Believe it or not, this morning I did a brief phone interview for our local radio station about this.
I'm not sure how helpful I was, because I don't know all that much about the 2012 phenomenon in particular. But I was able to say some anodyne things about fringe beliefs and apocalypticism in general.
Plus, I was able to point out that this is not the first time that the Mayan Calendar has prompted wild speculation. Back in the 1970s, when ancient astronauts were all the rage (along with the Bermuda Triangle), Allen and Sally Landsburg produced a book and a movie, The Outer Space Connection
, in which they argued that the ancestors of the Maya had come from outer space, and would be returning to Earth on the day the Mayan Calendar turned over.
The problem was--I mean, aside from the problem of being batshit crazy--they got the date wrong. They thought the Space Maya would be returning to Earth on 24 December 2011.