A process in nature in which organisms possessing certain genotypic characteristics that make them better adjusted to an environment tend to survive, reproduce, increase in number or frequency, and therefore, are able to transmitgenerations. and perpetuate their essential genotypic qualities to succeeding
It is the process by which heritable traits that increase an organism's chances of survival and reproduction are favoured than less beneficial traits. Originally proposed by Charles Darwin, natural selection is the process that results in the evolution of organism.
While natural selection may help an organism to better survive in its environment, it really just boils down to the very basics of survival, and nothing more.
There is no evidence whatsoever to support that we are in any sort of age, dictated by the position of stars in the sky, the moon, or the sun. There is no reason, evidence, or motivation to care about the Mayan calendar outside of a historical/archaeological context.
While it's all very impressive that science has come so far and keeps going further, lets give it the proper credit and let it stand alone rather than attaching the mystical to it. It only cheapens it to do so.
Ah right. It reminds me of something someone (maybe Matt) wrote the other day about spiders or something. If they are perfectly adapted to their environment then they do not continue to evolve until the nevironment changes and a need to adapt arises. Thus as the tribes of the Amazon are largely isolated and perfectly adapted they would not evolve. However, due to them losing their rainforests thye well need to adapt but by becoming more westernized and taking law degres for example just like the inuit are doing.
I don't think it needs to cheapen it, though I agree caution must be observed. The ideal scenario would be the gradual study of certain claims in the area. It could lead to some breakthroughs but if not the skeptics will win and the new age claims can be put to rest. However, I feel the new age is here to stay, you can't just disagree with it and it goes away. It is an ever increasing part of culture and as with all elements of culture they should be respected or at the very least tolerated. I admit there is a common problem with generalizing amongst the new age views. I mean I suggest this or that and people assume that means I must also adhere to other views.
Maybe I am making assumptions maybe I am just trying to see things from more than one point of view. My perspective is constantly being adjusted and adapted with the new things I am learning but I try to avoid making assumptions because they can lead to misconceptions. I would prefer to push the envelope with suggestions and some things will make more sense than others. It is when I look at the wholistic scenario that I see connections, they could indeed be wholly incorrect but they are working for me and I am feeling good from taking this approach. It's not a competition though, I am taking your points on board and I hope you will do the same with mine. It's the same with science and mysticism, they are not necessarily at war but could find their own harmony for the benift of all.