MAYA SCHOLAR: BLOWING UP THE BIBLE AND READING A FEW SCRAPS COMPARABLE TO HOW LITTLE SCIENTISTS KNOW OF THE ANCIENT MAYA
San Diego’s Dr. Mark Van Stone Says Lots Of Speculative Predictions Have Been Cast Upon The Maya, But They Do Not Include Current World Events
SAN DIEGO—In his new iPad® book, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, Maya scholar Dr. Mark Van Stone says knowledge of the ancient Mesoamerican civilization is so limited, it’d be comparable to “wrapping a grenade around the Bible and blowing it up and picking up three pieces of shrapnel bits” to try to explain the essence of Christianity.
“Archaeologists have dug up 1 percent of the Maya cities. There’s 99 percent of the information that’s still there available for us to find. Tons of information still to find out and we know just a smidgen,” Dr. Van Stone says in one of the 53 videos, encompassing nearly 130 minutes of video of himself and 14 other well-known Maya scholars contained in this technological work.
For this reason, Dr. Van Stone says there are many reasons to approach popular prophecies of the Maya critically. He also believes that many current world events, including the most recent protests in the Muslim world and last week’s eruption of Volcan del Fuego, also known as the Volcano of Fire, in Guatemala, are not evidence of fulfillment of Maya prophecy. Rather, these are merely coincidences—the kinds of events that will continue to happen in the 93 days remaining before the “end” of the Maya calendar.
“Junk scientists and new agers have made so many wild predictions about Dec. 21, 2012, that some of them are bound to happen, especially if these ‘predictions’ are non-specific. If I predict, ‘There will be genocide and hurricanes and trouble in the Middle East,’ one would be unwise to bet against me. Lots of things are going to happen between now and then. Lots have happened every year and will continue to happen. As for that volcano right smack in the middle of Maya country: its eruption is indeed impressive. But there is a reason they call it ‘Volcano of Fire.’ It is always smoking and sputtering, and it often erupts violently. We don’t have a single Maya inscription about volcanoes. We don’t even have the glyphs for the words volcano, eruption or lava, because they apparently never mentioned them,” Dr. Van Stone said.
In his book, now available on the iBookstore in a format exclusive to the iPad®, Dr. Van Stone addresses all the actual Maya predictions made for Dec. 21. It can be used to help educate the public as more, and more shrill, “prophecies” come out of the woodwork as we approach the 5,125-year “end” of the Maya calendar-cycle.
While some might try to argue that the evacuation of 6,500 Guatemalans, and the uprisings around US embassies abroad, could point to such predictions, “The evidence is just not there,” Dr. Van Stone said.
This 179-page work has 3-D animations, interactive maps and drawings, beautiful photographs, and two hours of video illustrations. It is the best tool to counter the exponentially-expanding fantasies of pseudo-scientists, dreamers, hallucinators and snake-oil salesmen looking to capitalize on the “end” of the Maya Calendar on Dec. 21 or 23, 2012. Dr. Van Stone points out that more scholars correlate the 220.127.116.11.0 “end of the Bak’tun” in the Maya Long Count Calendar to Dec. 23 or 24 than to the 21st.
Maya Scholar Dr. Mark Van Stone
“The 2012 Meme is a kind of concentration of fascinating projections upon the Maya. The Maya are a very interesting and “mysterious” people. They are a big blank to most people and so we project our fantasies upon them,” Van Stone said.
With degrees in physics and art history, Dr. Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, artist, and scholar of ancient writing.
Joined by 14 other Maya scholars in the book’s videos, Dr. Van Stone helps bring an understanding of this mysterious and brilliant people who lived in Mesoamerica from 1800 BC to the present.
The book can be purchased in English on the iBookstore®, in 32 countries, at http://mvs2012.com.
“This book expands the way an individual can learn on their own, at their own pace and to a level not previously possible,” said Dr. Van Stone. “I am proud and delighted to be part of a team that has set a high standard for this new kind of educational tool.”
The fascinating book opens with a video preview, featuring Dr. Van Stone and 12 other Maya scholars. The chapters that follow discuss the 2012 “meme,” Maya culture, the workings of their calendar, mathematics, astronomy, world-view, creativity and their hieroglyphs. A section on deciphering their hieroglyphs introduces the reader to how we know what we know about the writings of this ancient and noble culture.
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Dr. Mark Van Stone
With degrees in physics and art history, Professor Mark Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, and scholar of world paleography and hieroglyphic writing. He has worked as a musician, disk jockey, interviewer, laboratory technician, animator, type designer, author, lecturer, and archaeological illustrator. His beautifully-illustrated books on Maya hieroglyphs and culture bridge scholarly and popular genres. This Renaissance man is a gifted and entertaining lecturer, ably explicating arcane subjects for a wide audience. His new interactive book for the iPad, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, sets a new standard for popular cultural and science education.