Evo-Tourism – What is it?

Evo-tourism (ē v ō toor’iz’ Ə m) n. travel intended to promote awareness of evolution

We commend the Smithsonian for creating a new term, Evo-Tourism™.   It is brilliant!

Below is their description of this new concept.

The Hayehwatha Institute provides a new angle of consideration for Evo-Tourism  

The focus of Science is on the physical that can be measured by mathematics and man-made instruments.  Awareness, in and of itself, cannot be measured by these technologies, yet it exists.

The Hayehwatha Institute provides leading-edge programs to expand and refine awareness to look into the universe and beyond, to see what science has discovered, and to also observe, experience and understand phenomenon beyond the reach of science at this time: the origins, history, evolution and destiny of human life.

Come to Mount Shasta, California and participate in the programs of the Hayehwatha Institute: a travel into the universe and beyond to promote an awareness of the evolution of human life.

The Smithsonian’s version of Evo-Tourism:

The word isn’t in the dictionary. But we think it’s worth adding to the lexicon because it describes a new kind of travel.

Why not take off in pursuit of the greatest natural drama ever, evolution? Why not evotourism? If, as the saying goes, life is a journey, then the ultimate is the journey of life on earth.

And what a wild ride it’s been. Some 3.5 billion years separate the first primordial microbes and the emergence of a species capable of creating the Taj Mahal, Pride and Prejudice and “Monday Night Football”.

The story in between is an epic tale of trial and error. In On the Origin of Species – that revolutionary treatise first published in 1859 – Charles Darwin explained that life is the product of continuous change, that species come and go and are not fixed forever. Evolution is what happens over the long term when random genetic changes are subjected to natural selection, in which individuals that have a survival advantage transmit that advantage to successive generations. Which, in turn, evolve new traits, and so forth. Unlike parents, evolution doesn’t play favorites. The species that endure are not necessarily the strongest, fastest or smartest, just the ones best suited to their environment.

Scientists continue to add to knowledge of evolution, fossil by fossil, gene by gene. And any evotourist can come face to face with the hard evidence.

Our exclusive list of ten destinations spans 300 million years and six continents. Your’ll find even more at Smithsonia.com/evotourism. We encourage people to explore the natural world, gain insights into its origins, and see firsthand the keen adaptations of plants and animals. Evotourism will open your eyes to what Darwin famously called “endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful.”

Smithsonian Magazine Article, January 2012

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