Volume 11, Number 18 – 11/03/08

Volume 11, Number 18 – 11/03/08PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENTA Vision for 2012 Planning for Extraordinary Change by John Petersen

John Petersen wrote his newest book “to provide a framework for the next administration – or any organization, for that matter – for thinking about how to deal with the great change that appears to be on the horizon”.  Priests, shamans, and holy men have been talking about the coming decade for hundreds of years.  Many scholars, examining the recurring patterns of history, also foresee major upheaval on the horizon. 

In the small, hard cover volume Petersen surveys the big changes that he sees converging in the next few years and presents alternative scenarios that may emerge from the confluence.   He highlights the unbelievable breakthroughs in knowledge, mindsets, and scientific capabilities that demonstrate our extraordinary capacity not just to preserve, but to evolve. 

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich has said that “A Vision for 2012 will stimulate you to think deeply about the challenges we face, the solutions we need, and the changes that should occur to prevent the bad changes that could occur”.  Former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart added “Even for those of us who have known John Petersen over the years, his insights into our revolutionary age still are enlightening, and often astonishing. As the Paul Revere of the early 21st century, his message is: The Future is Here!  He is a visionary with an ethical dimension and a too little known national asset. This deceptively short essay is a primer for an explosive future that is already upon us.  It should be required reading for the next President.”
PUNCTUATIONSBy John L. Petersen, editor

Well, as we have been saying for over two-and-a-half years now, it really appears that the world’s financial system is going to fail in a very significant way in the coming months.  We’re not talking about recession here.  It looks worse than that. 

My guess, from reading the folks who both have a reason to best understand the potential behavior of this system and have a track record of not being biased by ties to the institutions they are analyzing, is that we haven’t begun to see the bottom of this collapse.  Twelve to 18 months seems to be a common notion of when it begins to turn up . . . presuming, of course, that other significant events like rapid climate change or bird flu don’t come along and exacerbate things.

Our own Dr. David Martin laid out the emergence and evolution of this crisis in July of 2006 and has updated his assessment regularly with two Spring-side Chats (One and Two) here in Berkeley Springs.  

If you’d like a couple of other data points, consider these pieces by Nouriel Roubini and this NEWSHOUR interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Benoit Mandelbrot.  Roubini has been spot on about this whole thing up to now, outlining the 12 steps to the system’s meltdown in February of this year.  He now says there is another year or more to go. 

Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, and Mandelbrot, the best-known developer of fractal geometry, approach this crisis from a more theoretical perspective, trying to understand the potential behavior of an extraordinarily complicated system.  They say that this system is too complex for anyone to understand and that presents the distinct possibility of rolling, interconnected failures that build into what may be the most significant disruption since the American Revolution – this could be the most important event in the history of the country.  

The wild card in this mix seems to me to be the derivatives – all 60 to 600 TRILLION dollars worth of them.  There are differing estimates as to the amount that is in the system (part of the problem is that they are unregulated).  The operative issue is that they are (relatively) benign only until the group psychology changes.  If, for any reason, confidence in the system is significantly lost, there are good reasons to believe that, as Warren Buffett has suggested, the house of cards will come tumbling down. 

So it will be interesting, no matter what happens.

It’s clear that there is a new world beginning to emerge here that will be quite different from what we have found familiar all of our lives.  There are a number of authors who are responding to this transition by attempting to frame ideas and concepts about and for the new future.  Let me recommend a couple to you.

For quite some time now, James Howard Kunstler has been one of the most articulate and creative people following and reporting on this global shift.  His writing (The Long Emergency) and presentations on the systemic meltdown of the system make great, provocative reading and wonderful, entertaining listening.   Jim’s most recent book, World Made By Hand is great grist for futuring.  It is a scenario – in the form a fictional tale – about a post-petroleum future where horses are the only mode of land transportation and the old social system has been upset.  As with any good scenario, it causes one to think seriously about what might actually emerge out of all of this change.  I liked it.

Futurist Joe Coats has been thinking about the new world and how a new set of values might inform our societies.  His book, A Bill of Rights for 21st Century  America  is a very creative attempt to distill the shifting beliefs that underpin life in our rapidly changing world into a practical platform that could be the basis for the new era.  Quite provocative.

From his perch at George Washington University, Bill Halal has been continuing his broad-based cataloging of the world of technology.  His book, Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society,  is a rather comprehensive forecast of the future of science and technology that ranges widely through many possibilities including biogenetics, society online, deep space travel, shifting social structures, and even the age of consciousness.  It will help expand your mind.

