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Why the World Isn't Going to End In 2012: From ZetaTalk to the Mayan Calendar

Updated on January 7, 2012

As we enter the year 2012, many people are beginning to worry about December 21, 2012. I am here to put the worrying to rest. I will explain why the end of the world is predicted to occur in 2012 and why these theories that are supposedly tied to the Mayan calendar are not accurate. I intend to educate the public on how these theories were created and debunk the idea that our world is going to end in 2012.

There have been rumors of pole shifts, extra terrestrials, planets hitting Earth and calendars coming to an end. Luckily, these ideas all have a traceable source that is much more ridiculous than you may think when you watch the news or see movies about the end of the world in 2012.

The media is the largest culprit in spreading fear concerning the end of the world. They have embraced viewers and speculators while attempting to boost their ratings, but fear not. The world is not going to end in 2012 and I'll tell you why.

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What is the 2012 Prediction?

If you have been living under a rock or have been lucky enough to have not heard about the hype behind the 2012 apocalypse, you may be wondering what all these people are talking about. Basically, in 2003, there was a huge conspiracy theory that a planet was headed toward our earth. Here is a quote from NASA regarding this subject:

The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012.

As you can see, when the prediction fails, people tend to postpone the event to avoid embarrassment. When it was postponed, scientists claimed that the planet was moving at a slower rate than predicted and they assumed it would come later, in 2012. But, why did they think this planet was headed toward Earth?

Nancy Lieder claimed on her website, ZetaTalk, that she could communicate with extra terrestrials. In 1995, she spread the word that because of an implant in her brain, she was the human representative of the Zeta Reticuli, a binary star system that is about 39 light years away from our home. Lieder said that she was chosen by those in that solar system to warn us about the planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, and its ultimate passing through our solar system. She claimed that this event would cause our poles to shift, ending in devastating natural disasters that would ultimately bring the death upon all of Earth's inhabitants.

You may be wondering why this explanation doesn't have anything about the Mayan calendar in it. Well, that came later, when the GMT constant was created.

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The GMT Constant and the Mayan Calendar

The Mayan Calendar was created by ancient Mayans. Recently, the calendar was converted to the Gregorian Calendar that we use today. To do this, researchers used what they call the GMT Constant. This is a numerical formula named after early Mayan scientists, Joseph Goodman, Juan Martinez-Hernandez, and J. Eric S. Thompson.

Using this calculator, they translated the Mayan Calendar to the one we use now (with January, February, etc.). This constant was later proved not to be accurate do to the fact that the calculations didn't add up after the year 2012. These scientists argued that it was because there is nothing after 2012.

This argument has been blown out of proportion and is spreading fear throughout the world. The book, Calendars and Years II: The Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World, by Gerardo Aldana, a Chicano Studies Professor at the University of Santa Barbara, aims to prove the problems with the GMT Constant and also debunk the end of the world theory. He points out the issues with the calculations and predicts that we could be over 100 years off on our calculations of when the Mayan Calendar syncs up with the Gregorian one.

Why the World Isn't Going to End

Contrary to popular belief, the Mayan calendar doesn't necessarily end in a dark rift like some suggest. In fact, it doesn't end at all. The calendar on your wall ends every year on December 31st, but are you worried that January 1st won't come? No. So, don't worry about the end of the Mayan Calendar. It's not going to happen.

Similarly, the Gregorian Calendar was set to end on September 18th, 1618. Nothing happened then (or on June 15th, 1224, or on March 13th, 830) so, nothing is going to happen in 2012.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will be happy to chat with you on this subject. Thank you for reading!


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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Lungile, I am so happy to help! Thank you for reading!!! Do not worry about 12/12/12 and enjoy your life! I wish you and your baby the best future. Mahalo (thank you).

