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Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know about 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong

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Three Thousand Years of End of Times (That Never Happened)

New Agers count off the days until the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Evangelical Christians look for the Antichrist and long for the Rapture. Extropians dream of the Singularity, when super-intelligent computers will abolish all human limits to progress. Doomers stockpile freeze-dried food as they wait for civilization to crash and burn. Why are we waiting for Armageddon?

Almost since the beginning of civilization, an insatiable willingness to believe has driven people to dream of the apocalypse that will replace the world they've got with the one they've always wanted. All of these predictions have one thing in common: every one of them has been wrong.

From brilliant seers and religious visionaries to conspiracy theorists and fundamentalists, Apocalypse Not exposes prophecies of doom, including:

•The Biblical prophets whose successful predictions have been ignored for two thousand years

•The failed end time prophesies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton and other visionaries

•The tangled interconnections between end time beliefs and the UFO phenomenon

•The real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: it's not actually Mayan at all)

Synopsis:

New Agers counting off the days until the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Evangelical Christians longing for the Rapture. Extropians dreaming of the Singularity, when computers will surpass human intelligence and technology will transcend all limits. Doomers stockpiling freeze-dried food as they wait for civilization to crash and burn around them. What do they have in common? They all believe that the annoyingly ordinary and unexciting world around them is about to undergo a sudden transformation into a future that just happens to include all their fondest fantasies.

Theyre not alone. For almost three thousand years, the meme of apocalypse has convinced people all over the world that the future is about to give them the world they want instead of the world theyve got. The results have covered every inch of the range from high comedy to stark tragedy, for all the hundreds of end time prophecies splashed across the media in every age from the time of clay tablets to that of the internet have had something else in common: every one of them has been wrong.

Apocalypse Not: A History of the End of Times is a lively and engaging survey of three millennia of apocalyptic prophecies and the failed dreams and nightmares that have clustered around them. From the origins of the apocalyptic dream in the visions of an ancient Persian prophet straight through to the latest pronouncements of approaching Utopia or imminent doom on the Internet, Apocalpyse Not traces one of the most remarkable threads of our species cultural history and, in the process, casts a wry light on one part of what it means to be human.

Among the stories highlighted in Apocalypse Not are:

The birth of the apocalypse meme out of archaic star myths in the ancient Middle East;

The Biblical prophets whose successful predictions have been ignored for two thousand years;

The failed end time prophecies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton, and other famous prophets

The long and murky road from the Great Pyramid to todays Rapture beliefs;

The central place of Bible prophecies in the life of the worlds most notorious Satanist;

The tangled interconnections between end time beliefs and the UFO phenomenon;

The modern religious group that believes that the world actually ended in 1914;

The real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: its not originally Mayan at all);

And much more.

A lighthearted look at what has sometimes been a deadly serious phenomenon, Apocalypse Not is written for a general audience, and will appeal to an extensive readership as the current fascination with the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 reaches its peak and inevitable disappointment. The manuscript will total some 60,000 words, and will be delivered one year after the signing of the contract.


Synopsis:

For almost 3,000 years apocalypse prophecies have convinced people all over the world that the future is about to give them the world they want instead of the world theyve got. All the end time prophecies splashed across the media in every age have had something else in common: every one of them has been wrong. Apocalypse Not is a lively and engaging survey of predictions about the end of the world, along with the failed dreams and nightmares that have clustered around them. Among the stories highlighted in Apocalypse Not are: the birth of the apocalypse meme out of archaic star myths in the ancient Middle East; the failed end time prophecies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton, and other famous prophets; the long and murky road from the Great Pyramid to todays Rapture beliefs; and the real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: its not originally Mayan at all).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781936740000
Author:
Greer, John
Publisher:
Viva Editions
Author:
Greer, John Michael
Subject:
Prophecy
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
New Agers counting off the days until the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Evangelical Christians longing for the Rapture. Extropians dreaming of the Singularity, when computers will surpass human intelligence and technology will transcend all limits. Doomers stockpiling freeze-dried food as they wait for civilization to crash and burn around them. What do they have in common? They all believe that the annoyingly ordinary and unexciting world around them is about to undergo a sudden transformation into a future that just happens to include all their fondest fantasies.

Theyre not alone. For almost three thousand years, the meme of apocalypse has convinced people all over the world that the future is about to give them the world they want instead of the world theyve got. The results have covered every inch of the range from high comedy to stark tragedy, for all the hundreds of end time prophecies splashed across the media in every age from the time of clay tablets to that of the internet have had something else in common: every one of them has been wrong.

Apocalypse Not: A History of the End of Times is a lively and engaging survey of three millennia of apocalyptic prophecies and the failed dreams and nightmares that have clustered around them. From the origins of the apocalyptic dream in the visions of an ancient Persian prophet straight through to the latest pronouncements of approaching Utopia or imminent doom on the Internet, Apocalpyse Not traces one of the most remarkable threads of our species cultural history and, in the process, casts a wry light on one part of what it means to be human.

Among the stories highlighted in Apocalypse Not are:

The birth of the apocalypse meme out of archaic star myths in the ancient Middle East;

The Biblical prophets whose successful predictions have been ignored for two thousand years;

The failed end time prophecies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton, and other famous prophets

The long and murky road from the Great Pyramid to todays Rapture beliefs;

The central place of Bible prophecies in the life of the worlds most notorious Satanist;

The tangled interconnections between end time beliefs and the UFO phenomenon;

The modern religious group that believes that the world actually ended in 1914;

The real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: its not originally Mayan at all);

And much more.

A lighthearted look at what has sometimes been a deadly serious phenomenon, Apocalypse Not is written for a general audience, and will appeal to an extensive readership as the current fascination with the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 reaches its peak and inevitable disappointment. The manuscript will total some 60,000 words, and will be delivered one year after the signing of the contract.


"Synopsis" by ,
For almost 3,000 years apocalypse prophecies have convinced people all over the world that the future is about to give them the world they want instead of the world theyve got. All the end time prophecies splashed across the media in every age have had something else in common: every one of them has been wrong. Apocalypse Not is a lively and engaging survey of predictions about the end of the world, along with the failed dreams and nightmares that have clustered around them. Among the stories highlighted in Apocalypse Not are: the birth of the apocalypse meme out of archaic star myths in the ancient Middle East; the failed end time prophecies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton, and other famous prophets; the long and murky road from the Great Pyramid to todays Rapture beliefs; and the real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: its not originally Mayan at all).
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