Quo Vadis staffers are in the process of finalizing plans for 2012 editions and cover styles. But, will we need to discuss 2013? Maybe not, if the scenario of the movie 2012 comes true.
Roland Emmerich, the director of the mega-hit, Independence Day, and the eco-thriller, The Day After Tomorrow, brings his third crack at the apocalypse, this fall’s 2012.
See the movie trailer here.
December 21, 2012 is the day various sources throughout history predict the world will experience a massive cataclysm.
The Mayan Calendar – 2012 gained the patina of doom with the best-selling 1966 book, The Maya, by Harvard archaeologist Michael D. Coe. He noted that the Mayan culture’s famously complex “Long Count” calendar simply ends on 12/21/12, speculating that civilization might come crashing down on that date.
Galactic Alignment – Astrologers have also pointed out that during the winter solstice of 2012, the orbital planes of the solar system and the twelve zodiacal constellations will intersect with the “Dark Rift”–a black bit of the Milky Way located next to Sagittarius. Some argue this intersection is precisely why the Mayans–who were brilliant astronomers–ended their calendar when they did.
Timewave Zero – And then there’s counterculture thinker Terence McKenna, whose Timewave Zero theory–drawing off elements from the I-Ching, the teachings of philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, and modern fractal mathematics–determined that 12/21/12 is the exact date of a profound change in the world.
Pole Reversal – One theory that has some traction in the scientific community is that a solar flare will cause a sudden shift in the magnetic orientation of the earth’s poles, causing all kinds of planetary problems like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. NASA is predicting strong solar activity around 2012 and there’s evidence that the magnetic poles are slowly weakening, something that reportedly presages a reversal. (Of course, most scientists think this reversal will take centuries, not days, to occur.)
So how does Roland Emmerich end the world in his film? “Pole reversal,” he said in an interview this week. “All kinds of stuff going on. But it’s basically major earthquakes and volcano eruptions which kind of cause this global flood.”
“We found this obscure theory of ‘Earth crust displacement,’ written in the ’50s by someone called Professor Hapgood. Albert Einstein wrote the forward to his book. It pretty much says every X number of years the whole Earth’s crust shifts, all together. We thought that was a great underlying theory that can explain why there can be a flood.”
Emmerich was asked what is he going to do to prepare for the fated date.. He said, “I don’t believe that the world will come to an end in 2012, but it’s a great scenario.”