And of course, there is the 2008 State of the Future, from The Millennium Project and Jerry Glenn and Ted Gordon.  This deep look at global futures has no parallel.  Jerry and Ted have been collecting input from their global network of futures practitioners for more than a decade now (I remember sitting in the meeting where they first announced the launch of MP), and cooking up global scenarios, analysis and forecasts on significant issues.  Among many other things, they detail global challenges, energy and environmental issues and include a CD on which resides 6,300 pages of information, including the cumulative work of the Millennium Project since 1996.  On the CD you’ll find a section on sustainable development, environmental security, future ethical issues . . . and an appendix of 2,600 pages.  It will keep you busy for a while!

Finally, I’d like to encourage you to support us here at The Arlington Institute. 

From the beginning of this endeavor, our philosophy has been, “We give our stuff away”.  Our interest has been to make what we know and think as generally and freely accessible to as many people as possible – with hope that FUTUREdition and the other things that we publish and events that we host will help to shape the extraordinary global transition that is carrying us into the future. 

That approach has worked.  I am constantly encouraged by the warm responses that we get from TAI friends around the world telling me of the value they receive from the newsletter and their appreciation for our alerts and other communications.  It’s always a happy surprise when I am approached at some meeting  somewhere on the other side of the world by a friendly face who begins to tell me why they really love FUTUREdition and how they appreciate the intellectual contribution that The Arlington Institute makes to their life. 

That encourages me to keep on pushing!

Now I’d like to ask you to do two things that would be very helpful to us here at TAI. 

First, recommend FUTUREdition to your friends.  Better yet, give it to your friends for Thanksgiving.  Don’t wait for Christmas!  It still doesn’t cost anything, has no advertising, and could really be helpful to those in your life that seriously wonder what might be coming their way. 

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It takes quite a bit of time and effort (and money) to run this little nonprofit.  Right now, things are tight and we need your help. 

We’ve got some great projects in the works.  One big one is to engage a large number of people to help design a model of the emerging new world.  Cooperation, sustainability, innovation, and resilience would be the underlying values in this new paradigm. It would be a place that presumes that we all are connected together . . . and demonstrates that a practical new way of living was possible.

We’ll look at all of the new ideas that we can find for economies, governments, legal and education systems, energy, ecology, etc.  There are all kinds of them popping up – seeding the landscape with alternatives of how the world might work in this new space.

With the current systems continuing to fail, with this model we could show humanity a new option – an emerging alternative.  We could provide hope, in an otherwise gloomy world.

There’s also serious interest in our WHETHEReport project: using advanced technology in a way that would produce an extraordinary breakthrough in anticipating futures. 

We’d build a revolutionary new capability to gather up unusual precognitive dreams and intuitions in multiple languages from around the world.  Map them and track them . . . and see how the global collective unconscious actually anticipates big disruptions. 

We know it works in principle.  In the past we’ve interacted with precog dreamers and have hundreds of case studies available to us of regular, every day people who had unusual, predictive dreams about the Asian tsunami and 9/11.  And, we’ve got the technology that will allow us to put it all together. 

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FUTURE FACTS – FROM THIS ISSUEScientists say that the Earth may be trapped in an abnormal bubble of space-time that is particularly void of matter. This condition could account for the apparent acceleration of the universe’s expansion. Researchers say they have a working prototype of a fully artificial heart ready for implanting in humans.  Vertical farming: Why not grow grains, vegetables and fruits right where the expanding crowds of consumers are – in the middle of a city, inside a tall glass building?Two inventors at the New University of Lisbon have found a way to use ordinary paper as the substrate for transistors, rather than silicon chips.A flute-playing robot is now able to teach beginners and play in a band. INSTITUTIONAL CHANGEParents Queue to Select Baby Gender – (BBC News – October 29, 2008)
It is possible to almost guarantee the sex of a baby using IVF and a type of embryo screening called Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). A growing number of British couples are undergoing procedures at clinics overseas to determine the gender of their babies. However, many patients who were planning to go abroad (because the procedure is illegal in the UK) were completely confused as to where it was legal and where it wasn’t. In most countries, PGD is used only for medical reasons. So if there is a genetic disease which runs in boys, couples would be allowed to have PGD to implant only female embryos. The US and Russia legally allow sex selection.

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NEW REALITIESDo We Live in a Giant Cosmic Bubble? – (Live Science – September 30, 2008)
If the notion of dark energy sounds improbable, get ready for an even more outlandish suggestion. Earth may be trapped in an abnormal bubble of space-time that is particularly void of matter. Scientists say this condition could account for the apparent acceleration of the universe’s expansion, for which dark energy currently is the leading explanation. Until now, there has been no good way to choose between dark energy or the void explanation, but a new study outlines a potential test of the bubble scenario.