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      Lungile 5 years ago

      Hi Hub,this is Lungile in South africa,I thought maybe I was the only one who was worried abt this so called “end of the world thing” I was born on the 1988\12\12 since we began to aprourch december I was really worried and that why I ended up here,secondly I'm pregnant the my gynae said my edd would be on the 12\12\12 so I thought to myself maybe ill be and the world long gone by then lol,I was even thinking the ways to induce my labour so I will able atleast to see my baby then when 12\12\12 comes ill be atleast deliverd,thank you so much you don't know how many ppl u have help by explaning this to us and in an easy way. Siyabonga kakhulu(thank u so much)

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      All these conspiracies that the world's gonna end is just a get-rich-quick scheme. I cannot tell you how many times I saw documentaries on the Mayan calendar predicting the world is to end. Adding to that, the Mayans believed in five stages of life before the world will end completely. One interpretation of that would be in a theological perspective: First were the times of polytheistic belief being in majority, then we entered the times of monotheistic belief being in majority. Who's to say, that is just one of the numerous interpretations. Whatever the interpretation may be, physically and scientifically, the world will not end in 2012. To back up scientific evidence supporting that, I think we would have had many more signs and occurrences of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes beyond the 8.0 range, and massive tsunamis eating up the ground. As far as I know, only a few such events have occurred as they normally do throughout the time of documented natural disasters. THere is really nothing to fear about the world ending in 2012. First Y2K failed, then 06/06/06 failed, why should the world end on 2012? No evidence.

      Btw, I thought this hub was very cool and useful!


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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, cclitgirl, for linking (and reading and commenting). I totally feel the same! See you this december. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      Fantastic hub. I'm going to have to link to it in my hub about Mayan math. I have thought this all along, too: our calendar keeps going, as does the Mayan one. The long count ends and then begins again. Hmm, could all the hype just be an excuse for people to make money? Very interesting and your hub is fabulous!!

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, Greg! I like to keep it positive. :)

      See YOU on the 22nd! Peace and love,


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      greg g zaino 6 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Enjoyed the read Brittany, shared on FB- and UP...

      the videos are a good touch.

      thanx for the work and keep the light brightly lit, darkness overwhelms so many.

      peace sister- well done- see you on the 22nd!




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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Very true, damselfly. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      damselfly21 6 years ago

      good article, if you know anything about mythology you will remember that when myths speak of the end of the world it really means it is the end of people's attitude towards the world. That kind of gives me hope.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Deirdre, Thank you so much for your comments. I think it is important that we all live stress free. Thank you for reading and commenting. Mahalo.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Brittany, What a gently ironic but informative and intelligent summary of the year 2013 takes care of 2012! In particular, I like the way you back up what you say either by pointing to the holes in false arguments or by presenting sound evidence.

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,


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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you so much, RJ. It is nice to meet you. I will get around to reading your hub soon. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day!

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Yeah, twelve years already? That's crazy. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, Lord n Lady. Totally common sense.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I never pay any attention to any of this stuff, however get a kick out of it for all the commotion it creates for some. It’s great to see a new HUBBER and welcome to HUB writing. I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

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      Laura Brown 6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I still remember all the scare going around for Y2K. I didn't think that deserved all the hype either. Funny to think that is already 12 years ago.

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      Lord n Lady 6 years ago from Sherwood Forest

      Ugh, Fox News. Common sense, thank you!!! Voted up!

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, charfaris, for reading and for your kind comment. Have a great day.

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      charfaris 6 years ago

      Very good job of finally saying what no one else will say. Thank you for doing the digging and putting it out there for us who agree with you to share.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, CWanamaker. I have yet to read a comment from anyone who does not agree, so that's a good sign. Haha. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      Finally someone applies some common sense and logic to the Whole Mayan Calendar thing. Thanks for writing this!

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, Millionaire Tips. I think it's interesting to be able to trace where this conspiracy theories come from.

      Rebecca, I agree! Thanks for reading.

      Hush, It is! Thank you for reading. I think we should all live one day at a time too.

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      hush4444 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Isn't it amazing how gullible people are? How about just living your life while you can! I always wondered about the Mayan calendar conversion to our Gregorian - very interesting and voted up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thank you. One of my favorite sayings is.....the est thing about the future is that is comes one day at a time!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      Oh Phew! I was getting worried. This is good information - great presentation. I hadn't focused on this topic at all, so it is good to know where it came from.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, Gordon. I just think a ton of people are worried about it as we approach the new year, so I thought I would rid of the fear. Once they know it's based on some lady who claims that aliens talked to her, I hope everyone calms down. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Very informative, Brittany, and a thoroughly good read. I can't say I have been overly concerned about the whole issue but I do hope the information you provide will help to allay the fears of many who believe every bit of gloom and doom they encounter, in whichever form of media.