2012 : A Doomsday Hoax

Could the world really be ending in the year 2012?

Well, why not, after all ‘experts’ have been predicting the end of our planet or civilisation for thousands of years and, every time the quoted date passes, they just offer up another one along with a whole load of ‘evidence’ as to why it must be true.



The notion that the year 2012 could see the end of the world originates from the Mayan culture are refers to the last year of the Long Count Maya calendar.

The current ‘Great Cycle’, as the Mayans called it, is due to end at the Winter Solstice in the year 2012, specifically on December the 21st.

This ending of the calender has led some to speculate that terrible events will afflict the world at that time, possibly leading to the total destruction of our planet or at least a massive change and a new world era.

Other people, however, propagate the 2012 Doomsday hoax for altogether different reasons – money.

Doom mongering is big business and many books and articles have been sold off the back of it.

I guess fear, instead of paralysing the masses, really can motivate them at times.

I personally do not believe that the world will end in 2012 though and so this post will attempt to allay any fears that any of you may have.




There has been much mentioned in the media, both online and off, recently about the 2012 prophecy.

There was even a reference in the Will Smith movie, ‘I Am Legend’.

However, most of the press has been about the significance of the date rather than any specifics about what is actually supposed to happen.

I would imagine that is because no-one actually knows how ‘the world will end’ on December 21st 2012!

As I mentioned earlier the main reason why people tout that date as a possible doomsday is because that is when the Mayan calender supposedly ends.

The end of the Mayan calendar is known as the end of the Great Cycle but should it mean anything?

After all, the Mayans may have been advanced in terms of their use of astronomy, mathematics and writing but where are they now?

Oh yeah, thats right, their civilisation came to an end.

Besides, they weren’t talking about the end of the world anyway – the end of each previous Great Cycle was actually a period of celebration and the beginning of a new Great Cycle.

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What are the causes of doom predicted for 2012 then?

There have been several possibilities mentioned, some of which are related to the Mayan calender and other which have been interpreted from the work of Nostradamus.

At the time of the winter solstice in 2012 the sun will be aligned with the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, for the first time in approximately 26,000 years.

At 11:11 p.m. on the night of the 21st of December the usual energy that typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will, possibly, be disrupted as a result of this unique situation.

Does that mean anything?

Again, probably not, because it happens every 26,000 years or thereabouts.

In the words of Battlestar Galactica, ‘its all happened before and it will all happen again’.

There are non-scientific arguments put forward for doomsday too, such as an increase in natural disasters and the predictions of Nostradamus who, some believe, claimed that a comet would hit earth.

Now, natural disasters occur all the time and with varying levels of frequency so I’m not sure how 2012 will be any different.

Sure there will be some newsworthy events that year but that won’t be any different to any other year.

As for Nostradamus, well, I’m of the opinion that he was no different to the people who write astrology charts – his predictions were so vague that you could interpret just about anything from them and use them to fit events that have already occurred.


The only scientific fact that might have any relevance to the year 2012 is the dim possibility of pole shifting but even that hypothesis is flawed.

A Pole shift is an extremely rare happening in which the north and the south poles literally swap places.

Scientists know that pole reversal has happened in the past through evidence found in the magnetism of ancient rocks.

It is believed that pole shifting occurs, on average, every 300,000 years but the time span between each one is far from regular.

Considering that the last pole shift is thought to have occurred about 780,000 years ago it may be fair to suggest that the planet is due another one sometime soon.

In this era such an event could be much more profound than in Earth’s past because of our reliance on electrical devices which would likely be severely affected if the poles were to swap places.

Significant, yes, but such an event would be totally survivable.

As you may imagine, December 21st, 2012, has been offered up as a possible date for the next pole shift.

Hmmmm, ok, where did people get that idea from, where is their evidence to support such a hypothesis?

No-one was around last time the poles shifted so no hard facts exist but it is thought that the beginning of the process is completely unpredictable and that it is far from instant, taking thousands of years to complete.

Strange things may well happen during the process but us humans are clever and will surely adapt.

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Hopefully you have gathered now that there is a lack of scientific information to support a 2012 Doomsday theory.

Perhaps that lack of scientific information is deliberate though?

After all, if the world really was about to end, and the governments of the world told us all, there would be total anarchy, panic and hysteria for the last two years of existence that we have left.

Sure theres some sense to that way of thinking, if it was actually true, because if such a profound event was about to occur then don’t you think someone, somewhere, would leak the information to the press?

Its also true that your government really is hiding a lot from you, rightly or wrongly, in the name of ‘National Security’.

But the Mayan calender predates Christ so, if there were any truth to the doomsday claims that have been linked to it then surely someone not associated with the government would have investigated it by now?

Conspiracy theorists, being what they are, will continue to believe that information is being suppressed as part of a large worldwide cover-up.

Sellers of books, DVDs and website advertising will continue to denounce any official word too as the truth would damage their profits.


Its possible.

Then again, the world could realistically have ended at any time in the past or at any time in the future too.

Scientific advances mean that we could possibly spot such a disaster well in advance and maybe even avert it completely.

There are certainly no comets scheduled to hit our planet in the foreseeable future, Nostradamus’ work was too vague to have any meaning and a pole shift won’t happen over night.

In the meantime the prophets of doom will tell you otherwise and will offer proof if you have the dollars to pay for it.

When 2012 passes they’ll be back with another date and yet more compelling reasons why the end of the world is nigh.

They’ll also have everything you need to know about the end of the world explained in a $97 ebook.

Bless them.

The only thing that might end in 2012 is the internet, but thats another story….

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Scared Boy says:

    Thanx for the reassurance ever since i first heard about it ive been scared outta my mind since im only 14 and havent got to live my life again thank u all this makes me so happy and glad that i have a chance to be a parent and have a job and even finish school thnx:)

  2. Believe is something people needed to survive, and that is no different with the topic on 2012. Fact is that there is much more information available than the eye van meet. Personally I like to look at this from the scientific perspective and read up on NASA reports and sorts. And astonishingly so there is indeed impressive data that support (unfortunately) what some are predicting. Here is a pretty collection of this: 2012 blog
    Hope this helps clarifying some of the ‘guessing’ here!

  3. A lot of the hypothesis for this end of the world BS that I have seen is ridiculously flawed. For example one of the clips you yourself have talks about planetary alignment in 2012 which simply isn’t flawed. The 2012 believers have done no research and their claims have absolutely no basis in fact.

    • I’ll have to write about planetary alignment in the future – I’ve got some interesting hoax emails about that somewhere…

      Yeah, I agree, those who believe in a 2012 Doomsday for whatever reason have nothing concrete to back their assertions up with in my opinion.

  4. Michael says:

    You make a good point about fear and money because I was watching 2012 vids and just about all of them tied into related website stuffed with ads or were trying to sell further info on the subject in some way.

  5. Thanks for this article youve reignited my interest in the Mayan culture. They were an extremely advanced people though I doubt they were predicting the end of the world somehow.


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