Philosophy Prof. Steve Gimbel was featured in a Hanover Evening Sun about the world ending on Dec. 21, the last day of the Mayan calendar.
From the Evening Sun:
Is today really the end of the world?
If you're reading this story, that's a good thing, because it means we're all still here. Just keep your fingers crossed and hope we make it through the rest of the day because today is Dec. 21, 2012 - the date that has been pegged by some as the end of the world.
Today actually marks the end of the Mayan calendar, and some have taken that as an indication celestial events will wreak havoc and destroy the world.
But others say wait a minute - we're talking about a calendar, here. The Mayan calendar marks off a couple different cycles of time, and when this particular cycle - the longest one - comes to an end, all that will happen is a new cycle begins. It's the equivalent of taking your 2012 calendar off the wall on New Year's Day, and replacing it with that cool 2013 "Avengers" calendar you've had your eye on (hint, hint).
Whether you believe the latest predictions or not, people have reacted both ways throughout history every time another end-of-the-world prediction comes down the pike, said Gettysburg College philosophy professor Steve Gimbel.