The environment is ravaged, the world economy has collapsed, and every passing day seems to spin us toward a great, dark inevitable. But it does explain the recent resurgence of some of the doomsaying classics, including a grim forecast that dates back to theancient Mayan civilizations of Mesoamerica:the prediction. The Mayans viewed time and history in terms of cycles, and according to their most expansive measuring stick, the Long Count calendar, the current cycle ends on December 21, , with what is believed to be a particular alignment of the Earth, the sun, and the center of the Milky Way. Many astronomers dispute this. The author of two books and numerous articles on the subject, Pinchbeck is an oft-quoted authority on all things 21st-century-radical, from free love and urban homesteading to the use of psychedelics of which he is an outspoken advocate.
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Read Daniel Pinchbeck's posts on the Penguin Blog show more. Review quote "Daniel Pinchbeck Pinchbeck was a founder of the s literary magazine Open City with fellow writers Thomas Beller and Robert Bingham. He writes a column, Prophet Motive, for Conscious Enlightment publishing www.
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The End Is High
Pinchbeck takes as given that our world is heading toward a major shake-up, citing a rise in religious fundamentalism, a fever rush of technological advancements, and perhaps most importantly, the accelerated degradation of the biosphere. Pinchbeck's solution to the dilemma is for individuals to accept themselves as sentient aspects of a planetary ecology rather than alienated egos, using indigenous shamanic knowledge as a possible path toward that goal. Shamanism is also the subject of Pinchbeck's previous book Breaking Open the Head , which documents his personal evolution from a cynical New York atheist to someone who acknowledges a vast, hidden realm of spirituality. His doubts are what give the book its spine, separating the flaky ideas from the important ones.
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