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Save the Date: End of the World in 2012?

November 12th, 2009
05:18 PM ET

London, England (CNN) - 2012, the latest offering from film director and master of disaster Roland Emmerich, opens in theaters this weekend.

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The film foretells the end of the world which according to the Maya calendar – used by the ancient Mesoamerican civilization – is going to happen on December 21, 2012.

The release of 2012 is fuelling fresh doomsday debate on the Internet. The Web site YouTube is hosting many “the end is nigh” videos from doom-mongers. Meanwhile, NASA has sought to calm those of a nervous disposition by posting a video on its Web site assuring them that they will live to see December 22, 2012.

Tonight on Connect the World we'll look at some of the disasters our planet has survived in the past - from the event which wiped out the dinosaurs, to the asteroid that exploded above Tunguska River valley Siberia in 1908. And we'll address the question: Is the Apocalypse coming in 2012?

We want to know what you think. Will 2012 be the end of the world as we know it?

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  1. Nana

    With the things we see in this world nowadays, abuse & exploitation of children, violence among one another (like the group of teens who set a teen on fire because he reported their crime to the police or the teens who beat Luis Ramirez to death), terrorists and their pointless massacres (like in TX last week), innocent bystanders getting killed because of stupid gangbangers, the greedy wall street jerks who pocket everything and force people out of retirement as a result of their greediness ...it probably would be best if the world, as we know it, ended on 2012. My God, WE ARE WORSE THAN ANIMALS and it seems like even though we were given the freedome to choose, we always make the dumbest decisions.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  2. Uwakwe Elijah

    No one when the end will be, everything are God's hand. I can remenber far back at 1999 wich they said would be the end but till date, i can see that the world is still in exstense for me, i disagree only God knows when the end will be.

    November 14, 2009 at 1:33 am | Reply
  3. frank

    Despite there being weird things happening all over the world I think the world doesn't end on that date. The scriptures say no one even Christ Himself now not of the hour or day of when this planet kaputs. But with all the signs its surely ending so guess we should all be prepared cz it might cme to an end now, 2moro or the day after. Lets live this day as our last...

    November 16, 2009 at 2:47 am | Reply
  4. Ria

    Animals kill for survival. Human beings sometimes kill with absolutely NO justified reason.

    November 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  5. Eugene Berkovich

    All the violence, the killings, the epidemies, the natural disasters, the wars, and the terror. None of it is new. We've had a lot of that. Sometimes even worse than now. We had survived thus far and there is no reason to believe we won't be around to see 2013.

    NOTHING dramatic will happen December 21, 2012.

    November 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  6. sherlock

    i guess we'll just cross our fingers...open our eyes, the signs are unfolding ( abrupt weather patterns, rising sea level, etc...) Apocalyptic? who know's. Some says watch for the 4 horse men...The Large Hydron Collider ( LHC ) search for GOD particle? I think were moving too fast...sooner LHC will be switched ON and there's no turning back..everything will change, theres no revert...who knows? the 4 horse men of the apocalypse are 1. GRAVITATION, 2. ELECTROMAGNETISM, 3. STRONG FORCE, 4. WEAK FORCE. these so called god particle. after LHC what will be next? anti matter? whew....meshing with technology is bad, bad for all of us. again, 2012? WHO KNOWS!

    November 17, 2009 at 4:02 am | Reply
  7. Eric

    Please. Don't make me laugh.

    Are we, intelligent, 21st century, educated adults supposed to believe in the end of the world because of a Mayan calendar?
    Do you really think that a catastrophe big enough to wipe out the whole planet wouldn't have been foreseen a long time ago by something a bit more reliable than witch-doctors praying to stars?
    Come on people.
    December 21 is just another day in the freaking calendar. Get it out of your systems.

    PS: Nana, what you say is true. But it's also the most ridiculous thinking i have ever heard. So we should all die because a few people are complete degenerates? You dazzle me with your brilliance.

    November 18, 2009 at 12:14 am | Reply
  8. Buddha

    According to Hindu mythology, the 10th avataar of the saviour lord Vishnu will appear at the end of the ongoing Kaliyuga and that will mark the end of human race. This doomsday, according to Hindu scriptures, is supposed to be atleast another 100000 years away. So, let's wait and watch, if we can actually read this comment on Demember 22, 2012.

    November 18, 2009 at 9:30 am | Reply
  9. sherlock

    Buddha, yes. i watched that also in the movie "Planet of the Apes" where a name of the sacred place was called "CALIMA" ( Caution: Live Animals ) hehehehe. Just kidding. Anyway, the only scenario that we should be worried about is just this one thing...a DIER scenario theoritically possible even NASA didn't debunk this event in there last press release. This 2012 is the start of SOLAR MAXIMUM where the anal hole of the sun's dark spot will be facing us ( earth ) compared to other events ( end of mayan calendar, planetary alignment, magnetic shift...etc) these are all product of the what i may say the greatest adventure of the human mind. This coronal mass ejections (CME's) did happen before and it will happen again. bet on it.

    November 19, 2009 at 1:45 am | Reply
  10. Pinoko

    What is really going to happen in December of 2012... and exactly how millions will be affected, and your world will be turned upside down... forever! Read more..


    December 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Reply

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