Posted by: Johan Normark | March 21, 2013

2012: The last grasping at straws?

One day has passed since the vernal equinox and three months have passed since the “end of the Maya calendar”. I thought that maybe there would be some increase in blog traffic regarding the 2012-phenomenon around the vernal equinox. It actually dropped a bit instead. Someone googled the search terms “march 20, 2013 john major jenkins.” That is a sign of grasping at straws, still clinging on to contemporary mythology. The only 2012-related blog post that attracted some notable traffic yesterday was my post on Terrence McKenna. I now expect the 2012-related blog traffic to decrease even more. I will probably be back to report on the summer solstice.


  1. Speaking of grasping at “Maya Calendar” straws, you may be interested in the follow-up to the article “Maya-Aztec Calendar Myths Ring True”, which appeared in the premier issue of The Collegiate Journal of Anthropology (

    Although the Journal describes itself as a source of “outstanding scholarly research papers and reports authored primarily by undergraduate and graduate college students”, it added the following disclaimer above the article in question: “Although AnthroJournal considers the following paper questionable in terms of sourcing and interpretation, it does make an interesting Viewpoints story.”

    The Journal may have added that disclaimer in response to critical comments–I don’t recall the disclaimer being present when the article was initially published. The author responded with posturing and evasions that Stanley Guenther has noted are characteristic of “Maya Calendar” aficionados when they’re caught in pseudoscience and blunders. For example, the author barely acknowledges that the gamma-ray burst hit the earth a day later than the Tsunami with which the author associates it. (

    I feel sorry for students who submitted what appear to be very good papers to the Journal, on the basis of its advertised high standards.

  2. She also refers to JMJ when she pushes the Long Count back in time eight years (but in the reference list there is another source). I suspect the author or the one she refers to is confusing the “before creation” dates that we find at Palenque with the actual starting point (she is completely unaware of even earlier dates that exist at in the Maya area:( What piece of junk this is.

  3. Peace. Mayan Resurrection Calendar: you might change just your mind.

    Mayan Resurrection Calendar:

  4. Here is another facepalm discussion (since it is Palm Sunday today, that is perhaps appropriate):

  5. In my opinion, the 2012-ers, and all new agers missing the boat,
    New age is; New understanding of everything, new understanding of life itself,
    And I agree with Vladimir Megre, the writer of the Ringing Cedar Of Russia books,That there are millions of books written, new age, spiritual, Maya prediction, religious, philosophy, and so on. But very . very few books are of great significance, Most books are just copies from other books,
    The Ringing Cedars Of Russia books are of great significance.
    I would also add the Zacharia Sitchin books; The Earth Chronicles.

  6. Shalom profesora Normark, thanks for your article. Here’s a video you might be interested int also, it’s short (3:59 minutes). Its’ about our culture (and that of the dinosaurs) and I prepared it recently. Thanks again and warm wishes.

    • oops typo. ‘professor’ not ‘profesora’.


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