomers’ workshop is a Moon calendar, tracking the Moon's phases for about 13 years. The adjacent wall contains figures indicating four time spans from roughly 935 to 6,700 AD.

The walls are also adorned with portraits of kings. It is for them that the priests kept their records, to give sound advice when times demanded a tough decision.

“What you have here is astronomy driven by religion,” says expert on Mayan astronomy, Anthony Aveni of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

Source: http://rt.com/news/maya-calendar-guatemala-discovery-973/

I figured that Dec 21 2012 was only just the end of the current long count calendar cycle.

BeRoot ReBoot
May 15th, 2012, 07:49 PM
Really? You think you people who trust a stone-age culture to predict the end of the world will be swayed by evidence? You must be new to humanity.

grahammechanical
May 15th, 2012, 07:53 PM
I said a while ago that if a person looked carefully at the inscriptions they will see at the bottom of the text in very small characters the words in Mayan, "Turn over and start from the beginning."

I guess I was right. Pseudo-scientists should get stronger magnifying glasses.

Regards.

hakermania
May 15th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Oh my! What a relief :) I was so scared ;)

Erik1984
May 15th, 2012, 07:57 PM
So Quantal Quetzal won't be the last Ubuntu ever... what a relief :P

MasterNetra
May 15th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Really? You think you people who trust a stone-age culture to predict the end of the world will be swayed by evidence? You must be new to humanity.

Well The mayans do have a strong track record, but the point is to show that the notion some people had about the end of the current long count calendar cycle somehow marked the end of the world is indeed a false notion. Those who are only looking for "evidence" to support the end of the world of course will naturally, ignore this.

KiwiNZ
May 15th, 2012, 08:04 PM
What will the history channel do to fill up the 16 hours of non World War Two time slots now ?

MasterNetra
May 15th, 2012, 08:06 PM
What will the history channel do to fill up the 16 hours of non World War Two time slots now ?

Maybe with some actual useful history? Not holding my breath though. There is still aliens and alien aductions though.

mips
May 15th, 2012, 08:17 PM
http://www.dailyfunnystuff.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Mayan-Calendar.jpg

MasterNetra
May 15th, 2012, 08:20 PM
http://www.dailyfunnystuff.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Mayan-Calendar.jpg

lol

Lucradia
May 15th, 2012, 09:11 PM
Mayan calendar is infinite >_>

As I've said before, that date is when the 13th bak'tun ends, it's also when "The age where ideas become reality" starts, or the "Golden Age."

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsCAFmAIslg

odiseo77
May 15th, 2012, 09:26 PM
Then the World doesn't end this year? How boring! :)

Lucradia
May 15th, 2012, 09:29 PM
Then the World doesn't end this year? How boring! :)

Pole Shifts are pretty similar though. I've already discussed what happens when a pole shift happens though on this forum. We're really overdue for one, and that date might be our next one.

Check this topic:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1854546

BeRoot ReBoot
May 15th, 2012, 09:31 PM
What will the history channel do to fill up the 16 hours of non World War Two time slots now ?

More ancient aliens, of course.

rai4shu2
May 15th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Mayan calendar is infinite >_>

As I've said before, that date is when the 13th bak'tun ends, it's also when "The age where ideas become reality" starts, or the "Golden Age."

The age of people confusing fantasy with reality. Great. In a world where people think of TV as reality, you may as well call it the Apoclypse.

odiseo77
May 15th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Pole Shifts are pretty similar though. I've already discussed what happens when a pole shift happens though on this forum. We're really overdue for one, and that date might be our next one.

Check this topic:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1854546

Don't know much about pole shifts, but sounds interesting. BTW, I was kidding in my previous post, I strongly doubt the World will end just like that, luckily!

Lucradia
May 15th, 2012, 09:48 PM
The age of people confusing fantasy with reality. Great. In a world where people think of TV as reality, you may as well call it the Apoclypse.

Problem with fantasy though is that some of it's real, some of it's false. For example, "Super Psychics" and "Indigo Children" (I'm one of the latter.) Both of these types of people are trying to help us get through the next phase of our evolution. As an Indigo Child, I'm one of the ones who helps deal with the Super Psychics. Super Psychics are around to help deal with the immediate changes that we'll face when it happens. (Consciousness shifts are usually tied to polar shifts, since there's a consciousness grid that ties us together. Humans have a consciousness tie like animals do. But we can't really grasp it.)

We also have memories that the planet throws at us. When we start investigating these memories, we start seeing the memories as if we really had them, when the planet was actually the one to experience it. There's a modern-day Television show that shows this happening as well, a female cop seeing memories she doesn't really have, yet sees them.

