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A scientific bulwark against doomsday hysteria

By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News Modified: December 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm •  Published: December 16, 2012

Swirling with lunacy and paranoia, the theories warn of mayhem and cataclysm. They fill books and websites, inspiring hand-wringing among gullible people. The claim: The world is ending on Friday, the final chapter in an ancient Mayan prophecy carved into stone calendars thousands of years ago.

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