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GENETICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY• Eliminating Viral Vector in Stem Cell Reprogramming
• Full Artificial Heart Implant
• Smart Insulin

Eliminating Viral Vector in Stem Cell Reprogramming – (Science Daily – October 12, 2008)
Previously, Shinya Yamanaka MD, PhD, of Kyoto University and the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (GICD) had shown that adult cells can be reprogrammed to become embryonic stem cell–like using a cancer-causing oncogene as one of the four genes required to reprogram the cells, and a virus to transfer the genes into the cells. In the last year, Dr. Yamanaka and other labs showed that the oncogene, c-Myc, is not needed. Now Dr. Yamanaka’s laboratory in Kyoto has eliminated the need for the virus.

Full Artificial Heart Implant – (BBC News – October 28, 2008)
Scientists say they have a working prototype of a fully artificial heart ready for implanting in humans. The device beats almost exactly like the real thing using electronic sensors to regulate heart rate and blood flow. Developers Carmat now need approval from the French authorities before pushing ahead with clinical trials. But heart experts warned it was still early days as previous attempts to create a fully artificial heart had failed during human testing. However, the power supply for the heart remains a significant hurdle.

Smart Insulin – (Technology Review – October 30, 2008)
An experimental drug for diabetes dispenses insulin in response to glucose levels. The injectable drug, called SmartInsulin, senses high glucose levels and automatically dispenses insulin on demand. As glucose levels drop off, the drug stabilizes, trapping insulin until the next glucose spike. Such a drug may cut down the number of insulin injections required to once a day.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES• Carbon Dioxide Scrubber Captures Greenhouse Gases
• Skyscraper Farming
• Time to Adapt as Earth Warms Up
• What’s Causing Bats to Drop Like Flies?

Carbon Dioxide Scrubber Captures Greenhouse Gases – (Phys Org – September 29, 2008)
University of Calgary climate change scientist David Keith and his team are working to efficiently capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide directly from the air, using near-commercial technology. The research is significant because air capture technology is the only way to capture CO2 emissions from transportation sources such as vehicles and airplanes. These so-called diffuse sources represent more than half of the greenhouse gases emitted on Earth.

Skyscraper Farming – (Scientific American – September 08, 2008)
A fanciful notion only a few years ago, vertical farming has captured the attention of large developers that are planning more sustainable cities. Why not grow grains, vegetables and fruits right where the expanding crowds of consumers are: in the middle of a city, inside a tall glass building? Poultry and pork could be reared there, too. A vertical farm would drastically reduce the fossil-fuel use and emissions associated with farm machinery and trucking, as well as the spread of fertilizer and its runoff. Crops could grow and be harvested year-round instead of at the end of one season, multiplying annual yield by at least four times.

Time to Adapt as Earth Warms Up – (Bloomberg – October 7, 2008)
Tasmanian salmon farmers are trying to breed a new species that can flourish in warmer ponds.
Along the coast in Britain the National Trust, a charity, is moving electricity sockets halfway up the wall in several buildings to safeguard against flooding from the sea. Adaptation is needed “so that humankind can cope with the significant inevitable climate change that we are already committed to,” according to Richard Somerville of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

What’s Causing Bats to Drop Like Flies? – (Scientific American – October 30, 2008)
Bat populations throughout northeastern New York State, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont have thinned by as much as 97%. In area bat caves, emaciated survivors were found hanging near cave entrances where it is typically too cold for them to stay the entire winter. The only clue to the mysterious phenomenon was a white, powdery fungus on the muzzles, ears and wings of the dead and dying bats. “Fungi are opportunistic pathogens,” David Blehert, a USGS microbiologist says, “they don’t usually attack and kill otherwise healthy animals.” One thing is certain, Blehert says, “Before the identification of white-nose syndrome, mass mortality events in bats as a result of disease were very rare.”

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ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS• Mass Production of Plastic Solar Cells
• Fuel-Cell Power-Up

Mass Production of Plastic Solar Cells – (Technology Review – October 17, 2008)
In a significant milestone in the deployment of flexible, printed photovoltaics, Konarka, a solar-cell startup based in Lowell, MA, has opened a commercial-scale factory, with the capacity to produce enough organic solar cells every year to generate one gigawatt of electricity, the equivalent of a large nuclear reactor. Organic solar cells could cut the cost of solar power by making use of inexpensive organic polymers rather than the expensive crystalline silicon used in most solar cells. What’s more, the polymers can be processed using low-cost equipment such as ink-jet printers or coating equipment employed to make photographic film, which reduces both capital and manufacturing costs compared with conventional solar-cell manufacturing.