Lisiano
May 15th, 2012, 09:50 PM
What will the history channel do to fill up the 16 hours of non World War Two time slots now ?

World War One?

MasterNetra
May 15th, 2012, 10:03 PM
Pole Shifts are pretty similar though. I've already discussed what happens when a pole shift happens though on this forum. We're really overdue for one, and that date might be our next one.

Check this topic:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1854546

Pole shifts are shifts are a magnetic thing and take place over centuries as I recall. Not something to be overly concerned about really. What we really have to be concerned about is our own stupidity.

KiwiNZ
May 15th, 2012, 10:10 PM
World War One?

Now that's just silly talk, next you will be suggesting the Renaissance period :P

mips
May 15th, 2012, 10:36 PM
More ancient aliens, of course.

http://cdn.geckoandfly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ancient_aliens_guy.jpg

halibaitor
May 15th, 2012, 10:36 PM
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i319/halibaitor/theend.png

Lisiano
May 15th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Now that's just silly talk, next you will be suggesting the Renaissance period :P

Why not? To make it interesting, they can add Assassins from Assassins Creed and make a movie.

rai4shu2
May 15th, 2012, 10:47 PM
... As an Indigo Child...

I'd better quit my silly (pseudo-enlightened parody) quips or next someone will claim to be an alien or a time traveler. :p

johnluke728
May 15th, 2012, 11:14 PM
Heh, talk of the Renaissance makes me wonder why the History channel hasn't done a comparison of "Assassin's Creed 2"'s Renaissance to how it really was in history. I'll chime in with the Ancient Aliens documentary taking up all that airtime. xD (Started out interesting, though, I have to admit.) Sure would be nice if History aired actual documentaries again, too many reality shows now. ;_;


http://www.dailyfunnystuff.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Mayan-Calendar.jpg

I swear, this is exactly what my friend thought about the calender. xD

Back on topic, wasn't the table used to calculate "the end of the world" on the Mayan calender outdated and flawed, possibly being a good fifty years off? I take even that with a grain of salt, since I read that on Yahoo! News one day. :P Either way, I'm glad it was an even larger oversight than I knew of previously. I was already aware that the Mayans couldn't have intentionally pinned down a date on the apocalypse, but this news has revealed a new fast fact about the Mayan calender to me!

Lisiano
May 15th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Heh, talk of the Renaissance makes me wonder why the History channel hasn't done a comparison of "Assassin's Creed 2"'s Renaissance to how it really was in history. Once Assassins Creed 3 comes out, they might start showing their footage on the American Revolution sooner/later than Independence day.

Lucradia
May 15th, 2012, 11:37 PM
I'd better quit my silly (pseudo-enlightened parody) quips or next someone will claim to be an alien or a time traveler. :p

Not that it matters since Hebrews are time travelers :P

Linuxratty
May 16th, 2012, 12:55 AM
Maybe with some actual useful history? Not holding my breath though.


So true...I gave up on the History channel years ago..And finally gave up on cable tv as well.When all is said and done,people are notoriously bad at predicting things.

Easy Limits
May 16th, 2012, 01:47 AM
Darn it!

Bandit
May 16th, 2012, 03:09 AM
The discovery means that December21, 2012 merely marks the beginning of a new calendar cycle, not an apocalypse, as was previously thought.


OMGPPP really , never would have thought.. :lolflag:

MisterGaribaldi
May 16th, 2012, 03:16 AM
Wait, you mean I'm going to have to finish my college career and get a real job after all? DANG IT!!!


What will the history channel do to fill up the 16 hours of non World War Two time slots now ?

You just made my night, KiwiNZ! Props, man!

EDIT: For reasons I can't get into due to CoC rules, I have to admit there was a part of me wishing the Mayans had been right in the first place. So ist das Leben.

sdowney717
May 16th, 2012, 12:26 PM
Like this here, people will believe a prevarication cause it must align what there souls think must be true. It fits their world view.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/09/youtuber-alleges-nasa-cover-up-spaceship-spotted-near-sun/?intcmp=obinsite

Humongous spaceship circling the sun, likely when it has finished charging up or watching us, it will come to earth in 2012 and do something nefarious or unnatural, etc...

http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/Scitech/660/371/083183-spaceship-sun.jpg

Sometimes though weird things are real.

IWantFroyo
May 16th, 2012, 12:33 PM
Awww... Now "Winter is coming" can't be my catchphrase anymore.

ikt
May 16th, 2012, 02:04 PM
The world is ending December 31st! =o