Intrigued by the ancient mysticism of the Mayan civilization, their culture and advanced technology?
Frightened by the increasing prophecies of doom and the end of time as told by their Mayan Calendar?
Then join Dr. P. Clay Sherrod (Doc Clay) who once again visits Pensacola State College for:
"Mayan Madness - The End of Days"
On Friday, October 5, and 7:00 p.m. in Room 2142 (adjacent to the PSC Planetarium) for a captivating and mind-stimulating lecture about this ancient time-keeper and what the Mayan Priests and engineers had in mind when they constructed the calendar to " run out" on the Winter Solstice 2012.
As December 21 approaches, fanatics and cults worldwide are preparing for "the end of the world" based on what they conceive as prophecies told by the complicated calendar mechanism which keeps time up to 5,125 days stopping on the Winter Solstice this year. Some have suggested - and enormous cults have evolved because of - the lack of days past December 21, 2012 implies that the Mayan High Priests knew of the end of the world in this year.
Cult following for such astronomical oddities is nothing new and certainly nothing to be taken lightly. In 1997, for example, the famous "Hale Bopp" mass suicide took place from followers of The Heavens' Gate, a cult established because they believed alien spacecraft were following in the wake of then-approaching Comet Hale Bopp. All followers were found dead from a simultaneous suicide plot prior to the "arrival" of the aliens they believed were hidden and masked in the gaseous tail of the comet.
This provocative presentation features dramatic graphics to explain the Mayan civilization and its expanse 3000 years ago, the workings of the famous Mayan Calendar, and exposes the TWELVE prophecies that are supposedly "forecast" that are concerning to millions of people today. Each of these prophecies will be explored in depth and each will be shown for its accuracy (or lack of) and influence as we approach the Winter Solstice, the longest night of 2012.
Many never-seen-before concepts and explanations for the calendar will be revealed during this presentation for all ages. You will definitely leave with a new understanding of the Mayan Calendar and its reputation for doom, and with a new understanding of the ease at which science can be misrepresented.
Dr. Sherrod has been an educator and researcher in the past five decades in Earth and physical sciences, astronomy and archeology and presently operates the private Arkansas Sky Observatories, a major contributor worldwide in the sciences of solar system objects. His contributions to amateur astronomers and aspiring students is well known throughout the world.
This major one-time presentation is jointly hosted by Pensacola State College and the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association (EAAA); Dr. Sherrod has generously provided lectures every year for the past decade to the public of Pensacola. There is NO charge for participating in this eye-opening experience and seating will be limited to the capacity of the lecture hall.