My mind is brimming with a mix of "What The Bleep Do We Know", writings by the McKenna's, Jung, and Art Kelp.
The McKenna's predict that evolution will accelerate and until December 22, 2012, at which point evolution will stop. This date is also the end of the world in the Mayan Calendar (in some translations. newer interpretations just state that a significant event will occur on that date) and roughly coincides with various Christian rapture/end-of-the-world theories.
While I do not believe the end of the world is coming, it does make me wonder why that general time period is common to very differing cultures for the end of days.
This commonality brings in thoughts of Jungian concepts of syncronicity, which ties into the quantum theory ideas of particle entanglement and the possibility of group conscienceness.
While I don't believe in group conscienceness either, it has supposedly been demonstrated with the NYT Crossword, where a huge number of people struggle through the crossword the day it comes out. Then if you isolate a few people give then the same crossword a day later, they breeze through it, implying that some how that the knowledge of the general population was shared with the isolated people. But it seems like this is a somewhat democratic processes, that the more people that learn something, the more people that will just pick it up.
So what sort of mass event could lock in on this one time period through the centuries as the date for the end of the world?
The next question is, if this event comes to pass, will this be a good thing or a bad thing? Some suppose it means war and death. Others believe evolution to a higher state. Somethink it will just be a dawning of a new age, with man moving on to another world (Mars?).
No way to tell, but I do think I will be amusedly watching various dramatic theories cross the net.