Volume 10, Number 10 – 05/10/2007

Volume 10, Number 10
05/10/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
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In This Issue:
Andrew Cohen Event Announcement
Future Facts – From Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote


ANDREW COHEN TO SPEAK IN WASHINGTON, DC

“A New Culture Beyond Ego: Leadership, Integrity, and a Passion to Create the Future” is the title of a talk and a half-day seminar being given by visionary thinker and spiritual leader Andrew Cohen in Washington, DC on May 11 and 12.

Cohen is founder and editor in chief of What Is Enlightenment? magazine, which has often featured TAI’s president John Petersen. A defining voice in the field of evolutionary spirituality, Cohen marries the perennial wisdom of enlightenment with our need to meet the challenges of a fast-evolving world.

“If change is going to happen on a scale that can truly make a difference, leaders are going to have to become nothing less than heroes–moral, ethical, and spiritual heroes. This is the challenge of authentic leadership and, from a certain point of view, nothing is more important.” Andrew Cohen

Evening talk: National Press Club, Friday, May 11 at 8 pm. Half-day seminar: Saturday, May 12 from 1-6 pm in Adelphi, MD. Information and online registration: http://www.andrewcohen.org/locations/dc.asp


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • Chimpanzees are a more highly evolved species than homo sapiens, according to new research.
  • A deadly Ebola-like virus is killing fish of all types in the Great Lakes.
  • Scientists have identified both a virus and a parasite that are likely to be behind the recent sudden die-off of honey-bee colonies.
  • China has created artificial snow for the first time in Tibet to head off possible drought.

 

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

A Global Democratic Movement Is About to Pop – (Orion Magazine – May 1, 2007)
http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/51088/?page=1
An essay by Paul Hawken on the enormous proliferation of small groups of people working toward ecological sustainability and social justice. His conclusions: this is the largest social movement in all of history, no one knows its scope, and how it functions is more mysterious than what meets the eye. This is the first time in history that a large social movement is not bound together by an “ism.” What binds it together is ideas, not ideologies.


 

NEW REALITIES

Text Reveals More Ancient Secrets
Chimps More Evolved Than Humans
Kryptonite Discovered in Mine

Text Reveals More Ancient Secrets – (BBC News – April 26, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6591221.stm
Experts have found that a medieval prayer book has yielded yet another key ancient text buried within its parchment. Works by mathematician Archimedes and the politician Hyperides had already been found buried within the book, known as the Archimedes Palimpsest. But now advanced imaging technology has revealed a third text – a commentary on the philosopher Aristotle.

Chimps More Evolved Than Humans – (New Scientist – April 16, 2007)
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11611?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=dn11611—
It is time to stop thinking we are the pinnacle of evolutionary success – chimpanzees are the more highly evolved species, according to new research. Evolutionary geneticist Jianzhi Zhang and colleagues at the University of Michigan compared DNA sequences for 13,888 genes shared by human, chimp and rhesus macaques. Zhang’s team found that 233 chimp genes, compared with only 154 human ones, have been changed by selection since chimps and humans split from their common ancestor about 6 million years ago.

Kryptonite Discovered in Mine – (BBC News – April 24, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6584229.stm
A new mineral matching its unique chemistry – as described in the film Superman Returns – has been identified in a mine in Serbia. Researchers from mining group Rio Tinto discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr Stanley when they could not match it with anything known previously to science. Once the London expert had unraveled the mineral’s chemical make-up, he was shocked to discover this formula was already referenced in the literature – albeit literary fiction.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

‘Cybertooth’ for Patients May Replace Pills
Early Baby Sex Test over the Web
Hacking Your Body’s Bacteria for Better Health

‘Cybertooth’ for Patients May Replace Pills – (Reuters – April 19, 2007)
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2115903,00.asp
The Intellidrug project hopes to develop an oral device with embedded software that attaches to a tooth and administers medication pre-programmed by a patient’s doctor. The device can be fixed in a patient’s mouth, either as an attachment or type of crown to a tooth or as an implant. To administer the medicine, a panel on the device opens and releases the dosage into the back of the patient’s mouth.

Early Baby Sex Test over the Web – (BBC News – May 4, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6623189.stm
A test is being sold on the internet that enables parents to check the sex of their unborn baby at just six weeks. The early results, obtained from a finger-prick of blood, are 99% accurate; the company offers a refund for wrong predictions. The kit, sold by DNA Worldwide for $280, is controversial. Critics claim it may prompt parents to abort if they are unhappy with the test result.

