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  • History has a long and rich tradition of apocalyptic predictionsall of which were wrongyet

    歷史上盛傳一堆關於世界末日的預言,目前為止都沒有實現

  • some people still think that this timeround in 2012 is the real deal.

    有些人還是相信這次2012的預言確有其事

  • Why 2012? Because of ancient Mayan calendars. Obviously.

    為什麼是 2012 呢? 是根據瑪雅人古老的曆法,很明顯就是這樣

  • Mayan calendars not only recorded the days and years, but also longer cycles of about

    瑪雅曆法不只記載著日期和年份,也有一個五千年左右的大循環週期,

  • 5 Millennia. So they could easily make calendars that went

    所以他們就可以輕易的做出

  • 1,000s of years into the future. But, of course, 1,000s of years in the future from 1,000s

    能夠表示千年以後的未來曆法,但是,想當然幾千年前的數千年以後

  • of years ago brings us to current times when the Mayan calendars stop in 2012.

    就把我們帶到了現代,而馬雅曆法的預測就停在2012年。

  • Modern new-agey people decided that the wise Mayans stopped making calendars because they

    現在新世代的人認定聰明的馬雅人是因為知道要世界末日,所以才會停止曆法

  • knew when the world would end. And because new agers are happythough

    不過這些新世代的人卻很樂觀,即便對科學一竅不通,2012年對他們來說

  • scientifically illiteratepeople their vision of 2012 was a great spiritual awakening

    是一種偉大又崇高的覺醒之際,且世界就要重生了,

  • or world reboot or other hippy-consciousness-expanding nonsense that the Mayans, who spent time puling

    又或者是其他嬉皮式的「意識超脫」之類的廢話,

  • strings of thorns through peoplestongue, probably didn’t have in mind.

    而馬雅人忙著自殘血祭,大概沒想過以上解讀的方式

  • To a normal person the thought that: calendar finishes therefore end of the world is an

    對一個正常的人來講:曆法結束就是世界末日,這個推論是很

  • odd conclusion to draw. After all, the amount of time in the Universe

    奇怪的,畢竟,宇宙中的時間是無限的,

  • is infinite and the amount of stone is limited. So, at some point the Mayans had to stop carving

    而石頭的數量有限,所以在某種程度上來說,馬雅人還是得停止刻

  • calendars. But never mind.

    曆法,不過沒有關係,

  • What should have stayed a fringe belief turned into mass hysteria with the 2012 disaster

    這原本只是一個極端偏激的信念,但隨著災難電影《2012》橫掃奧斯卡,

  • movie that swept the academy awards and the numerous emmy-nominated apocalypse documentaries

    以及《歷史頻道》多部獲艾美獎提名的天啟紀錄片渲染,

  • on

    就引發了

  • The History Channel. What happened to you guys?

    大眾恐慌,你們大家怎麼了?

  • Anyway. After this NASA became so inundated with questions that they had to take time

    無論如何,在這之後,NASA把原本應該花在做機器人、探索未開發的領域、汲取新知,

  • away from their busy robot building, frontier pushing, knowledge expanding, civilization

    還有促進文明進步的計畫的時間,全部都用來製作網頁,向大家解釋不會有人員傷亡,

  • inspiring schedule, to write a webpage explaining that no, a human-sacrificing, stone-age society

    也說明推著沒有輪子的推車、找不到鏡片來做望遠鏡的那種石器時代是不會發生的,

  • with neither wheels to pull carts nor glass to make telescopes, didn’t know more about

    比起現今的科學家,

  • science at the dawn of than real scientists do today.

    他們對科學的起源根本一無所知

  • But the parade of crazy marched on anyway making wilder and wilder predictions for Earth

    但不管怎麼說,這股預言的風潮反而越演越烈,

  • including Geomagnetic Reversal (a process that unfolds

    包括: 地磁逆轉(在地質年表上才會有的過程,不是一天就會發生的

  • on a geologic timescale, not a single day) A collision with mysterious Planet X (That

    不是一天就會發生的) 神祕的X星球撞上地球(沒有一個天文學家

  • no astronomers have found) A local star going supernova (Despite

    有發現這種事情) 本星系群的一顆恆星變成超新星

  • there being no such candidates) An Alien Invasion (Which is ludicrous

    (只是目前還沒有候選名單) 外星人入侵 (看起來是滿可笑的

  • on the face of itor is it?) And a galactic synchronization beam, whatever

    ...是嗎?) 還有銀河同步光波,

  • the hell that is. A sane person, at this point, would wonder

    管他是什麼,這樣看來,正常人都會覺得

  • how the Mayans were able to predict astro-physical anomalies thousands of years in advance and

    為什麼馬雅人有辦法預測未來幾千年的天文物理異象,而且還是離他們數百萬英里遠的地方

  • millions of miles away yet didn’t foresee the Spanish coming across the Atlantic.

    ,卻沒預料到西班牙人會橫越大西洋,

  • And that’s because the Mayans never predicted apocalypse. The only people to claim the Mayans

    而這就是因為馬雅人從來都沒有預測過會有大災難發生,只有那些宣稱世界末日是馬雅人才

  • knew about the end of the world were distinctly not Mayans.

    知道的人,很明顯他們又不是馬雅人。

History has a long and rich tradition of apocalyptic predictionsall of which were wrongyet

歷史上盛傳一堆關於世界末日的預言,目前為止都沒有實現

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