Mayan Calendar en What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway? <P>As the Western world’s favorite doomsday prophet, Nostradamus and his <A href="">enigmatic four-line poems </A>have been used to explain catastrophes and lately, the looming apocalypse. We spoke with <STRONG>Stéphane Gerson, </STRONG>Associate Professor of French Studies at New York University, and author of <A href=""><EM>Nostradamus: How An Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became The Modern Prophet Of Doom </EM></A>to find out why a 16<SUP>th</SUP> century astrologer and poet came to represent the face of the four horsemen. He will&nbsp;be giving a free talk&nbsp;at the <A href="">New York Public Library</A> on February 4.</P> <P> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:11:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18844 at What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway? The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life Since Adam <a href="">wrote here yesterday</a> of science as a meaningful pursuit, or better, of how a science-inspired way of quenching our unquenchable thirst for knowledge about ourselves and the world will add meaning to one's life, I'd like to take off on a tangent also springing from Umair Haque's <a href="">recent blog post</a> in the <em>Harvard Business Review</em>.<p>Two days ago I listened to a lecture on the Mayan "prediction" of th Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:39:00 +0000 Marcelo Gleiser 1644 at The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life