Volume 10, Number 4 – 3/12/2007

Volume 10, Number 4
3/12/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
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In This Issue:

Future Facts – From Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • A new autonomous underwater vehicle can stay out to sea for up to a year and dive to depths of nearly 9,000 feet – nearly three times deeper than the deepest-diving military submarines.
  • Scientists have successfully regrown a tooth from cells extracted from mouse embryos.
  • A new chip can perform 1 trillion operations per second and is the size of a large postage stamp. In 1996, supercomputers of comparable power took up about 2,000 square feet.
  • Americans hate their jobs more than ever, with fewer than half saying they are satisfied. 20 years ago, 61% of Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs.
  • The seeds for more than 1.5 million different agricultural crops will soon be interred in an Arctic seedbank, as part of a plan to combat catastrophic climate change.

 

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Downloading is a Packrat’s Dream
Brain Scan Can Read People’s Intentions
Plan to Vaccinate Babies Against Drugs

Downloading is a Packrat’s Dream— (Wired — March 7, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,72737-0.html?tw=wn_technology_1
The technical name is syllogomania, from sylloge (“to collect”), but most psychiatric professionals call it compulsive hoarding. Like everyone else, compulsive hoarders have gone digital. Infohoarding may be the first psychiatric dysfunction born of digital age.

Brain Scan Can Read People’s Intentions — (Guardian — February 9, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,2009229,00.html#article_continue
A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person’s brain and read their intentions before they act. The research breaks controversial new ground in scientists’ ability to probe people’s minds and eavesdrop on their thoughts, and raises serious ethical issues over how brain-reading technology may be used in the future.

Plan to Vaccinate Babies Against Drugs— (This is London — February 2, 2007)
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23384076-details/
Plan+to+vaccinate+babies+against+drugs/article.do

Under a plan being considered by the British government, babies could be vaccinated with brain-altering chemicals to stop them getting hooked on drugs and cigarettes in later life. Newborns would have jabs which could prevent addiction to cocaine, heroin or tobacco.


 

NEW REALITIES

Hidden Twist in the Black Hole Information Paradox
Archaeologists Uncover 2,300-Year-Old Solar Calendar
Huge ‘Ocean’ Discovered Inside Earth

Hidden Twist in the Black Hole Information Paradox — (SPX — March 1, 2007)
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/A_Hidden_
Twist_In_The_Black_Hole_Information_Paradox_999.html

Researchers have established that quantum information cannot be ‘hidden’ in conventional ways. Conventional information can vanish in two ways, either by moving to another place (e.g. across the internet), or by “hiding”, such as in a coded message. This new result regarding quantum data gives a surprising new twist to one of the great mysteries about black holes…

Archaeologists Uncover 2,300-Year-Old Solar Calendar — (Bloomberg — March 1, 2007)
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=aptMMaQE2fMg&refer=
latin_america

A set of 2,300-year-old towers in Peru was used as a solar calendar by ancient Andeans. The Chankillo site, about 250 miles north of Lima, features a line of 13 towers and two structures the archaeologists call observation points. The two points were built to observe the movement of the sun through spaces between the towers, erected between 200 and 300 B.C., and track the course of a solar year.

Huge ‘Ocean’ Discovered Inside of Earth — (Live Science — February 28, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/environment/070228_beijing_anomoly.html
Scientists scanning the deep interior of Earth have found evidence of a vast water reservoir beneath eastern Asia that is at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean. The discovery marks the first time such a large body of water has found in the planet’s deep mantle. Previous predictions calculated that if a cold slab of the ocean floor were to sink thousands of miles into the Earth’s mantle, the hot temperatures would cause water stored inside the rock to evaporate out.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Who Owns Your Genes?
Regrowing Teeth
Electric Switch Could Turn on Limb Regeneration

Who Owns Your Genes? — (International Herald Tribune — February 13, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/02/13/opinion/edcrichton.php
You, or someone you love, may die because of a gene patent that should never have been granted in the first place. Sound far-fetched? Unfortunately, it’s only too real. In the United States, gene patents are now used to halt research, prevent medical testing and keep vital information from you and your doctors. Gene patents slow the pace of medical advance on deadly diseases. And they raise costs exorbitantly: A test for breast cancer that could be done for $1,000 now costs $3,000.