Hacking Your Body’s Bacteria for Better Health – (Wired – April 26, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/news/2007/04/bacteriahacking
Bacterial cells in the body outnumber our own by a factor of 10, with 50 trillion bacteria living in the digestive system alone, where they’ve remained largely unstudied until the last decade. As scientists learn more about them, they’re beginning to chart the complex symbiosis between the tiny bugs and our health. And it now appears that our daily antibacterial regimens are disrupting a balance that once protected humans from health problems, especially allergies and malfunctioning immune responses.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Scientists Create Nano Nose with Aim of Sniffing Out Diseased Cells – (UMass Amherst – April 25, 2007)
http://www.umass.edu/loop/talkingpoints/articles/51538.php
A team of scientists has created a kind of molecular nose that uses nanoparticle-based sensors to sniff out and identify proteins. The sensors, which can be trained to detect a wide variety of proteins, could eventually serve as a medical diagnostic tool by sniffing out the proteins made by sickly cells. The chemical nose approach has the potential to be more reliable and cheaper than current technology. The research team is currently focusing on sensors for detecting the malformed proteins produced by cancer cells, but the technique holds promise as a means for detecting a wide variety of diseases.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

‘Killer bees’ Seem Resistant to Disorder
Taiwan Stung by Millions of Missing Bees
Scientists Identify Pathogens That May Be Causing Global Honey-Bee Deaths
Ebola-like Virus Killing Fish in Great Lake

‘Killer bees’ Seem Resistant to Disorder – (Azstarnet – April 30, 2007)
http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/176000
Although experts are stumped about what’s causing the colony-collapse disorder (CCD) die-off in U.S. commercial beehives, there is some speculation that Arizona’s famed Africanized – or “killer bee” – wild-bee population is somehow immune. The Africanized bees are aggressive, slightly smaller wild bees that produce bumper crops of honey and bad press. They also appear to be more resistant to whatever is causing CCD than the European honeybees.

Taiwan Stung by Millions of Missing Bees – (Reuters – April 26, 2007)
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyid=2007-04-
26T104754Z_01_TP162481_RTRUKOC_0_US-TAIWAN-BEES.xml&src=rss&rpc=22

Taiwan’s bee farmers are feeling the sting of lost business and possible crop danger after millions of the honey-making, plant-pollinating insects vanished during volatile weather.
Over the past two months, farmers in three parts of Taiwan have reported most of their bees gone.

Scientists Identify Pathogens That May Be Causing Global Honey-Bee Deaths – (Science Daily – April 26, 2007)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070426100117.htm
Using a new technology called the Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS), originally designed for military use to rapidly screen samples for pathogens, scientists have identified both a virus and a parasite that are likely to be behind the recent sudden die-off of honey-bee colonies.

Ebola-like Virus Killing Fish in Great Lakes – (USA Today – April 29, 2007)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-29-virus-fish_N.htm
A deadly Ebola-like virus is killing fish of all types in the Great Lakes, a development some scientists fear could trigger disaster for the USA’s freshwater fish. Last year, the aggressive virus resulted in large fish kills that struck at least 20 species. Scientists are watching to see whether the disease returns in mid-May when water in the lakes warms to temperatures at which the virus attacks.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

New Toys Read Brain Waves
Seeing Through Wall

New Toys Read Brain Waves – (Associated Press – April 30, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_hi_te/mind_reading_toys
Engineers at NeuroSky Inc. have big plans for brain wave-reading toys and video games. Technology from NeuroSky and other startups could even enable players to control video game characters or avatars in virtual worlds with nothing but their thoughts. Adding biofeedback to “Tiger Woods PGA Tour,” for instance, could mean that only those players who muster Zen-like concentration could nail a put.

Seeing Through Walls – (New Scientist – April 20, 2007)
http://www.newscientist.com/blog/technology/2007/04/seeing-through-walls.html#nbicomments?
DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=seeing-through-walls

Have you considered that someone could be reading what’s on your monitor, even a flat screen monitor, from a few rooms away? It’s unlikely, but possible. A radio antenna and radio receiver – equipment totaling less than $2,000 – are all you need.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Birth of a New Wedge
Singapore Wants Dutch Dikes
China Creates Tibetan Snow as Glaciers Melt
‘Sex Change’ for Chinese Trees

Birth of a New Wedge – (TruthOut – May 3, 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050307R.shtml
Agrichar is the term for what is left over after the energy is removed from biomass: a charcoal-based soil amendment. The agrichar process takes dry biomass of any kind and bakes it in a kiln to produce charcoal. Various gases and bio-oils are driven off the material and collected to use in heat or power generation. The charcoal is then buried in the ground, sequestering the carbon that the plants had pulled out of the atmosphere. The end result is increased soil fertility and an energy source with negative carbon emissions.

