a Note on Some Doomsday Predictions

I recently saw a show on the History Channel called “Doomsday 2012”. In it they spoke of a lot of different prophets over the years making a case for the approach of doomsday, and not just the Maya. However, like Nostradamus, none of them came up with the date. Most were just the usual “doom and gloom” predictions for the end of the world. (Which, in fact, the Maya do not do.)

R. J. Shelton mentioned one of the Merlin prophecies about the planets leaving their courses. He concluded that only the pole shift hypothesis would fit the prophecy.

However, what he fails to realize is that the pole shift would not cause any planets to leave their orbits, only to create a change in our viewpoint of those orbits. The difference may seem subtle to some but the degree of divergence would be minimal. Not hardly the “planets leaving their courses” that Merlin predicted.

The Hopi Indians were mentioned as well. One of their predictions preceding the doomsday was that the Sun would get hotter. Many of the scholars assumed this meant our present “global warming”.

Again, many moderns take this with a modern interpretation. As if the prophecy was all about us.

Global warming has nothing to do with the Sun getting warmer. As mentioned in a previous entry, these ancient astronomers had a pretty good idea of the structure of the solar system and the planetary movements. They could discern something happening at one spot in the system as opposed to our own geocentric interpretation of everything.

The Sun getting warmer would be just that, not the Earth getting warmer. The latter may be caused by the former but the Earth warming is not going to make the Sun get warmer. And the couple of degrees of global warming would not give the impression of the Sun getting appreciably warmer.

However, a nova event might.

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