Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A short review of "How to Survive 2012"

“How to Survive 2012” is the third book in a trilogy of illogical doom fantasies by Belgian pseudo-scientist Patrick Geryl. Patrick Geryl , a self-proclaimed independent researcher, has won over many in the survivalist movement by playing the part of “master researcher.” He has done numerous interviews in both English and Dutch discussing the up and coming “cataclysm” predicted by both the Maya and Ancient Egyptians. In short, Geryl has perpetuated his fantasy with the help of other pseudo-scientific writers that have absolutely no scientific knowledge in any discipline they write about.Geryl begins his “masterpiece” with his ever so popular “fantasy archaeology” on the first page of the foreword:

Polar Reversals can be calculated precisely on the basis of the sunspot cycle theory or the magnetic field theory, which the Maya and the Old Egyptians were privy to. These secrets are contained in the Labyrinth of Hawara, a huge complex consisting of three thousand rooms.1

The “Labyrinth” that is referred to in Geryl’s book is the supposed complex that Herodotus describes in Book II in his work of Histories. According to Herodotus’ work, the complex was home to knowledge of past eras and ancient cultures well before the ancient Egyptians. Geryl will have you believe that evidence of past cataclysms and the artifacts of the antediluvian society Atlantis were housed in this Labyrinth. What makes this statement from Geryl special is that he claimed to have discovered the Labyrinth in Hawara, Egypt. Forget the fact that this complex that is constantly being referred still has not been officially been discovered by anyone let alone a pseudo-scientific writer from Belgium, the complex would have been flooded for a very long time. Geryl explains later in the book that he had not received permission to dig at the complex. Fortunately, he and his team are still not allowed to dig. The Hawara complex, though not officially identified as the Labyrinth, has even been considered by other Egyptologist as having been a possible place for the Labyrinth, which makes Geryl’s statement even more ridiculous. He takes credit for other people’s discoveries and then bends the facts to fit his theories.
Playing with fantasy is something Geryl does on a regular basis. On the first page of chapter one, Geryl cites that the magnetic field of earth has weakened 60% over the past two thousand years. This is an example of twisting facts and readjusting them to fit your ideas. Even though magnetic field strength has indeed dropped, it would take thousands of years for the field strength to be weak enough for a field reversal to even be possible. This is something that Geryl will not tell you. In addition, these reversals take thousands of years to happen and are not related to the physical poles of the earth. This next block quote should seal the deal on Geryl’s fantasy land work:
I took it as my task to rediscover the lost knowledge of these brilliant scientists. Almost from the beginning of my search I discovered astronomical numbers and mathematical series that correlated with each other. Esoteric symbols complemented this connection. They performed codes impossible to crack for non-insiders, yet I persisted in finishing my task, unraveling code after code.2
Once again, Geryl takes us on a journey inside his imagination where he is the protagonist of his story. Throughout the book Geryl refers to Charles Hapgood, Albert Slosman and other failed pseuo-scientists that have laid the foundation for Geryl’s off-the-wall ideas. Their work “inspired” Geryl. What you will find about Geryl is that little to none of his research comes from legitimate scientific journals, only crackpot failed ideas that were either dismissed from the start or have since been replaced by more credible science.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

What really happens during a Geomagnetic Reversal?

Theories concerning geomagnetic reversals have been circulating every media outlet playing to 2012 worriers and wonder-ers possible over the past few years. The name itself can be off-putting, but simply stated, a geomagnetic reversal is just that: the change of orientation (reversal) in Earth's magnetic field (geomagnetic) in regards to the magnetic north and south poles. I'm sure those of you either studying or worrying about Y2012 have wondered if we would or even could undergo a geomagnetic reversal during that time and if that reversal would cause the catastrophes the media has foretold (see the movie, 2012).
In short, the answer is no. The longer version, however, gets a bit more complex. Reversals traditionally happen every 300,000 years or so. We are now considered overdue since the last reversal was close to 780,000 years ago and is often referred to as the Brunhes-Matuyama reversal. It is not known exactly how long the reversal took, but geologists estimate the reversal took  between 1,200 and 10,000 years to complete the process.

