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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson debunks the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse by exploring (in tweets) the underlying science and lack of science literacy behind it. He made some great skeptical points, so I storified his tweets and moved them here.

  1. neiltyson
    Things you might say if you flunked Astro101: “The Mayans knew more about the universe than do modern-day scientists”
  2. neiltyson
    Things you might say if you flunked Astro101: “Planet Niburu is real and is headed toward Earth.”
  3. In other words, the following graphic is nonsense:
  4. neiltyson
    Things you might say if you flunked Astro101: “The world will end on December 21, 2012.”
  5. neiltyson
    Hard to take science cues from the Maya, who never discovered the wheel, and who sacrificed animals to satisfy gods.
  6. neiltyson
    Hard to take seriously predictions about the end of the world from the Maya, a culture that could not predict its own demise
  7. neiltyson
    Worried about “Solar Max”? It’s next year, not in 2012. Peaking every 11 years, this one is expected to be milder than most.
  8. neiltyson
    Worried about the alignment of Earth, the Sun, and the Galactic Center on Dec 21st? An “event” as common as your birthday.
  9. neiltyson
    On December 22, 2012, I wonder what next “end-of-world” hoax will join the list of failed predictions: bit.ly/uQn42D
  10. neiltyson
    Get Rich Quick: If you fail to convince your friends the world won’t end, then offer to relieve them of their needless wealth
  11. We know we are right because we did the research to justify it. It’s “badassitude”.
  12. neiltyson
    The world needs more “badassitude” — the state of knowing you’re right because you did the required research to justify it.