Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
It's a year that many have prophesized will bring a catastrophic end to life as we know it. Whatever is in store a massive cosmic collision, a global environmental disaster, an Armageddon-like religious showdown, or a more... more »
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Bob N. from CORINNE, UT
Reviewed on 12/10/2012...
LOOKS AT NOSTRADAMUS PREDICTIONS ABOUT DEC 21 2012 AND THE POSSIBILITY OF THE WORLD ENDING ON THAT DATE..
Great Production Value But Very Misleading
Hagbard Celine | New York, NY | 06/30/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this when it aired on History Channel in January. It looks great - you can see where they spent your cable subscription and ad dollars - and they interviewed some interesting people, many of who certainly deserve to be heard ... but then the producers use narration and fast cut editing to prevent them from expressing themselves accurately!
The experts are denied the chance to really go into any depth and the editor chose soundbites that are as sensational as possible. These people have much more to say and they say it fully and clearly in "2012: Science or Superstition" (recommended alternative or supplemental viewing).2012: Science Or Superstition"
Scary but important stuff . . . definitely controversial
Charles J. Garard Jr. PhD | Liaocheng University, China | 09/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow. That this is a scary film is undeniable. To say that is is compelling and worthy of our attention is an understatement.
Maybe people have their doubts about the predictions of Nostradamus, and this is understandable. I mean, how many of us really want to entertain the belief that the world, at least as we know it, is coming to an end in 2012? We would rather put our heads in the sand and tell ourselves that it could never happen -- at least in our lifetime. If we are in doubt about this particular prediction, we should examine the quatrains that he wrote predicting other world events. If none of them have occurred, then perhaps we can cease worrying. As Sherlock Holmes would say, let's look at the facts. Of course, we might also argue that his quatrains are so obscure at to be open to numerous interpretations, as are the many signs around the world which are subject to being decoded according to separate perspectives. Did he, as some have claimed, predict 9-11? Did he predict Hurricane Katrina and global warming?
As this film points out, however, we cannot put all of this into the lap of the famous seer who lived at a time when making such predictions could put one in danger of being burned at the stake as a heretic. One did not then go against the beliefs and teachings of the Church. The Lollards, for example, often were burned at the stake like William Tyndale for merely wanting a version of the Holy Word in English instead of Latin. The Church in Rome opposed this because they feared a loss of control over the semi-educated masses in England. This film, to its credit, draws our attention not only to Nostradamus and to The Revelations of St. John in the Bible but to other prophecies that have been made since early times by the underrated star-gazing Mayans, the Egyptians, and the Hopis as well.
Many people will have their own opinions about this program, so it is unlikely that anything I write will change their personal views. Some find it funny; some believe it is inaccurate. Many may even think it is foolish to look around to see what we are doing to our own planet. They will dismiss this, perhaps, as easily as they dismiss such films as THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, based on Whitley Streiber's and Art Bell's book THE COMING SUPERSTORM, as being only fiction.
As my brother stated, this planet is a living entity and will, he believes, protect itself, even if it means disgorging itself of the beings that are inhabiting it and abusing it. My own suggestion would be to examine other books and DVDs on this topic now available through Amazon and to arrive at your own conclusions. If you can find a place to hide from our transgressions, then do so. Book a ticket to a flight away from here, or hope that some friendly aliens will rescue some of us, as is shown in the fictional film KNOWING. Some experts, if we wish to call them such, believe that this world will indeed undergo some dramatic changes, but that not all of us will necessarily perish. What we supposedly will see will be a new world, maybe one -- if the optimists are correct -- that will be occupied by people who don't feel the need to destroy each other and the very planet that has supported us for eons.
If I have any complaints about this program, it would be that it lacks subtitles. Because I teach students whose first language is not English, it is a small detriment. That said, I cannot help but wonder how many teachers would actually show this program to their students. I wonder if do so would put them in jeopardy with school boards and administrators, even at colleges. Might they be treated to a modern version of being burned at the stake -- i.e., terminated -- their teaching contracts, I mean?"
What a huge rip-off!
classic buff | LA, CA USA | 03/19/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is a complete rip-off! I bought this thing only to find that right at the beginning, the author makes his one-and-only connection between Nostradamus and the Maya calendar, and it is wrong! He says that in a newly found group of drawings by Nostradamus there is one that shows a picture of the sun along with a lion. This, he says, links the sun with the constellation Leo. Since Leo lies in the direction of the center of the galaxy, this links Nostradamus with the Maya calendar because the calendar ends in 2012 when the sun, at the equinox, is in line with the center of the galaxy.
This is wonderful, except that the center of the galaxy is in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius! Sagittarius is a constellation of the Zodiac, but it is nowhere near Leo! The author says the Maya calendar follows the cycle of the precession of the earth's spin axis, which is about 26,000 years. This is wonderful, except that the Maya calendar has a period of 5125 years! 2012 is merely the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next, it does not say that the world is going to end. Nothing in the Maya culture predicts disaster at the end of the calendar cycle. This is like saying that we should expect doom at the end of every year instead of celebrating New Year's Eve!
There is nothing, anywhere in the book or the DVD that links the Maya calendar with anything that Nostradamus ever wrote! If he wants to write a book about Nostradamus, let him write a book about Nostradamus. Oh, that's right, he already did that! If you want to waste your money, go ahead, but don't do it on this piece of rehashed junk!"