A few days ago the astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell presented some astronomical evidence for the insignificance of December 21, 2012 for The Royal Society. I have little to say regarding that part of her presentation. From an archaeological and Mayanist point of view she could at least have made some minor efforts looking up some information on the Maya (since she apparently has googled the other stuff). She believes the Long Count was initiated during the “height of the Mayan people”. Apart from that obvious social evolutionary statement she is almost three millennia off. Neither did the Maya themselves call their calendar “the Long Count”. This is a modern concept and we do not know what they called it. She also believes that the Long Count was cyclical, which the actual name itself clearly indicates it is not. It is a neverending count of days. Later on she says that the Sumerians is believed to have discovered the fantasy planet called Nibiru. No, they did not. This is something the pseudoscientist Sitchin says, not the ancient Sumerians. If I remember correctly Sitchin never states that Nibiru will return in 2012. There are others who claim that. I guess Burnell’s knowledge about the whole 2012 phenomenon is quite limited to astronomy. It is, in fact, much greater than that.
Posted by: Johan Normark | February 14, 2011
2012: The Royal Society makes a contribution