So I should make plans for 2013???

2012-Doomsday1Anyone who has been planning on really jamming the credit cards and just riding out the next two years might want to pay close attention...

Turns out that we might have been way off on the translation of the Mayan calendar...

About 50 to hundred years off...

A new critique, published as a chapter in a new textbook Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years.

2012This variance totally throws a wrench in the whole "2012 is the End of the World because some stinky Indian said it would due to a message he read in the still beating heart of his last human sacrifice" theories that have been all the rage with the paranoid "Sky is falling" sect.

The Mayan calendar was converted to today's Gregorian calendar using a calculation called the GMT constant, named for the last initials of three early Mayanist researchers. Much of the work emphasized dates recovered from colonial documents that were written in the Mayan language in the Latin alphabet, according to the chapter's author, Gerardo Aldana, University of California, Santa Barbara professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Later, the GMT constant was bolstered by American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, who used data in the Dresden Codex Venus Table, a Mayan calendar and almanac that charts dates relative to the movements of Venus.

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"He took the position that his work removed the last obstacle to fully accepting the GMT constant," Aldana said in a statement. "Others took his work even further, suggesting that he had proven the GMT constant to be correct."

But according to Aldana, Lounsbury's evidence is far from irrefutable.

"If the Venus Table cannot be used to prove the FMT as Lounsbury suggests, its acceptance depends on the reliability of the corroborating data," he said. That historical data, he said, is less reliable than the Table itself, causing the argument for the GMT constant to fall "like a stack of cards."

 This is awkward...

zbush1232831880-Chaos of 2012I know that finding out that the rumors were all wrong and that the world is not going to end on December 21, 2012 is a really good thing and 2012ers the world over should be high fiving themselves over such amazing news...

But for some reason, I am kind of depressed...

Guess somewhere deep down I was kind of looking forward to the chaos... to the global reset...

But let's not go unpacking the Apocalypse sack just yet...Aldana is only arguing that the consensus thought on how to translate the calendar is wrong... not out and out proving that it is wrong by providing the proper way to translate it.

Only that it might be off...

Now it could be that Aldana is making these claims based on good science and endless hours of research on the matter...

But I have another theory for you to chew on....

The Plot Thickens...

Seems rather convenient to me that decades of accepted methods of translation get omitted from a textbook; replaced not by proven truths but rather a pure speculation posed only to proverbially piss in the shoes of the consensus thought...

Too convenient...

As though maybe influenced by some unseen force intended to keep all of us in the dark lest we discover our doomed fates...

Makes sense, no?

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