Regrowing Teeth — (MIT Technology Review — February 22, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18216/
The average American will lose about eight teeth by the time he or she turns 50. Common replacements include dentures, which have been known to erode the underlying bone over time, and dental implants, which are prone to falling out after several years’ use. Thus, the ability to regrow a natural tooth, with the accompanying bone, root, and nerves, could provide a significantly healthier alternative for many – and scientists have done just that… at least, in mice.

Electric Switch Could Turn on Limb Regeneration — (Nature – February 28, 2007)
http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070226/full/070226-8.html
Tadpoles can achieve something that humans may only dream of: pull off a tadpole’s thick tail or a tiny developing leg, and it’ll grow right back – spinal cord, muscles, blood vessels and all. Now researchers have discovered the key regulator of the electrical signal that convinces Xenopus pollywogs to regenerate amputated tails. The results give some researchers hope for new approaches to stimulating tissue regeneration in humans.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nanocoating Is Virtual Black Hole for Reflections
Nanotechnology Seen as Answer to Counterfeiters

Nanocoating Is Virtual Black Hole for Reflections — (Physorg — March 1, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news91978273.html
Most surfaces reflect some light – from a puddle of water all the way to a mirror. The new material has almost the same refractive index as air, making it an ideal building block for anti-reflection coatings. It sets a world record by decreasing the reflectivity compared to conventional anti-reflection coatings by an order of magnitude. The material has a refractive index of 1.05, which is extremely close to the refractive index of air and the lowest ever reported. Window glass, for comparison, has a refractive index of about 1.45.

Nanotechnology Seen as Answer to Counterfeiters — (NPR — February 27, 2007)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7615643&ft=1&f=1006
The money in your pocket is going to start looking and acting – yes, acting – quite strange in a few years. That’s according to a government report, just released, which argues that the only way for the U.S. government to stay ahead of counterfeiters is to use nanotechnology. If this happens, our money will no longer be a printed piece of paper. It will become a very thin, very high-tech machine.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Health Experts Place Bets on Bird Flu Pandemic
A Cheaper, Easier Malaria Pill
New Drugs Promise Options for HIV Patients
Mystery Ailment Strikes Honeybees

Health Experts Place Bets on Bird Flu Pandemic— (CBC — March 1, 2007)
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2007/03/01/bird-flu-market.html
Health experts have launched a new “market” aimed at predicting when a potential bird flu pandemic will hit. The project aims to collect opinions from medical experts such as epidemiologists, veterinarians, nurses and laboratory technicians who notice an odd case, virus sample or disease pattern.

A Cheaper, Easier Malaria Pill — (International Herald Tribune — March 1, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/03/01/news/drug.php
A new, cheap pill to treat malaria has been introduced, the first product of an innovative partnership between an international drug company and a medical charity. The medicine, called ASAQ, is a pill combining artemisinin, invented in China using sweet wormwood and hailed as a miracle malaria drug, with amodiaquine, an older drug that still works in many malarial areas. A treatment will cost less than $1 for adults and less than 50 cents for children.

New Drugs Promise Options for HIV Patients — (Bloomberg — March 1, 2007)
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/03/01
/three_new_drugs_promise_options_for_hiv_patients/

Three experimental HIV drugs with two entirely new mechanisms for attacking viruses promise to spur a change in how doctors treat the virus that causes AIDS, helping thousands of patients who have stopped responding to previous medicines. One, Maraviroc is the first drug in an entirely new class of HIV-drugs that works by preventing the virus AIDS virus from entering cells.