Singapore Wants Dutch Dikes – (Spiegel – April 24, 2007)
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,479061,00.html
Singapore has decided not to wait for sea levels to rise, preferring to plan ahead. The city-state has contacted experts from the Netherlands for help with dike construction as it prepares for the effects of climate change. The 663 square kilometer city-state has begun researching such technology, “because by the time the waters have risen… that is too late,” said former prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

China Creates Tibetan Snow as Glaciers Melt – (Reuters – April 18, 2007)
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK10840.htm
China has created artificial snow for the first time in Tibet to head off possible drought. Chinese scientists have warned that rising temperatures on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau will melt glaciers, dry up major Chinese rivers and trigger drought, sandstorms and desertification. The snowfall was measured at 2.2 mm and the accumulated snow on the ground reached one cm after the artificial snowfall.

‘Sex Change’ for Chinese Trees – (The Australian – April 20, 2007)
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21590997-1702,00.html
While there are 300,000 poplar trees in China’s capital, only some “female” trees are being injected with a “sex change” substance. The experiment aims to change their nature so no pollen will be produced. Hospitals in Beijing have received increasing numbers of patients who suffer from asthma or allergies after inhaling the pollen, which blankets the city in a snowfall of white fluff.


AUGMENTED/ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Police Turn to Psychics to Solve Crimes
Is This Really Proof That Man Can See into the Future?
Mouse Brain Simulated on Computer
Robot Future Poses Hard Questions

Police Turn to Psychics to Solve Crimes – (News Monster – May 02, 2007)
http://www.newsmonster.co.uk/content/view/183/72/
The police are increasingly turning to psychics and mediums for help in their battle against crime. Sources in the National Criminal Intelligence Service (in the United Kingdom) say that officers turn to mediums to help them solve the more difficult cases. There is even a database containing the names of ‘official’ psychics that officers can tap into 24 hours a day.

Is This Really Proof That Man Can See into the Future? – (Daily Mail – May 04, 2007)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article
_id=452833&in_page_id=1965

Experimental research suggests that ordinary people have a sixth sense that can help them ‘see’ the future. Professor Brian Josephson, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Cambridge University, says: “So far, the evidence seems compelling. What seems to be happening is that information is coming from the future. In fact, it’s not clear in physics why you can’t see the future. You certainly cannot completely rule out this effect.”

Mouse Brain Simulated on Computer – (BBC News – April 27, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6600965.stm
Computing power is working to catch up. US researchers have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer. Brain tissue presents a huge problem for simulation because of its complexity and the sheer number of potential interactions between the elements involved. The vast complexity of the simulation meant that it was only run for 10 seconds at a speed ten times slower than real life – the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain.

Robot Future Poses Hard Questions – (BBC News – April 24, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6583893.stm
Autonomous robots are able to make decisions without human intervention. As they become more common, these machines could also have negative impacts on areas such as surveillance and elderly care, the roboticists warn. Samsung, for example, has developed a robotic sentry to guard the border between North and South Korea. It is equipped with two cameras and a machine gun.


 

ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

Beer Maker, Scientists to Create Energy
The Century of Roots
Solar Silicon Solution Wins MIT Energy Plan Contest
Buildings Could Save Energy by Spying on Inhabitants

Beer Maker, Scientists to Create Energy – (Physorg.com – May, 02, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news97341527.html
Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland are installing a microbial fuel cell at a Foster’s Group brewery near Brisbane. The fuel cell is essentially a battery in which bacteria consume water-soluble brewing waste such as sugar, starch and alcohol. The battery produces electricity plus clean water by harnessing the chemical energy the bacteria release from the organic material and converting it into electrical energy.

The Century of Roots – (A.M Samsam Bakhtiari – April, 2007)
http://www.sfu.ca/~asamsamb/THE%20%20CENTURY%20%20OF%20%20ROOTS/
THE%20%20CENTURY%20%20OF%20%20ROOTS.htm

Dr. Ali Bakhtiari is a retired senior energy expert, employed by the National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) of Tehran between 1971 and his mandatory retirement due to age in 2005. At the time he retired, Dr. Bakhtiari was attached to the director’s office in the Corporate Planning Directorate of NIOC, specializing in issues related to the global oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. He is now an independent consultant with no official affiliation with NIOC. In this essay, Dr Bakhtiari begins to examine what may be the psychological impacts of Peak Oil.

Solar Silicon Solution Wins MIT Energy Plan Contest – (PES Network – May 02, 2007)
http://pesn.com/2007/05/02/9500469_RSI_Silicon_wins_MIT_contest/
Reaction Sciences, Inc (RSI) won the “People’s Choice” award and first place in MIT’s energy business plan contest for its ultra-disruptive process which provides solar grade Silicon at a fraction of the cost of current Silicon process plants, with only 10% of the capital cost. Once RSI is in high-volume production, the price of photovoltaic solar products will be able to drop significantly, making solar energy 35-60% cheaper than at present.

