UALR Professor, Dr. Terry Richard, doubts doomsday is coming

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For some, doomsday is fast approaching.  But, Dr. Terry Richard, a UALR professor who teaches sociology and anthropology and studied the ancient Mayan civilization, said Dec. 21, 2012 will be like any other day.

    "It's not unusual-these types of scenarios where individuals think they can divine when the end of the world is going to come," said Dr. Richard. He added that while the Mayan calendar is mystifying, it's nothing to panic about.

    "The reality is this thing with the Mayan End of the World on Dec. 21 has already been disproven by most experts in the Mayan language [saying] there's nothing really in there," he explained.

    Dec. 21, 2012 is said to be when Mayan astronomers predicted the apocalypse, but Richard said it's more our society creating delusional beliefs and trying to make them reality.

    "Individuals just really grasp on to these particular beliefs, and it becomes a reality to them," he said. "In fact, we call it the social construction of reality. In many cases their reality is constructed, and it doesn't matter if it's true."

    With all of the being said, Richard told THV 11 News how advanced the Mayans were in science and architecture is true.

    "They did some things that were outstandingly ahead of their times--such as their calendar. The Mayan Calendar was remarkably accurate considering they didn't have the astronomical tools that we have. So, it is, it kind of adds to this air of perhaps they knew something that we didn't," he said.

    If you needed more reassurance that the world will not end tomorrow, experts say the Mayan Calendar did not account for leap years, and Dec. 21 may not coincide with our calendar dates.

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