Mystery Ailment Strikes Honeybees — (AP — February 11, 2007)
http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/02/11/D8N7O1Q81.html
A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination. Researchers are scrambling to find the cause of the ailment, called Colony Collapse Disorder. Reports of unusual colony deaths have come from at least 22 states. Some affected commercial beekeepers, who often keep thousands of colonies, have reported losing more than 50 percent of their bees.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

A Wireless Street Fight
The Promise of Personal Supercomputers
Data-Storing Bacteria Could Last Thousands of Years

A Wireless Street Fight — (Time — February 15, 2007)
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1590458,00.html
Your cell phone is spying on you, but don’t be afraid. Thanks to better mapping technology and hyper-local services tailored to the small screen, the latest wireless gadgets can automatically pinpoint your location and then direct you to everything from the nearest Chinese restaurant to where your friends are hanging out. And while it may seem creepy to have your phone keeping tabs on you even when you’re sleeping, this isn’t some Homeland Security nightmare. It’s just an easier way to find people and places nearby.

The Promise of Personal Supercomputers — (MIT Technology Review — February 23, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18219/l
A new research project has made computer geeks jump with glee: the first programmable “terascale” supercomputer on a chip. The new chips each contain 80 cores, or processors, and could be programmed to crunch numbers at the rate of a trillion operations per second, a measure known as a teraflop. The chips are about the size of a large postage stamp, but have the same calculation speed as a supercomputer that, in 1996, took up about 2,000 square feet and drew about 1,000 times more power.

Data-Storing Bacteria Could Last Thousands of Years — (ComputerWorld — February 27, 2007)
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic
&taxonomyName=storage&articleId=9011945&taxonomyId=19&intsrc=kc_top

Scientists have developed a new technology that uses bacteria DNA as a medium for storing data long-term, even for thousands of years. The new technology creates an artificial DNA that carries up to more than 100 bits of data within the genome sequence. The researchers said they successfully encoded “e= mc2 1905!” – Einstein’s theory of relativity and the year he enunciated it – on the common soil bacteria, Bacillius subtilis.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Race to the Bottom
New Sub Dives Crushing Depths
Pollution Threat in Tehran ‘Bad as Huge Quake’
Corporations Agree to Cut Emissions
Ocean Circulation Not Slowing Down
Cooling the Planet
Work Starts on Artic Seed Vault

Race to the Bottom — (Wired — March, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.03/undersea.html
A new age of undersea mining may be dawning. Test digs from ocean floors around the world have produced rock samples with gold, copper and other precious metal concentrations far in excess of what is currently found in most mining operations. This new approach to mining comes as the industry reaches a critical juncture. Many of the major land deposits have been exhausted by the $225 billion-a-year industry. But demand for minerals has never been higher.

New Sub Dives Crushing Depths — (Wired — February 26, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72794-0.html?tw=wn_index_1
Scientists have developed an autonomous underwater vehicle that can stay out to sea for up to a year and dive to depths of nearly 9,000 feet — nearly three times deeper than the deepest-diving military submarines. Known as Deepglider, the 71-inch long, 138-pound device is made of carbon fiber that can withstand the deep ocean’s immense pressure. The energy-efficient, battery-powered glider carries sensors to measure oceanic conditions including salinity and temperature – information that is key to understanding climate change.

Pollution Threat in Tehran ‘Bad as Huge Quake’ — (Guardian — January 10, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1986538,00.html
Officials in Tehran have warned that the city’s notoriously polluted air could cause a catastrophe after figures showed 120 people a day had died from toxic fumes. The potential effects have been compared to those of a large earthquake, after 3,600 people were reported to have died from pollution-related illnesses in four weeks during October and November. The figures were released by officials heading a government program to cut pollution in Tehran, home to 12 million people.

