We’ve all heard people telling us for some reason or another that the world will end on some variation of December 12, 2012 (if Palin runs in 2012 it will be more like January 20th 2013), and we’ve all heard that this is based on the Mayan Long-Count calendar which ends on that date.
Let us ignore for a moment that the 2012 Doomsday proponents have been unable to present us with any evidence that Mayan myths are true, and let us ignore the fact that the Mayans didn’t actually believe that the world would end with the calendar ended but that they actually believed in a cyclical nature of the calendar (however, I’ve heard that to prevent the world from ending they actually sacrificed somebody).
Let us pretend that these New Age gurus are correct and that the mythology surrounding the Mayan’s beliefs about the way time works are all correct…
The Mayans believe that the world began on August 11, 3114 BC.
So, if you’re going to accept that the Mayan Long-Count calendar ends on 2012, you’d have to agree with their starting date in 3114 BC…
That would make the world 5,122 years old.
That’s nearly 900 years less than the age of the Earth that the Young Earth Creationists believe.
Anybody know any 2012 Doomsday proponents who would be willing to tell me if they agree with the age of the Earth calculated using the same source of their information for when the world will end? If they do agree how do they reconcile their denial of radiometric dating with our understanding of the laws of physics (if you’re going to go about denying nuclear physics you might as well deny our ability to explode a nuclear bomb)? If they don’t agree why do they choose to believe only some of what the Mayans say over other things?