Buildings Could Save Energy by Spying on Inhabitants – (New Scientist – April 28, 2007)
http://www.newscientisttech.com/channel/tech/mg19426016.500?DCMP=NLC-nletter&
nsref=mg19426016.500

A SMART building, one with a network of motion detectors, can improve the energy efficiency and safety of the building while remaining deaf and blind to the activities of individuals. Such systems could use their knowledge of where groups congregate to turn down the air conditioning when there are only a few people in one part of the building, for example. In an emergency, electronic signs could direct people to the nearest available escape route when one becomes congested


 

TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

U.S. Asks Court to Cut Lawyers’ Access to Guantánamo
The Militarization of Neuroscience
Pentagon to Merge Next-Gen Binoculars With Soldiers’ Brains
DARPA’s iXo Artificial Intelligence Control Grid
Homeland Security Classifies TRON as “Sensitive”

U.S. Asks Court to Cut Lawyers’ Access to Guantánamo – (Herald Tribune – April 26, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/26/news/gitmo.php
Under a proposal filed in the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the government would limit lawyers to three visits with an existing client at Guantánamo; it would permit only a single visit with a detainee to have him authorize a lawyer to handle his case; and it would permit a team of intelligence officers and military lawyers not involved in a prisoner’s case to read mail sent to him by his lawyer. The proposal would also reverse existing rules to permit government officials, on their own, to deny the lawyers access to secret evidence used by military panels to determine that their clients were enemy combatants. The federal appeals court is scheduled to hear the case on May 15, 2007.

The Militarization of Neuroscience – (The Bulletin – April 10, 2007)
http://www.thebulletin.org/columns/hugh-gusterson/20070410.html
According to Jonathan Moreno’s new book, Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense (Dana Press 2006), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been funding research in the following areas: mind-machine interfaces that will enable military personnel to control high-tech weapons by thought alone; “living robots” whose movements could be controlled via brain implants; “cognitive feedback helmets” that allow remote monitoring of soldiers’ mental state; MRI technologies for use in interrogation or airport screening for terrorists; pulse weapons or other neurodisruptors that play havoc with enemy soldiers’ thought processes; “neuroweapons” that use biological agents to excite the release of neurotoxins; and new drugs that would enable soldiers to go without sleep for days, to excise traumatic memories, to suppress fear, or to repress psychological inhibitions against killing.

Pentagon to Merge Next-Gen Binoculars With Soldiers’ Brains – (Wired – May 1, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/gadgets/miscellaneous/news/2007/05/binoculars
U.S. Special Forces may soon have a strange and powerful new weapon in their arsenal. Dubbed “Luke’s Binoculars” – after the high-tech binoculars Luke Skywalker uses in Star Wars – high-tech binoculars 10 times more powerful than anything available today, augmented by an alerting system that literally taps the wearer’s prefrontal cortex to warn of furtive threats detected by the soldier’s subconscious is under development. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it expects to have prototypes in the hands of soldiers in three years.

DARPA’s iXo Artificial Intelligence Control Grid – (Google video – March 25, 2007)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2301756762339435723&q=darpa
This twenty minute video was constructed almost entirely using government/military quotes, animations, videos, images and photos. The narrative is sourced from government quotes from start to finish. It unveils the government’s numerous and ongoing programs related to artificial intelligence., “NBIC”, the “Global Information Grid”, nanotechnology, biotechnology, autonomous drones, “naval sea-bases”, space weapons and weather modification. The makers of the video clearly had an agenda that exceeded mere information. Leaving aside the agenda, the video is nonetheless an introduction into types of technology that many civilians know little about.

Homeland Security Classifies TRON as “Sensitive” – (Kuro5hin – March 29, 2007)
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2007/3/28/132751/380
Reports are emerging from members of the movie industry that the Department of Homeland Security has designated the 1982 film TRON as “sensitive”, and ordered Walt Disney Studios to turn over all copies of the film in its possession. Retailers are also receiving notices to remove all copies of the film from stock shelves and turn them over to Federal officials. A portion of the movie’s live-action sequence was filmed at Shiva, a nuclear fusion research facility created at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The facility was dismantled in 1981. However, as a government funded nuclear research program, it is subject to comprehensive national security guidelines, and it is this point that seems to have gotten the film into trouble.


 

CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

Potentially Habitable Planet Found
Pilot’s UFO Shock
Riding the Solar Wind on a 30-Mile Sail

Potentially Habitable Planet Found – (My Way – April 24, 2007)
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070424/D8ON8OSG0.html
For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described as a big step in the search for “life in the universe.” The planet is just the right size, might have water in liquid form, and in galactic terms is relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away. But a few caveats about how alien that world is: Gravity is 1.6 times as strong as Earth’s so a 150-pound person would feel like 240 pounds and birthdays would add up fast since it orbits its star every 13 days.

