A potent antidote to the apocalypse meme.
—Douglas Ruskoff, author of Life, Inc. and Program or Be Programmed
(PRWEB) December 18, 2012
Turns out the Mayans got a lot of things right: chocolate, corn tortillas, mathematics, irrigation and farming, the first calendar systems, writing systems, pottery and art, weaving, pyramids, palaces, and observatories. But they got this one things wrong: that the world will end this Friday.
"These days, in fact, an astonishing number of people believe that the world as we know it is about to end suddenly, giving way to a new world to which none of today’s certainties apply at all. The ones who are counting down the days to December 21, 2012, are following only one of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of belief systems that make much the same claim. Some expect the end of the world to arrive on some other date; others claim not to know the exact date but are convinced that it will happen sometime very soon. The logical conclusion is that the flurry of end-of-the-world predictions in circulation these days have little or nothing to do with the Mayan calendar’s Long Count, or any of the other justifications cited for them, and a great deal more to do with something else. That “something else” is the subject of this book. Its name is the apocalypse meme." —John Micheal Greer, Apocalypse Not
John Michael Greer will be on X-Zone Radio with Rob McConnell on December 21, 2012 to discuss the end of the world. Unknown Country did a review of the book highlighting John Michael Greer's main points about the role apocalypse "memes" play in society.
Everything You Know about 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong
by John Greer
New Agers count off the days until the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Evangelical Christians look for the Antichrist and long for the Rapture. Extropians dream of the Singularity, when super-intelligent computers will abolish all human limits to progress. Doomers stockpile freeze-dried food as they wait for civilization to crash and burn. Why are we waiting for Armageddon?
Almost since the beginning of civilization, an insatiable willingness to believe has driven people to dream of the apocalypse that will replace the world they've got with the one they've always wanted. All of these predictions have one thing in common: every one of them has been wrong.
From brilliant seers and religious visionaries to conspiracy theorists and fundamentalists, Apocalypse Not exposes prophecies of doom, including:
- The Biblical prophets whose successful predictions have been ignored for two thousand years
- The failed end time prophesies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton and other visionaries
- The tangled interconnections between end time beliefs and the UFO phenomenon
- The real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: it's not actually Mayan at all)
What people are saying about Apocalypse Not:
"This sweeping survey of apocalyptic thought is written with erudition and sprinkled with humor." —James Wasserman, author of The Temple of Solomon: From Ancient Israel to Secret Societies
"A riotous romp through the history of the human imagination. Reading this book will make you laugh at human folly and cry at its consequences." —Jeff Hoke, author of The Museum of Lost Wonder
About the Author:
JOHN MICHAEL GREER is the author of twenty-four books in the fields of alternative spirituality and future studies, including the award-winning The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, and Secrets of the Lost Symbol, which has been translated into eight languages. He is also the author of a popular weekly blog on the future, The Archdruid Report. Born and raised in Washington State, he now lives in Cumberland, Maryland, an old red brick mill town in the Appalachians, with his wife.