Are you ready for December 21st, 2012?

Like the Romantics in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, we are now living in apocalyptic end times as supposedly foretold in the Mayan calendar and biblical prophecy.  See the promotional YouTube video below for more information:

On the scientific dispute of these predictions, see the following video from NASA.  An online link to their article is provided in the sidebar, under “Online Resources.”

Question for class discussion: why are so many people today willing to believe in apocalyptic predictions that are historically inaccurate and unsubstantiated by science?  What drives modern cultures around the world and especially in the U.S. to believe in a coming apocalypse?

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~ by hgarcia13 on August 21, 2012.

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