Pilot’s UFO Shock – (Guernsey Press – April 26, 2007)

http://www.thisisguernsey.com/code/showarchive.pl?ArticleID=002080&year=2007&category=news
Two experienced airline pilots on separate flights saw something up to a mile wide off the coast of Alderney in the English Channel. An air traffic controller said he had received simultaneous reports from the two pilots. The Jersey radar equipment did not pick up the object. However, if the object was stationary, our equipment would not have picked it up because the radar would have screened it out.

Riding the Solar Wind on a 30-Mile Sail – (Wired – May 08, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/science/space/news/2007/05/solarsail
A spinning web of electrified wire 30 miles wide may become the spacecraft propulsion system of the future. A team from the Kumpula Space Center in Finland is proposing a huge electronic sail for spacecraft that may dramatically reduce journey times across the solar system. The giant sail, which would be twice the length of Manhattan, is made from about 100 wires spun up into a whirling disk. Electrified by an onboard, solar-powered electron gun, the negatively charged wires repel the positively charged protons of the solar wind, providing thrust.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Around Globe, Walls Spring up to Divide Neighbors – (Reuters – May 01, 2007)
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=inDepthNews&storyID=2007-05-01T183252Z
_01_N25298747_RTRUKOC_0_US-WALLS.xml&pageNumber=0&imageid=&cap=&sz=13&WTM
odLoc=NewsArt-C1-ArticlePage1

Walls that divide neighbors, cause controversy and form part of an array of physical barriers are going up around the world. When completed, the barriers will run thousands of miles, in places as far apart as Mexico and India, Afghanistan and Spain, Morocco and Thailand, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. By an irony of history, the United States – the country that hastened the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 – has emerged as a champion wall builder.


 

JUST FOR FUN

Is That an MP3 Player in Your Pants …? – (Spiegel – March 22, 2007)
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,473317,00.html
In a Munich beer garden sipping on a fresh liter of Helles, the locals in their lederhosen at the next table complete the image of traditional rusticality – at least until their lederhosen, Bavarian leather pants, start ringing. Instead of the traditional deer-antler buttons down the side, the digital lederhosen comes equipped with five buttons to control MP3 player, complete with cell phone reception. Digital traditionalists can also outfit themselves with a classic Bavarian jacket with MP3 control in the arm.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

The future influences the present just as much as the past. – Friedrich Nietzsche


A special thanks to Bernard Calil, Ken Dabkowski, Kate Delaney, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, Humera Khan, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane C. Petersen, John C. Petersen, Christopher Robinson, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell, and Steve Ujvarosy, our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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Regina Meredith

As Regina’s career progressed, so did her decades long exploration into the world of esoteric and hidden sciences – the reality beyond the 5 sense world. Guidance from these realms suggested it was time to bring her skill set to the world of video/televised media, so in late 2004, along with her husband Scott, she co-created ‘Conscious Media Network’, the first online network to feature full length original video interviews with authors and experts in the realms of the meta-physical, healing arts and alternative theories, opening up a world that many had experienced but never had access to on this scale.

Gaia: In 2012, Conscious Media Network merged with Gaiam TV in 2012, with Regina serving as anchor in their new media division on Open Minds and Healing Matrix. The demand for Regina’s unique perspective on a variety of subjects has drawn attention from conference organizers, moving her into the public as a presenter at conferences. In addition, Regina offers retreats and workshops for those who wish to ‘Dive Deep’ into a new understanding of the nature of reality and life itself. In this venue she shares her exclusive approach to meditation and regression work for a greater understanding of life’s challenges and identifying the innate joys.

Dr. Harold Puthoff

Although nominated for a Nobel Prize in physics for his breakthrough theoretical work on zero-point energy, Dr. Harold Puthoff, is most recognized for having been a co-founder of the secret US government “remote viewing” program that successfully used psychics to spy on the Soviet Union and China.

Now a principal and science advisor in a leading-edge effort by former senior military and intelligence managers to disclose the many decades of interest that the US has had in UFOs, he comes to Berkeley Springs on the 8th of February to give a TransitionTalk about his work in making sense out of the UFO phenomena.

Dr. Puthoff’s presentation will include a summary of his current activities with To The Stars Academy, which is on the forefront of bringing into the open formerly highly classified efforts by the government to track, record and understand the meaning of hundreds of encounters that the military has had with UFOs over the past years.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from and question one of the foremost thinkers and leaders of the rapidly accelerating global effort to both make the public aware of what was previously unacknowledged about UFO and alien interaction with humans and also to address the deep questions about what is happening and what it might mean for the future of humanity.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential! His discoveries have led to 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. The UK’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5th consecutive year, and he is a 2017 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural. With more than 50 books – including 10 encyclopedias – and hundreds of articles in print on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual and mystical topics, she possesses exceptional knowledge of the field. Her present work focuses on inter-dimensional entity contact experiences and communication.

