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Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong

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For almost 3,000 years apocalypse prophecies have convinced people all over the world that the future is about to give them the world they want instead of the world they’ve got. All the end time prophecies splashed across the media in every age have had something else in common: every one of them has been wrong. Apocalypse Not is a lively and engaging survey of predictions ...more
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Published September 6th 2011 by Viva Editions
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Lynne Cantwell
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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What a terrific book! John Michael Greer traces our fascination with The End Times to the beginnings of monotheism, and shows that in almost every case, Doomsday predictions have been wrong. Except in one -- the Book of Revelations -- which Greer says was one of the few correct prophecies on record. Revelations was written by guy named John, who had a strange and terrifying vision one Sunday about the end of civilization as he knew it:

The astonishing detail is that he was right. The Roman Empir
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
His basic thesis is that ideas/memes have a mind of their own; they're like viruses and as such continue to multiply across time/throughout history and that's why we have so many apocalypse stories nowadays. But I don't think he met his criteria. He didn't show me why we should see it this way. The evidence just didn't convince me. He should have made it a bit longer and provided a lot more notes and information. An interesting theory, one I'd like to explore more, but one he didn't provide much ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Had I known that this was written by a druid and published by a company out of liberal Berkeley, CA, I might not have bothered with this book. The writer scathingly suggests that anyone who believes in an end times scenario is a kook, including believers of mainstream Christianity. This is frankly a bit insulting, mainly because mainstream Christianity differs from all the other examples he cites in that the date of the end of the world isn't actually known. If he read the Gospels properly, he w ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A lot of people are, once again, expecting the end of the world. This time, the end is supposed to come on December 21, 2012. How many times over the last thirty years has the end been predicted? At some point, you have to start wondering why we keep believing these fear scenarios.

Apocalypse Not is a refreshing and extremely interesting read. The book looks beneath these doomsday prophecies to the root. At the foundation is a meme (a thought construct) transmitted from one person to another. It
Claire Grasse
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Greer traces the development of the apocalyptic meme throughout Earth's history from Zarathustra's Zoroastrians, to the modern day Evangelical Rapture fever, to the end of the 2012 Mayan calendar and what it DOESN'T mean for the planet.

Written with a supersized dash of snark, this book moves quickly in the beginning but bogs down painfully in the middle. And while Greer's arguments are interesting, I'm not sure how many of them would stand up to close scrutiny.

Still a worthwhile read, especial
Leo Knight
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very informative source on the origins of the end-of-the-world myth, and its various permutations through history. Originally published in 2011, when the faux-Mayan 2012 end prophecy was in vogue, this book still has relevance today. Since the first recorded end times prophet, Zarathustra, expounded his vision of the final battle between good and evil, the notion that tomorrow might never come has cropped up over and over again, and caused a great deal of bloodshed. No matter how many times th ...more
Travis Smith
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I've been interested in the way people think of the end of the world for a long time. This is a great book thats goes through time and shows the reader all the failed attempts at predicting the end of the world. It leads up to the day most people now know as "the day the Mayans predicted to be the end of the world 12/21/12" and shows how that myth was started and what the Mayans really thought about that date. It was a great book with lots of history that was a little dry in parts but an overral ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Highly entertaining overview of various apocalyptic trends and how the whole idea of apocalypse came to influence people. Wow. We humans are a funny lot.
George Ashmore
Dec 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
Waiting to see this come out--nice to see some reasonable,calm minds talk about why people hope for my world & life to be destroyed (and smile about it).
May 14, 2012 added it
Excellent overview of the history of apocalyptic mythology
Stanley Radtke
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good read - not to much new ground broken here, but a firm rebuke to the end-of-timers.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I guess I was expecting funny, and not a serious discussion of the spread of the "meme" of world's end. Still, this is an interesting book.
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John Michael Greer is an author of over thirty books and the blogger behind The Archdruid Report. He also serves as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. His work addresses a range of subjects, including climate change, peak oil and the future of industrial society. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife.
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