Southwestern College Prof Doubles as Mayan Doomsday Expert

No doubt about it; the next three weeks are going to be a busy extra-curricular time for Dr. Mark Van Stone, a Maya expert, author and professor of art history at Chula Vista’s Southwestern College. As a go-to expert on the topic of the world possibly ending December 21, he is set to make a number of radio-TV appearances like this one Monday night for San Diego’s ABC-TV affiliate:

The key soundbyte from Van Stone in the report above is his reminder that the Roland Emmerich world view is based on anything but an accurate hieroglyphic read:

“It’s gotten so out of hand because we live in a world that loves the end of the world,” explained Van Stone. “The Maya did not predict an end to the world or the calendar on December 21st, 2012, but they did predict things would go on for thousands of years after 2012.”

Nevertheless, according to Natasha Zouves‘ piece, there are a confirmed 102 “preppers” in San Diego who believe there are only 17 days left until the Christmas tree getting torched.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.