The Update on 2012 continues...

Update2012.com was founded in early 2009 by John Major Jenkins, who since the 1980s has defined and debated key issues on the question of reconstructing what the ancient Maya believed about 2012. He is the author of articles, peer-reviewed papers and presentations, and three much cited pioneering books on 2012: The 2012 Story (Tarcher/Penguin, 2009), Galactic Alignment (Inner Traditions, 2002), and his magum opus Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (Bear & Co., 1998). His first encounter with the 13-Baktun cycle-ending of the Maya Long Count was in 1976.

Update2012.com began with the intention of reviewing and critiquing news reports, academic and popular publications, and media treatments of 2012. The monthly updates for the year 2009 (in the left pane) reflect this multi-pronged approach. After 2009 it was clear that the media and pop-culture distortions of 2012 were going to accelerate along predictable lines of undiscerning stupidity, often falsely framing 2012 as a “hoax”, so Jenkins focused his efforts on what was starting to be produced by professional scholars (Mayanists, astronomers, and anthropologists among other) on the subject. The updates in the left pane are monthly through 2009; thereafter, yearly overviews are provided for 2010 - 2013.

Two access points are provided in the top window, where the various internal pages of this site are organized for easy access to the reader. The "Response to Critics" is organized by the scholar's or scientist's name, with specific reference to their critiques of Jenkins's work. The "Overview and Conclusion" link provides a brief overview of academic attitudes toward 2012, well documented on this website, and a conclusion.

Latest News:

August 1, 2014. Publication of my peer-reviewed paper, “The Coining of the Realm (of the 2012 Phenomenon)”, in Zeitschrift für Anomalistik (14), January 2014, Nr. 1, pp. 53-62. I critiqued and corrected errors in the essay by Kevin Whitesides and John Hoopes titled “Seventies Dreams and 21st Century Realities”, and they offered their invited response. My summary of the exchange with my responses to the various shenanigans are here:

"Deceptive Scholars Refuse to Correct Factual Errors in Their Peer-Reviewed Study." The support files cited in this essay are here:

"Scholarly Dreams and Factual Realities: Exposing Academic Tactics of Mitigation in the Critique of the 2012 Phenomenon."

"Mayanism: An Ideological Prison Invented by John Hoopes."

"Truth Deniers: How Scholars Exploit the Internet and Avoid Dialogue." (Exchanges on the "2012 Research Discussion Group" on Facebook)

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See also the Web sites: The Center for 2012 Studies and Alignment2012.com

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