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James Joyce


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Caitlin R. Kiernan


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George R. R. Martin


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2012: Science or Superstition? 

The book of this title, 2012 Science or Superstition, by Alexandra Bruce, published in 2009, provides a useful tour of the claims that have been made regarding the end of the Maya Long Count on 21 December 2012. Bruce affects a scientific demeanour, which is good, given that this topic attracts so many crazies. However, Bruce is not a scientist, and her book is chock full of errors. She expresses sympathy for woo woo ideas like global crust displacement and a binary star. But then she argues that the Maya were not aware of the Milky Way, even though it is one of the most obvious and universally seen things in the sky.

In assessing Mayan cosmology, we have to try to put ourselves in their position. All high ancient cultures revered astronomy as a guide to the calendar, and as a river of time that provides the context for human evolution. The Egyptian axiom 'as above so below' suggests that the evolution of the cosmos is matched by the evolution of the earth, because the earth is part of the cosmos. It seems probable that the Mayans shared this Egyptian axiom.

Bruce impugns the observation by John Major Jenkins that the Maya were aware that the solstice will cross the Milky Way in 2012. In fact, this is one of the simplest observations deriving from ancient observation of precession of the equinox. The Mayans watched the stars carefully for thousands of years, and like the Egyptians and Babylonians, saw  ...Read More...

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Science Was Born of Christianity - by Stacy TrasancosThe Happiness Hypothesis - by Jonathan HaidtA Game of Thrones - by George R. R. MartinTempesta's Dream - by Vincent LoCocoWhy Nations Fail - by Daron Acemoglu and James RobinsonThe Drowning Girl - Caitlin R. KiernanThe Consolations of the Forest - by Sylvain TessonThe Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion: The Mormons - by David FitzgeraldA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - by James JoyceThe Divine Comedy - by Dante AlighieriThe Magic of Reality - by Richard DawkinsDubliners - by James JoyceMy Name Is Red - by Orhan PamukThe World Until Yesterday - by Jared DiamondThe Man Who Was Thursday - by by G. K. ChestertonThe Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven PinkerLord Jim by Joseph ConradThe Hobbit by J. R. R. 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Le GuinThe Genius of the Beast by Howard BloomAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Empire of Illusion by Chris HedgesThe Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner The Extended Phenotype by Richard DawkinsSmoke and Mirrors by Neil GaimanThe Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsWhen Good Thinking Goes Bad by Todd C. RinioloHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiAmerican Gods: A Novel by Neil GaimanPrimates and Philosophers by Frans de WaalThe Enormous Room by E.E. 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