Here is yet another prophet of global catastrophes. According to Publishers Weekly, Lawrence Joseph’s book Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation into Civilization’s End argues that he uses the Mayan “prophecy as a starting point, but claims that his interest lies in more substantial scientific threats to the planet—including cracks in Earth’s magnetic field, the eruption of supervolcanoes and flareups of sunspot radiation. On the other hand, he also gives credence to planetary alignments and The Bible Code before veering into a rant about how the real problem is Christian fundamentalists who want to manipulate the Middle East into Armageddon. When he sticks to science journalism, Joseph is a lively tour guide, introducing readers to Mayan shamans and Russian scientists with equal aplomb. But when he encourages readers to start praying they survive the coming apocalypse, he comes off as exactly the sort of crackpot he claims to eschew. Still, there’s less kookery than in other 2012 books, making Joseph a reasonably straightforward guide to the theory.”
On Joseph’s website one gets a short summary of his prophecies. Of course, these are not only associated with made up “Mayan prophecies” but also with Chinese philosophy, Hindy theology and the Bible. There will be a peak of global warming due to solar activity in 2012. Hurricane Katrina and others storms are related to the solar storms as well, so be prepared for even greater storms in 2012. The Earth’s magnetic field that protects us from solar radiation is dwindling and there will be a pole shift (in 2012 of course). We will also enter an interstellar energy cloud that destabilizes the Sun, Earth and other planets. A supervolcano, at Yellowstone, will erupt and kill loads of people. Actually, he claims that there is a possibility that terrorists will insert a thermonuclear device into the volcano and igniting the whole thing…
What a fantastic series of coincidences, and the Maya knew about this a couple of centuries BC, when the Long Count calendar was created. Of course, they had knowledge about solar activity, magnetic fields, pole shifts, 21st century terrorism and interstellar energy clouds (maybe we all turn into the Thing, Mr Fantastic, the Human Torch or the Invisible Woman when we pass through this cloud? If so, we can save the planet…).
In an interview for CNN Joseph admits that he does not believe the world will end.
“I do, however, believe that 2012 will prove to be… a very dramatic and probably transformative year,” Joseph said.
The author acknowledged he’s worried his book’s title might scare people, but said he wanted to alert the public about possible dangers ahead. He added that his publisher controls the book’s title, though he had no issue with the final choice.
“If it had been called ‘Serious Threats 2012’ or ‘Profound Considerations for 2012,’ it would have never gotten published,” Joseph said.
So apparently earning money by spreading fear is his (and the irresponsible publisher’s) primary goal. In this sense he is like all the other prophets of nonsense. I bet he is one of those who tried to cash in on the Y2K hoax. I wonder what he will try to make a living on in 2013? Is there any other prophecy in some ancient society that needs to be brought up again?