John L. Petersen

John L. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises (wild cards) and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.

 

He has led national non-profit organizations, worked in sales, manufacturing, real estate development, and marketing and advertising, mostly for companies he founded. A graduate electrical engineer, he has also promoted rock concerts; produced conventions; and worked as a disc jockey, among other things.

Mr. Petersens government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve and is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. He has served in senior positions for a number of presidential political campaigns and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. He was twice the runner-up to be Secretary of the Navy.

In 1989, Petersen founded The Arlington Institute (TAI), a non-profit, future-oriented research institute. TAI operates on the premise that effective thinking about the future is impossible without casting a very wide net. The “think tank” serves as a global agent for change by developing new concepts, processes and tools for anticipating the future and translating that knowledge into better present-day decisions. Using advanced information technology, a core group of bright thinkers and an international network of exceptionally curious people along with simulations, modeling, scenario building, polling and analysis, Arlington helps equip leaders and organizations from many disciplines with tools and actionable perspectives for dealing with uncertain times.

An award-winning writer, Petersens first book, The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future was awarded Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by CHOICE Academic Review, and remained on The World Future Societys best-seller list for more than a year. His Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises book was also a WFS best-seller. His latest book is a Vision of 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change. His coauthored article, (The Year 2000: Social Chaos or Social Transformation?) was one of the most highly acclaimed writings on Y2K. His 1988 book-length report (The Diffusion of Power: An Era of Realignment) was used at the highest levels of American government as a basis for strategic planning. He has also written papers on the future of national security and the military, the future of energy and the future of the media.

Petersen is a past board member of the World Future Society, writes on the future of aviation for Professional Pilot magazine and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He is a former network member of the Global Business Network and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. A provocative public speaker, he addresses a wide array of audiences around the world on a variety of future subjects. When he is not writing or speaking, Petersen invests in and develops resources for large, international projects and advanced technology start-up companies. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Speaking Inquiries: Email [email protected]

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele, former spy, former Marine Corps officer, a proponent of Open Source Everything, Presidential candidate in 2012 and perhaps again in 2024, recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 will integrate his life’s experience with his lessons from the works of others to explore love versus fear as a foundation for politics; liberty under natural law versus predatory fascism as we now have in the USA; and the possibilities for cosmic awakening very soon, in a full-on defeat of the Deep State and its Archon masters.

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson’s amazing ability to dream about the future in terms that can be reliably translated into people, times, places, and activities has been the subject of books, major university scientific studies, films, articles, TV shows, and just about all forms of media. He has taught many people how to dream about the future and, through his advanced intuitive capabilities, helped thousands to understand how to deal with seemingly impossible personal situations. He is also a healer, having on numerous occasions led people with supposedly terminal conditions to eliminate those issues and return to a healthy life. There is no one else in the world that has Chris’s fascinating background (undercover police work, etc.), coupled with these amazing personal gifts.

Frank DeMarco

FRANK DeMARCO has been reporting on his conversations with non-physical beings for more than two decades, in magazine articles, talks, and in a dozen non-fiction books and two novels.

FRANK DeMARCO is the author of 14 books rooted in more than 25 years of psychic exploration, including It’s All One World, Awakening from the 3D World, Rita’s World (two volumes), The Cosmic Internet, The Sphere and the Hologram, and Imagine Yourself Well. Since 2005, he has been actively engaged in an on-going series of conversations with various non-physical beings, including historical individuals, “past lives,” aspects of personal guidance, and a generalized group he calls “the guys upstairs.”

He is also the author of three novels, Messenger, That Phenomenal Background (originally published as Babe in the Woods) and Dark Fire.

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey is a physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He received his M. D. degree from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in internal medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. He is the author of twelve books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, and most recently One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. His books have been translated into languages around the world. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Dossey lectures around the world. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara, a nurse-consultant and the author of several award-winning books.

William Buhlman

William Buhlman is a recognized expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences. The author’s forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences.

Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth six-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive at the renowned Monroe Institute in Virginia. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.

The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows worldwide. William’s books are currently available in twelve languages. The author lives in Delaware, USA. For more information visit his web site, www.astralinfo.org.

Joe McMoneagle

Joe was the longest operational psychic spy in the US government’s very highly classified Stargate program where they used psychics and intuitives to look into installations and people around the world that were of interest to government intelligence agencies. They called the process remote viewing.

As it turned out, the remote viewers discovered that they were – not limited by either time or space and produced drawings and assessments that could not have been obtained in any other way. The Soviets had an active remote viewing program at the same time and it is rumored that Russia, China and the U.S. still have initiatives of this kind that are operational.