Regardless of when, it is imperative that our focus remains on the "how" when trying to negate Doomsayers. These are the people who use a base of fact to allow their own far-fetched ideas to gather power through fear, and thus validation. In regards to geomagnetic reversal as a theory to cause the devastating results we have come to expect from the Media's 2012, the loudest voice of doom come from Patrick Geryl.

Patrick Geryl believes that a Geomagnetic Reversal is directly linked to a Rotational Pole Shift. Earth's magnetic field is formed by electrical currents that are generated by motions within the fluid outer core(1). Note that it's the liquid outer core not the solid inner core that produces magnetism. Geryl seems to think that magnetism is generated at the solid inner core.

According to Geryl, these geomagnetic reversals happen like clock-work. The last being 11,803 years ago and for Braden it was about 13,000 years ago. (3) This is obviously not the case since the last reversal was known to have happened closer to 800,000 years ago then 12,000. In addition, they are hardly cyclical as the doomsayers would like you to think.

Gregg Braden writes in his books that the "falling magnetic field" is directly linked to our consciousness. When the magnetic field is weaker, we are much more vulnerable to be "changed."(2) Both Braden and Geryl theorize that these reversals are much more common than mainstream science acknowledges.

The difference between Braden and Geryl is obvious. Geryl predicts complete and utter devastation and death. Braden's theory does not advocate the selling of fear. In the end, you do not need to fear Geomagnetic Reversals. There is no reason whatsoever to believe that they cause harm to life on Earth. There is also no reason to believe that the reversal will take place in our lifetimes. These reversals take time. When a geologist states that a magnetic reversal happens rapidly, you need to realize what rapidly means to a geologist. Thousands, tens of thousand, hundreds of thousands and even millions of years can mean rapidly for a geologist. Other than having to re-orient compasses and navigational devices, life will not be affected by a reversal.

(1) Rothery, D. (2008) Teach Yourself: Geology. London: The McGraw-Hills Company, Inc.

(2) Aveni, A.(2009)The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012. Boulder: University Press of  Colorado.

(3) Stray. G.(2009) Beyond 2012: Catastrophe or Awakening. Rochester: Bear & Company.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Basic Terms of 2012

haab- The Maya yearly cycle of 365 days. Leap years are not included.

Long Count- The largest base-20 calendar cycle used my Mesoamerican cultures including the Maya.

Precession of the Equinoxes- The 26,000 year cycle in which the Earth wobbles on its axis.

tzolkin- The 260 day calendar of the Maya. It is  created by the combination of 13 numerals and 20 day names.

Dresden Codex- pre-Columbian Maya text dating from the mid-eleventh century. Consists of startlingly accurate astronomical tables mainly centering on the movements of the moon and the planet, Venus. It consists of 74 pages written front and back by an estimated 8 different scribes, each with their own style, calligraphy and specialty.

Aztecs- Ethnic group in Meso-America that was prominent in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries before being conquered by the Spanish.

Maya- Meso-American civilization known for possessing the only fully developed written language of the pre-Colombian Americas. Maya territory extended throughout southern Mexico and Central America. The Maya were skilled mathematicians as well as astronomers. 

Olmecs- A pre-Colombian civilization that excelled during the Formative period. The Olmecs quite possibly invented the Long Count Calendar.

Solar Maximum- Period of higher activity within the solar cycle. We're currently in the beginning of Solar Maximum.

Rotational Pole Shift- idea that a rapid shift in the physical poles can occur causing massive earthquakes and tidal waves.

Geomagnetic Reversal-Change in the orientation of Earth's magnetic field. The last one occurred more than 700,000 years ago and there is no valid scientific evidence that such a reversal can harm life on earth.

More to come soon readers...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

About me

Hello Readers,

My name is Jason and I would like to invite you to read about the "End of the World" as we know it. At least according to the doomsayers that have made money off of the fear of others. This blog will be used to dispel they myths of the so-called impending doomsday predicted by the Maya. I hope you enjoy.