There is no truth to Mayan calendar end of the world prediction
Friday is the first day of winter up here in the Northern Hemisphere in 2012. We hope to live to enjoy the first day of winter in the coming years.
Of course those among us who use a Mayan calendar will argue that this Friday is also the day the Earth and its more than 6 billion inhabitants will have their final day. In their misreading of the Mayan calendar, Friday will be the end of life on our planet.
According to the believers, a planet Niburu is about to collide with Earth. They overlook the fact that no one has seen a rogue planet heading our way including the thousands of astronomers who spend the nights observing the sky. Other predictions, including a solar storm, alignment of the planets and a shift in Earth’s axis, are considered impossible and none of this will occur.
The scientists who study these things do not expect a day any different from any other. In summary, nothing will happen to Earth and its inhabitants.
Many experts like to scare us as they think about extremely rare but possible future ways life could end here millions and billions of years in the future. A giant meteorite known as an asteroid could hit Earth. Although one hit the Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago and killed the dinosaurs, we have a one-in-a-million chance of this happening again in our lifetimes.
Global warming is an accepted fact. This can cause severe tropical storms, sudden heavy rain and a rise in sea level destroying the homes of most people who live near oceans and rivers. Actually, Hurricane Sandy might have developed as a consequence of our global warming world.
A global pandemic might occur if certain viruses become more virulent and spread death around the world.
Most epidemiologists believe this is very unlikely compared to the days of the plague and other infectious diseases. We must get immunized to prevent the spread of influenza with the taking of millions of lives as it did in 1918.
Humans may speed up unexpected death on our planet. Nuclear warfare would destroy lives. Artificial intelligence could get out of control in which computers and robots become more intelligent than people and take over our planet. Also, chemical warfare could have nations killing off nations.
The negative side of the world of astronomy might end life here. Solar flares, the final stage of a planet known as a supernova, gamma ray bursts or a recurrence of one of the past 12 ice ages might snuff out life at the hands of Mother Nature.
cor a civilization to be wiped out, an incoming meteorite would have to be 2 to 6 miles across. Statistically this is unlikely because even a half-mile meteorite impacts Earth on average about once in a half-million years.
You will have to wait a while for the most explosive crash of all time. Our Milky Way galaxy of possibly 400 billion stars is on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy which is currently located 2.5 million light-years away. Andromeda is approaching at 240,000 mph. There is no reason to panic as the collision won’t occur for 4 billion years.
With all the possible causes of death of Earth’s inhabitants, none is in our near future as long as humans realize that people are more likely to bring on an end to civilization long before Mother Nature does us in.
We must put politics on the back burner and just learn to get along with each other.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman