Posted by: Johan Normark | August 17, 2011

2012: Focusing on academic scholars

It is almost time to wrap up my dealings with the 2012 phenomenon. I have lost my interest in it and I thought about changing focus from now and onwards. I will primarily focus on what my colleagues write about the phenomenon and their interpretations. It is also a way for me to gather data for my upcoming article that I mentioned in the previous post. I will make two main exceptions to this rule. I have promised that I shall describe what I find to be problematic with Jenkins’s use of perennial philosophy. I will also end my series of reviews of Calleman’s latest book as we reach his “end-date” (28 October, 2011). Of course, if something completely 2012-related insanity shows up I will mention it, but not waste too much effort on it.

My purpose is to expose what scholars have to say and to give their ideas a greater exposure since their voices are drowned in the flood of nonsense that surround the 2012 phenomenon. For example, a series of short articles were recently published in Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. Unless you are tied to a university or some other institution it will cost you 45$ to buy each article. That means that the majority of 2012 interested people never will be able to read them. Topics like this should be open-access in my view. In the future I will summarize the main issues these articles and the books by Aveni, Van Stone and Stuart cover. If I do have time and interest I will also read Sitler’s book and the book by Restall and Solari. Let’s see if I can stick to this plan…


  1. I was wondering what your thoughts were on this article just published by Reuters.

  2. Sounds like someone trying to create hype surrounding whatever she is filming. Discoveries inside one of Calakmul’s pyramids that will tell us something about a supposed end date? Could be anything if you stretch your imagination.



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