iPad 2 ~ Wi-Fi ~ 32 GB | MacBook Air 13-inch 4 GB RAM/128 GB | Apple TV (3rd Gen) | iPod Classic 80 GB | iPod Touch 32 GB (4th Gen)
The world isn't going to end December 21st.... -.-
Nasa proved it.
Don't worry, Ski. It won"t happen for a long time yet; more centuries, in fact, than you (or anyone else) can understand.
Ivy made a good point when she said that she had already survived more than half a dozen "ends of the world". For some reason, most prophets of doom see the end in their own lifetime. I wonder why. Too much responsibility, perhaps? Easier to let the space-faring aliens take over and run their miserable little lives for them?
The Mayans, as has been said already lived a long time ago, and made no claim that the world would end some time in 2012. Let's face it, they couldn't even see their own end coming at the hands of a few Spaniards. What intrigues me about the whole debate is the calm assurance from a few that somehow all knowledge is ancient, everything that is worth knowing has already been divined, centuries ago, and somehow lost, leaving no trace.
But let's explore this. There is no trace of electricity, computers, atomic energy, antigravity, or indeed much else that we take for granted, to say nothing of even greater technological feats in the societies that supposedly had these great secrets. The Mayans, Egyptians, ancient Chinese etc did not leave a trace of any deep understanding. Let's face it. The ground was pretty much undisturbed prior to the Industrial Revolution, literally. Since then, however, we have come on in leaps and bounds. In the space of a couple of centuries, we came from traveling no faster than a horse could manage to visiting the Moon and beyond. Computer science has reached capability that is considered ordinary, yet would have been unimaginable even to governments only a few decades ago.
And we have only just begun. We have technology at our fingertips that would have been considered magical a couple of centuries ago. Imagine showing Gutenberg or Caxton an iPad, or Leonardo da Vinci a Dodge Viper? How would you feel if someone said they wanted to inject a load of microscopic machines into your body through a hypodermic needle, that would spread throughout your body and repair it from within? Chances are, you'd run a mile to get away from such lunacy, but one day, that will be how medicine will work.
Arthur C Clarke, who I never tire of quoting, mentioned technology indistinguishable from magic, and he also said that the Noble Savage was always a myth. I believe him. We have nothing to fear from the Mayans, or any other gang of cave-dwelling, night-fearing, superstitious savages. We have a lot of life left in us yet.
Just another excuse for me to get drunk