The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Leading the 2012 skeptics

Nice summary piece about the guy who is prominent in snarking at the loonies who believe something more than usually important will happen in 2012, based on so-called Maya traditions. Short of a Republican victory in the Presidential election, don't look for any special cosmic events, since in this guy's thesis, the whole 2012 thing was a syncretic mashup of European mysticism and mis-understood conversations with Central American native religious figures.

Read it yourself; I particularly liked this bit:

"End-of-the-world and transformative beliefs are found in many ancient cultures but have been a fundamental part of modern times since 1499, Hoopes point out. They are also fundamentally American, he adds.

"The United States has always embraced religious freedom. Peculiar religious sects, including occult beliefs, have always been part of America," he says."

I hadn't actually thought of it that way; not too far back, the central orthodoxy would have just persecuted these people out of town. Now, does that mean we're progressing or not?

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