Joe’s stories are fascinating, like the time he mentally got inside a Chinese nuclear weapon and saw how the triggering mechanism worked . . . and then went out and bought the parts at Radio Shack to show the scientists in the intelligence agency exactly how it was done. The remote viewers could find submarines at the bottom of the ocean and crashed aircraft in the middle of African jungles.

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes.

Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor.

As a NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe has written Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon(Hay House, 2017), which draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives; You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter (Hay House, 2014), which explores our ability to heal without drugs or surgery, but rather by thought alone; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hay House, 2012) and Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (2007), both of which detail the neuroscience of change and epigenetics. His film appearances include Transcendence: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary (2018); HEAL (2017); E-Motion (2014); Sacred Journey of the Heart (2012); People v. the State of Illusion (2011); What IF – The Movie (2010); Unleashing Creativity (2009); and What the #$*! Do We Know? & Down the Rabbit Hole, extended DVD version (2005).

Dr. Todd Ovokaitys

After two years at Northwestern, he was accepted into an accelerated combined graduate/undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, which conferred both B.A. and M.D. degrees. Advanced training was at Georgetown University Hospital, with a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Intensive Care Medicine.

During his Pulmonary Fellowship, the specialty that concerns the lungs, Dr. Todd began his research with cells of the immune system. Many procedures were done on AIDS patients to diagnose their lung problems. Observing this dire disease firsthand and the toxic results of early medical treatments, Dr. Todd developed a passion for finding better solutions. Towards the end of his Fellowship, he became aware of the benefits of Holistic Medicine for improving the function of the immune system while building rather than impairing the function of other systems.

Inspired to learn more, he moved to Southern California to study with practitioners of Complementary Medicine. In the context of these studies, he had an experience so radical that the course of his life and work were forever transformed.

During a meditation class in the summer of 1989, Dr. Todd paired with another student for an exercise. The process was profound and they took turns, one in the process while the other scribed to record any breakthroughs of awareness. Much as in the Jodie Foster movie “Contact,” the usual anchor points dissolved with the feeling of instant transport to a different dimension of being. There was a doorway or portal to traverse, with a message of the responsibility taken on through the choice to go further.

Instantly upon walking through this doorway, a living form was seen that filled a room – and had the shape of a DNA strand enlarged millions of times. This form communicated that science only partly understood how DNA worked. The linear understanding of DNA as an enormous data string was correct but incomplete. In addition, DNA was a structure of coils within coils in an environment of moving charges that permitted DNA to send electromagnetic signals much as a radio transmitter. Further, DNA could receive and be conditioned by electromagnetic signals. Most significantly, if it were possible to determine and transmit the correct resonant signals, that it was possible to switch the activity of a sick cell to that of a healthy cell, an old cell to that of a young cell.

This experience brought with it a certainty that solutions were possible. After intensive review of the previous work showing the effects of electromagnetic energy patterns on cellular health and function, Dr. Todd located a colleague with the technical expertise to build the desired invention.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organized a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organization aimed at researching close encounters.

She is the author of, Awakening – How extra-terrestrial contact can transform your life. Mary is working on her second book, The New Human, due for release this year.

Freddy Silva

Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages, and produced eleven documentaries. Described by one CEO as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, with notable appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. He also leads private sell-out tours to ancient temples worldwide. www.invisibletemple.com

Sharry Edwards

Sharry Edwards has been accused of being too scientific by some, too esoteric by others. In actuality, she is a bridge between both fields of inquiry. Sharry is the acknowledged pioneer in the emerging field of Vocal Profiling using BioAcoustic Biology. For many years she has provided the leading-edge research to show the voice as a holographic representation of the body that can be used to change the face of medicine.

Sharry asks that we imagine a future in which we can be individually identified and maintained through the use of frequency based biomarkers that keep us healthy and emotionally balanced. Her work at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has shown that we can each have dominion over those frequencies by individual mind management or a simple remote control that is completely programmable. Using the unique techniques of Vocal Profiling and evaluation, emotional as well as physiological issues can be revealed and addressed.

Her work with the human voice reveals that people who share similar traumas, stresses, diseases, toxicities…share similar, if not identical, vocal anomalies. She brings together ancient knowledge with modern ideas of harmonics and frequency relationship theories to show that math can be used as a form of predictive, diagnostic and curative foundation for wellness. Through entrainment of the frequency grids of the brain, the body can be programmed to support its own optimal form and function.

