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Physics Professor Says 2012 Not the End of the World as We Know It

(November 15, 2011)

BALTIMORE, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/11 -- Physicist Christopher Keating takes on doomsday prophesies and debunks them in his new book "Dialogues on 2012: Why the World Will Not End," (

Using science to bolster his arguments, the physics professor and former U.S. Navy intelligence officer methodically de-mystifies the events and beliefs that have triggered recent end-time predictions.

The world will not end with the end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012 any more than the comet Elenin wreaked havoc when it passed through our inner solar system in October, Keating writes.

The comet broke apart before passing near Earth.

The 2012 fraud has gotten so out of hand, NASA addresses it on its website (

Keating offers a few reasons why it's quite all right to plan for a wedding, or a baby, a year from now.

  • The "Mayan" calendar may not even be Mayan. Evidence suggests it was developed by the Olmecs hundreds or thousands of years before the rise of the Mayan civilization.

  • Despite their many cultural and technological accomplishments, the Mayans had no specially powers and were equally plagued by primitive beliefs and practices.

  • Among those who have advanced the notion of the Mayans predicting the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012 was the man behind the Harmonic Convergence, the planetary alignment supposedly behind the fall of Communism and the Berlin Wall. That alignment, Keating notes, never actually occurred.

"As we move closer to December 2012, the one prediction I will confidently make is there will be tremendous hype and hand-wringing about the end of the world," Keating says. "They are actually very funny, if there weren't so many people in danger of taking it seriously.

About Christopher Keating

Dr. Christopher Keating is a professor of physics with 20 years of experience conducting peer-reviewed research in space physics, most recently at the U.S. Naval Academy. He served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve working principally as an analyst in naval intelligence.

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