Corporations Agree to Cut Emissions— (Reuters — February 20, 2007)
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/02/20/global.warming.pact.reut/index.html
More than 100 corporate heads, international organizations and experts set out a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, calling on governments to act urgently against global warming. The agreement urged governments to place a price on the carbon emissions released by power plants, factories and other sectors to discourage emissions.

Ocean Circulation Not Slowing Down — (Live Science — February 27, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/environment/070227_ocean_circ.html
Scientific evidence and Hollywood’s “The Day After Tomorrow” have fueled fears that global warming could disrupt the Atlantic Ocean’s main circulation system and drastically alter global weather patterns, but there is no firm evidence that shows this is actually happening, says a prominent oceanographer.

Cooling the Planet — (MIT Technology Review — February 13, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/18175/
In the past two decades, various novel planet-cooling technologies have been proposed – improbable, monumental projects such as putting into orbit giant mirrors with thousand-kilometer diameters or clouds of trillions of wafer-thin, butterfly-light lenses. Until recently, such proposals have remained on the fringes of acceptable scientific speculation. Now, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claiming in its latest report that there’s a 90% probability that the last half-century of global warming has been caused by humans, radical planet-cooling technological possibilities are suddenly receiving consideration alongside the standard proposals for capping, reducing, or sequestering carbon emissions.

Work Starts on Artic Seed Vault — (CNN — February 9, 2007)
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/02/09/climate.deep.freeze.reut/index.html
Deep inside the Arctic Circle work is about to begin on a giant frozen Noah’s Ark for food crops to provide a last bastion in the battle against global warming. And within a year the first seeds of what will eventually be home for samples of all 1.5 million distinct varieties of agricultural crops worldwide will be tucked safely inside the vaults deep in a mountain on the archipelago of Svalbard. There, at the end of a tunnel 120 meters into the side of a mountain, 80 meters above estimated sea levels even if all polar ice melts, and 18 degrees Celsius below freezing, they will stay like a bank security deposit.


ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

A Portable Refinery Powered by Garbage
Wild Grass Could Hold Key to Clean Fuels
Global Warming Worries to Boost Renewables
Tax Credits for Plug-In Hybrids

A Portable Refinery Powered by Garbage — (MIT Technology Review — February 14, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/18183/
Scientists have developed a portable machine that turns a variety of food waste and inorganic trash into electricity. Despite being small enough to transport in a 20-foot shipping container, the “tactical refinery” is three technologies in one: a bioreactor that uses enzymes and micro-organisms to turn food waste into ethanol; a gasification unit that turns plastics, paper, and other residual waste into methane and low-grade propane; and a modified diesel engine that can burn gas, ethanol, and diesel fuel in variable proportions.

Wild Grass Could Hold Key to Clean Fuels — (AFP — February 17, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070217/ts_alt_afp/usscienceenvironment
Miscanthus, a perennial grass native to subtropical and tropical regions of Africa and southern Asia, may be an ideal plant for producing ethanol at a lower cost than corn, currently the most widespread source of the fuel. The grass, which is used as an ornamental plant in the United States, had produced yields between five and 10 times greater than corn, experts said.

Global Warming Worries to Boost Renewables — (Reuters — February 25, 2007)
http://www.reuters.com/article/gc07/idUSL1672881820070225
Three decades after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter experimented with solar panels on the White House roof, grim U.N. warnings about climate change may kick-start wider global use of renewable energy. Governments from Japan to Germany are already subsidizing energies such as wind, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, solar or tidal power, spurred by worries about security of supply, climate change and high oil prices at about $60 a barrel.

Tax Credits for Plug-In Hybrids — (MIT Technology Review — March 1, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/18247/
Plug-in hybrid vehicles, which can be recharged using a standard wall outlet, are becoming increasingly practical because of advances in battery technology. And now the technology is also gaining support in Washington, with the promise that it could soon receive the type of federal tax incentives that have helped fuel the sales of conventional hybrid vehicles over the past several years. Depending on the configuration of the vehicle, people who drive less than 40 miles a day could use no gasoline at all, while the average U.S. driver could see fuel economy of 150 miles per gallon.


