There is lots of kerfuffle surrounding the Mayan Calendar and the end of the world. Apparently it’s in December 21, 2012.
To make matters worse, some scientists are talking up magnetic pole drift and shift so the two families of thinkers are working in concert to create concern.
The magnetic pole drift thing is rather interesting. I remember when I was a kid in Saskatchewan seeing the Northern Lights. They were so bright and energetic they could light your way as you were walking. The first time I saw them I ran home in a mad panic that something had gone wrong with the planet. I was greeted by my calm dad who told me that’s ”just the norther lights and everything is normal”! It took me at least 15m to buy into the fact that nothing had gone wrong. I then got in contact with my friend Bernard up the road to show them my new discovery. The northern lights weren’t new, it’s just that me and my friends were getting old enough to stay out later.
Since then I’ve seen some of the most amazing shows.
But they’re gone now. Magnetic North has been migrating North for some time now and it’s much farther North now so the Northern Lights are headed to Siberia.
Scientists would like us to be concerned that the north pole could flip someday (which I don’t doubt). But they’re pushing the idea that it’s due to flip.
First of all, the magnetic pole moves in a chaotic pattern (which means that it’s unpredictable by the way). So there’s a bit of a conflict there with those two statements. I watched a documentary a while back with David Suzuki. They did s simulation of a magnetic pole in a machine which was basically a blender that whipped metal around in a container. The motion of the metal gave rise to a magnetic pole for the container. Because it was based on the kind of swirling that scientists think is at the core of earth, the model could tell us something about earth’s poles. In a nutshell the pole shifted around (and reversed occasionally). It was pretty chaotic as there was no apparent pattern. This pole shift dueness that scientists talk about concerns me a bit because if in fact the pole does move chaotically, then it’s just an example of dueness fallacy (you know when people think that if you haven’t rolled a 2 with a dice in a while they think the probability of it happening in each roll increases).
I think a better argument of a possible shift is strictly in the fact that the pole drift is moving rather rapidly. Not the argument that a reversal has not occurred in a while.
One way or the other, it’s possible that it could shift and there could be some impact.
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