Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture is Wrong
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)
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"This sweeping survey of apocalyptic thought is written with erudition and sprinkled with humor." —James Wasserman, author of The Temple of Solomon: From Ancient Israel to Secret Societies
"A riotous romp through the history of the human imagination. Reading this book will make you laugh at human folly and cry at its consequences." —Jeff Hoke, author of The Museum of Lost Wonder
"A potent antidote to the apocalypse meme." —Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc. and Program or Be Programmed
JOHN MICHAEL GREER is the author of twenty-four books in the fields of alternative spirituality and future studies, including the award-winning The New Encyclopedia of the Occult; The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age (New Society, 2008); and Secrets of the Lost Symbol (Llewellyn, 2010), which has been translated into eight languages. He is also the author of a popular weekly blog on the future, The Archdruid Report (http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com). Born and raised in Washington State, he now lives in Cumberland, Maryland, an old red brick mill town in the Appalachians, with his wife Sara.