Dr. John McMichael

John McMichael, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Beach Tree Labs, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of new therapeutic agents targeting unmet medical needs. These disorders range from herpes infections to chronic fatigue syndrome to urinary incontinence. His PhD is in virology and immunology from Oregon State University. He headed up the labs at one of the largest private veterinary research practices in the country, was a college professor for more than a decade, and now works out of a small lab on his form in New York state and a larger, more sophisticated lab in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds over 200 patents, has published in books and peer-reviewed journals, and is currently working with his team to begin formal FDA trials for product candidates for chronic traumatic brain injury and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Good health is dependent on the appropriate transfer of information within and between cells. The informational and molecular disharmonies associated with disease can be reversed using appropriate therapeutic signals that stimulate the return to the normal state without adverse effects. One such signal molecule, SLO, has demonstrated clinical utility in a broad spectrum of indications that would at first glance appear to be unrelated. The underlying common thread that links these disorders is representative of the targets to which resonant molecular signals are directed.

Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

Integrative Physician Dr. Carrie Hempel and Holistic Pharmacist Brian Sanderoffare both experts in the medicinal use of cannabis in Maryland.

Dr. Hempel is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. As an Osteopathic Physician, she has embraced a holistic approach to patient care, providing loving attention to the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. For the past 11 years she has received specialist training, Board Certification and expertise in several fields including Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, along with many Integrative modalities. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Association of Cannabis Specialists, and is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Over the course of her career she has seen the consistent struggle of patients dealing with chronic, progressive, debilitating illness, and witnessed the challenges and limitations of the current pharmaceutical options for pain and symptom managment. Her passion for this population has grown, along with her desire to advocate for patients to have access to non-opioid, holistic options to enhance quality of life and optimize function.

Trained as a pharmacist, Brian Sanderoff has integrated 25 years of experience with his traditional medical training and herbalism, nutrition and numerous other holistic modalities to help clients devise practical, common-sense, safe solutions to most any health issue.

His clients appreciate how he embraces a complementary approach to health and how his holistic “compass” brings them new solutions to their unique health concerns – especially chronic diseases.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organised a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organisation aimed at researching close encounters.

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald is an extraordinary Australian thinker and researcher who arguably knows as much about the structure of the global planetary transition that we are experiencing as anyone on the planet. He draws coherent pictures from the deep insights of Clair W. Graves and paints clear, explanatory images of not only how humanity has evolved to this point, but what is inevitably on our horizon . . . and how this epic transition will continue to play out.

He is currently writing a book about the global paradigm shift that’s taking us beyond the scientific-industrial era. Steve served with the Australian Army for 15 years, including war service as an infantry company commander in Somalia, 1993. He is also a qualified military helicopter pilot and on leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter in the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland. Building upon his extensive experience in unpredictable environments, after retiring from flying Steve specialized as a change management consultant. He consequently studied the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves and became one of the first Australians qualified to teach Dr Graves’ theory under the banner of Spiral Dynamics Integral. A long-term struggle with posttraumatic stress has driven Steve’s deep interest in human nature and consciousness. He is a founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, an Australian non-profit association. He is also a founder of AADII, a non-profit company created to support worldwide transformational change.

Robert Coxon

Although Robert Coxon had been studying and composing music for many years, it was after taking the Silva Mind Control course that he realized how powerful sound could be in relaxing the body and opening the consciousness. He then decided to write his first album.

Cristal Silence quickly became a major hit throughout Canada, staying on top of the charts for many years. This was the beginning of his continuing phenomenal success as composer and solo artist. For the last 29 years he has performed only his original compositions in concert. Robert has been nominated four times for the prestigious “Felix” award (French Canada equivalent to the Grammy), and became Canada’s best-selling New Age artist. His international breakthrough came after composing The Silent Path in 1995. This album was an instant hit in Canada, the USA and France. After hearing The Silent Path, Lee Carroll, internationally renowned author of 15 bestselling Kryon and Indigo books, contacted Robert and asked him to join his team on tour. Through the years this has given Robert the opportunity to experience different cultures and inspires him to write music honoring these many countries he performs in.

Robert offers us nine albums, the latest three being The Infinite, essence of life, Goddess -The Power of Woman and Passion Compassion Alegeria.

Joe Dispenza

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Gary Sycalik

Gary Sycalik has been described as an entrepreneur, businessman, project developer/manager, consultant/advisor, organizational troubleshooter, strategic planner, facilitator, futurist, business and social architect, complex problematic game designer (policy, strategic, tactic levels) and writer. Gary brings a robust horizontal and vertical functional capability to any project from the conceptual to operational stage.

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including Healing the Wounded Mind, The Sacred Revival, The Phoenix Generation, New Consciousness for a New World, Struggle for Your Mind, After the Car, and the celebrated Dawn of the Akashic Age (with Ervin Laszlo). He has traveled extensively and lived in various countries. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. She travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and maintains a large consulting practice. She has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI.