Saturday, November 28, 2015   |   3,284 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in
Unexplained Mysteries is always on the look out for new article writers and contributors. If you've written articles, reviews, news stories or other material that you would like published for free on the site then we want to hear from you - Click here for details.
  Columnist: Unexplained Mysteries

Image credit: Mary D. Jones

In review: 2013

Posted on Wednesday, 3 September, 2008 | 15 comments
Columnist: Unexplained Mysteries

As the year 2012 approaches many people await it with a certain degree of trepidation. Some believe it will hail a new age of enlightenment for mankind, some that it will signify the beginning of the end of the world and some that the date actually holds no special significance at all. So what can we expect to happen in 2012 ? In her new book '2013: Envisioning the world after the events of 2012", Marie D. Jones explores the possibilities.

This book is somewhat different to a lot of similar books out there in that it doesn't serve as an exercise in fear mongering about an apocalyptic future that nobody can escape, what it does do for the most part is take a realistic look using known political, medical, technological and environmental factors at what the world might be like in the coming years. While many of these scenarios don't specifically relate to the year 2012 the author does focus on that date throughout the book and covers its significance both historically and in the present, including when and by whom it was determined.

Early in the book the author introduces us to the 2012 concept and looks at where it originated. Interpretations of the apocalypse and the religious and metaphysical aspects of the phenomenon are also explored here. Following this she moves on to the first of several chapters detailing possible scenarios for the future and what could happen as 2012 approaches and beyond.

Global warming, the melting of the ice caps and the consequences for mankind of these and other environmental issues are covered, as are undersea methane releases, solar radiation from space, super volcanoes and asteroid impacts. Subsequent chapters cover future concerns over everything from overpopulation, water shortages, running out of natural resources, animal extinctions and diseases to political factors such as global power shifts and terrorism.

Also mentioned are a lot of the advantages the future may bring in technology and medicine. Covered are possible new treatments for cancer, aids and other incurable diseases as well as bionics, computer technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and space flight. It's a nice change to read a book where the positives are also included.

'2013' is a book that should appeal to anyone curious about the 2012 phenomenon and about the future, it covers a wide range of possibilities and paints a picture of a future in which anything could happen, good or bad. What will actually transpire as the calendar changes to 2012 however, if anything, is a mystery that we will have to wait another few years to find out.

Article Copyright© Unexplained Mysteries - reproduced with permission.

  Other articles by Unexplained Mysteries

Interview: Erling Strand
Columnist: Unexplained Mysteries | Posted on 6-6-2011 | 0 comments
UM forum regular "The L" recently secured an interview with teacher and researcher Erling Strand who heads a long-running project aimed at investigating the mys...

10 years of UM: Staff Q & A
Columnist: Unexplained Mysteries | Posted on 3-2-2011 | 190 comments
As part of our celebration of Unexplained Mysteries' 10th anniversary we gave visitors the chance to pose to the UM staff any questions at all they'd like to as...

10 years of UM: Past site designs
Columnist: Unexplained Mysteries | Posted on 3-2-2011 | 54 comments
As of today (March 2nd 2011) it has been exactly 10 years since was founded, that's an entire decade of news stories, forum discussion...

Eyes of the Mothman
Columnist: Unexplained Mysteries | Posted on 2-20-2011 | 7 comments
November 15th 1966 - four young adults traveling through the West Virginia backwoods of an abandoned TNT Plant, come across something, unnatural... The headligh...

Interview: Massimo Teodorani
Columnist: Unexplained Mysteries | Posted on 2-8-2011 | 1 comment
The Hassdalen Lights are an unexplained phenomenon involving mysterious light anomalies observed over the valley of Hassdalen in Norway, sightings have occured ...

   View: More articles from this columnist ( 23 total )

Last updated forum topics
Forum icon 
Articles by other columnists
An interview with Eddie Munster
Posted 11-24-2015 | 0 comments
Paul Dale Roberts chats to 'The Munsters' actor Butch Patrick.
Who’s following me?
Posted 11-16-2015 | 1 comment
Helen Mihalopoulos recalls an encounter with a deceased loved one.
America's Strange and Supernatural History
Posted 11-7-2015 | 0 comments
A look at unusual events from America's past.
Story-telling heals and inspires
Posted 10-31-2015 | 0 comments
Kathleen Meadows explores the ancient art of telling engaging stories.
The trouble with the Jersey Devil
Posted 10-20-2015 | 0 comments
Matt Forde investigates the origins of the Jersey Devil legend.
Whimsical Wisconsin
Posted 10-12-2015 | 2 comments
Tobias Wayland takes a look at the 'little people' legends of Wisconsin.
The Bell Witch
Posted 10-4-2015 | 6 comments
Sean Casteel takes a detailed look at the history and events surrounding the Bell Witch case.
The credible Tarot
Posted 9-17-2015 | 83 comments
Kathleen Meadows dispels some common misconceptions about Tarot cards.

 View: View more column articles
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