posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 06:51 PM
A good evidence chase-down is always helpful.
* where's the first place that this is said (and who is telling me that this is what it said?) In the case of the Mayans, if it's not from someone
who can read the hieroglyphs then discard that source (same with Egyptian and Babylonian sources.)
* if it's from an ancient text, find out where the translations of that text are (don't take one person's word.)
* if they're talking about stars, go look the stars and constellations up on Wikipedia. Find out how many light years they are away.
* if they show a part of an Egyptian/Babylonian/Mayan/Incan item, ask to see the whole item (and see what it REALLY says. Most of them come with
writing (as a rule) that can be read or are copies of designs in other places where writing appears.
* go read about comets. They're interesting. Grab some binoculars and look at them.
* if they're talking about gravity, find how how much gravitational pull there is from different planets and how much effect they have on Earth (do
the math. It's actually pretty easy.)
* find out what the aficionados say (backyard astronomy buffs)
Are you old enough to remember the Y2K stuff? I was a computer programmer in those days and we kept telling the public that it was a load of hooey
(and that we'd known about this problem since the 1980's and code written since that time generally took Y2k into account), but everyone ran out and
bought MREs and generators and I spent my time "certifying" that the stupidest stuff would survive y2k -- including a truckload of sand.
I kid you not. I had to certify that SAND would survive "the coming cosmic changes of the year 2000."
And I can guarantee you that on December 22nd, someone will have an "OMG! WE MISCALCULATED!!! DOOM IS HAPPENING IN ..." and a brand new date.
Remember that the planet itself is not concerned with a timekeeping system invented 2,000 years ago (our own Julian calendar) or 3600 years ago
(actually, the Mayan calendar wasn't invented 3600 years ago... it's less than a thousand years old.) And the Mayans couldn't even predict the
drought that caused their civilization to collapse.