Excavated Maya walls at Chacchoben.
Image Credit: CIA World Factbook
A favorite science fiction story during my teens was "The Nine Billion Names of God". In the story, some monks are programming a computer to list all of the names of God. There is obviously much more to the story, but when the computer finishes tabulating the 9 billion names of God, the world begins to fade out. The inference being that mankind was created only to discover all the names of God.
There have been many predictions of the world's end, with Mayan Doomsday Forecast: Really ?! reviewing the latest. The reasoning of course, is that the Mayan calendar ends on Dec 21, 2012. The Forbes article quotes a Reuters poll that reveals 10 percent of the world's population is anxious about this prediction. The author is a bit sceptical of the poll, having survived the 2012 US Presidential election.
Mayan calendar discovery confirms 2012 'end date' tells that archeologists discovered a 1300 year-old inscription that details the end of the Maya calendar as just that, the 'end date'. There is something else - the larger inscription discusses political history instead of prophecy.
NASA provides additional information in Beyond 2012: Why the world won't end. Adding to the intrigue, a 'believed' planet discovered by the Sumerians, Nibiru, is headed to the Earth and will collide us on December 21. The Mayan calendar, could begin anew on January 1, leading some individuals to speculate the period Dec 21 through Dec 31 could be a 'blackout period', or one in which we live in 'gray' world.
Borrowing a phrase from Chuck Swindoll, there is a technical term for these theories - hogwash.