 

TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Record Power for Military Laser
Surveillance Cameras Get Smarter

Record Power for Military Laser — (BBC — February 22, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6380789.stm
A laser developed for military use is a few steps away from hitting a power threshold thought necessary to turn it into a battlefield weapon. The Solid State Heat Capacity Laser has achieved 67 kilowatts (kW) of average power in the laboratory. It could take only a further six to eight months to break the “magic” 100kW mark required for battlefield use.

Surveillance Cameras Get Smarter — (AP — February 25, 2007)
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SMART_SURVEILLANCE?
SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

The never-blinking surveillance cameras, rapidly becoming a part of daily life in public and even private places, may be sizing you up as well. And they may soon get a lot smarter. Researchers and security companies are developing cameras that not only watch the world but also interpret what they see. Soon, some cameras may be able to find unattended bags at airports, guess your height or analyze the way you walk to see if you are hiding something.


DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Fact or Fiction: Living People Outnumber the Dead
X-treme Eating
Americans Hate Their Jobs More Than Ever

Fact or Fiction: Living People Outnumber the Dead — (Scientific American — March 1, 2007)
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanId=sa003&articleId=09E07C6F-E7F2-99DF-3AD087F0DA77D94F
The human population has swelled so much that people alive today outnumber all those who have ever lived, says a factoid whose roots stretch back to the 1970s. Some versions of this widely circulating rumor claim that 75 percent of all people ever born are currently alive. Yet, despite a quadrupling of the population in the past century, the number of people alive today is still dwarfed by the number of people who have ever lived.

X-treme Eating — (BBC — February 27, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6399267.stm
Chain restaurants in the United States are promoting dangerous “X-treme Eating”, a US watchdog has said. Several individual dishes can exceed more than 2,000 calories – indeed, some American restaurant chains have menus that contain 2,000-calorie appetizers, 2,000-calorie main courses and 1,700 calorie desserts.

Americans Hate Their Jobs More Than Ever — (Live Science — February 26, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/070226_hate_jobs.html
Americans hate their jobs more than ever before in the past 20 years, with fewer than half saying they are satisfied. The trend is strongest among workers under the age of 25, less than 39% of whom are satisfied with their jobs. Workers age 45 to 54 have the second lowest level of satisfaction. Overall, dissatisfaction has spread among all workers, regardless of age, income or residence. Twenty years ago, the first time the survey was conducted, 61% of all Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. – Farmers’ Almanac, 1978


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

Dennis McKenna

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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.

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Jim McCarty

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Raymon Grace, one of the world’s most extraordinary dowsers, travels the world teaching and demonstrating how dowsing can be used by most anyone to change themselves and the world around them. His down-home, direct approach is sought out by many thousands of searchers who are looking for bettering their lives and dealing with the extraordinary change that the world is experiencing.

Paul H. Smith

Paul H. Smith is the longest-serving controlled remote viewing (CRV) teacher active today, having begun his career as an instructor in 1984. He served for seven years in the government’s Star Gate remote viewing program at Ft. Meade, MD (from September 1983 to August 1990). Starting 1984, he became one of only five Star Gate personnel to be personally trained as remote viewers by the legendary founders of remote viewing, Ingo Swann and Dr. Harold E. Puthoff at SRI-International.

Lee Carrol a.k.a. Kryon

Lee Carroll, Ph.D. has channeled Kryon for 25 years worldwide and is the author of the Kryon Series of 16 books in 24 languages. Well known in metaphysics, Kryon books have made the top seller’s list within months of their release. Having presented seven times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 33 different countries overseas, Lee attracts audiences in the thousands.

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.

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

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.

Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and abuse; the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11; and critical 9/11 intelligence failures. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

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.

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.

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

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.

Joe Dispenza

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Coxon

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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.

Mary Rodwell

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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.

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. 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.

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.