Fuel-Cell Power-Up – (Technology Review – November/December, 2008)
A new process increases the energy output of methanol fuel cells by 50%.  MIT chemical-engineering professor Paula Hammond has developed what looks like thick Saran wrap. Though it appears un-remarkable, this polymer membrane can significantly increase the power output of a methanol fuel cell, which could make that technology suitable as a lighter, longer–lasting, and more environmentally friendly alternative to batteries in consumer electronics such as cell phones and laptops.

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• Study Shows Hotels’ Internet Connections Unsafe

Looks Good on Paper – (Economist – October 16, 2008)
Elvira Fortunato, Rodrigo Martins and their colleagues at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal believe they have found a novel use for paper: they have used it to make a transistor.  The two researchers built their transistors by coating both sides of a sheet of paper with semiconductors made of oxides of zinc, gallium and indium, rather than silicon. They then deposited aluminium onto the coated paper to connect the resulting components together. One side of the paper carried the control currents while the other carried the output currents. The paper thus acted as the dielectric between the components of each transistor, as well as being the substrate for the circuit, in the same way that the base of a silicon chip acts both as substrate and as dielectric.

Study Shows Hotels’ Internet Connections Unsafe – (Phys Org – October 1, 2008)
Travelers who use a hotel’s Internet network risk the possibility of data theft, concludes a new study from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. The analysis of the networks in 46 hotels and a survey of 147 U.S. hotels found that a majority of the hotels do not use all available tools to maintain network security. About 20% of the hotels surveyed still use simple hub-type systems, which are most vulnerable to hacking.

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TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE• Packs of Robots Will Hunt down Uncooperative Humans
• Watchdogs Battle Zombie Computer Networks as Attacks Double
• World Bank under Cyber Siege

Packs of Robots Will Hunt down Uncooperative Humans – (New Scientist – October 22, 2008)
According to a request from the Pentagon, it is looking for contractors to provide a “Multi-Robot Pursuit System” that will let packs of robots “search for and detect a non-cooperative human”. Steve Wright of Leeds Metropolitan University, an expert on police and military technologies, last year correctly predicted this pack-hunting mode of operation would happen. “The giveaway here is the phrase ‘a non-cooperative human subject’,” he said. “What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and become armed. We can also expect such systems to be equipped with human detection and tracking devices including sensors which detect human breath and the radio waves associated with a human heart beat. These are technologies already developed.”

Watchdogs Battle Zombie Computer Networks as Attacks Double – (Bloomberg – October 16, 2008)
The number of zombies out there lurking on desktops is growing. And to fight them, a band of Internet security experts is using a “neighborhood watch” approach and every honey pot it can muster. The Shadowserver Foundation’s worldwide daily count of zombie computers, which are infected with viruses and bent to malevolent purposes, doubled this month to 300,000 from 150,000 a year earlier. The spurt comes from more hackers linking machines to form botnets, networks they use to steal identities, attack Web sites and sell pilfered e-mail addresses to spammers. Internet crimes cost U.S. consumers and businesses $239 million in 2007, up 20% from the year before, according to government data.

World Bank under Cyber Siege – (Fox News – October 10, 2008)
The World Bank Group’s computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year. It is still not known how much information was stolen. But sources inside the bank confirm that servers in the institution’s highly-restricted treasury unit were deeply penetrated with spy software last April. Invaders also had full access to the rest of the bank’s network for nearly a month in June and July. In total, at least six major intrusions — two of them using the same group of IP addresses originating from China — have been detected at the World Bank since the summer of 2007, with the most recent breach occurring just last month.

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• Army Developing Synthetic Telepathy

A Robot Music Instructor – (Technology Review – October 30, 2008)
A clever flute-playing robot can teach beginners and play in a band. One of the more whimsical robots presented at BioRob 2008 was the latest version of the Waseda Flutist Robot, a robot musician first created in the 1990s. Jorge Solis, a researcher at Waseda University, in Japan, has been working on the robot since 2003, and he and other researchers recently made some important improvements, including adding more than 40 degrees of freedom to its body to make its flute playing more lifelike, and giving it the ability to recognize and interact with other human players.

Army Developing Synthetic Telepathy – (MSNBC – October 13, 2008)
The U.S. Army is developing a technology known as synthetic telepathy that would allow someone to create email or voice mail and send it by thought alone. The concept is based on reading electrical activity in the brain using an electroencephalograph, or EEG. Similar technology is being marketed as a way to control video games by thought. Mapping the brain’s response to most of the English language is a large task, and researchers say it will be 15-20 years before thought-based communication is a reality, but the work is underway.

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GLOBAL EPIDEMICRisk of Disease Rises with Water Temperatures – (Washington Post – October 20, 2008)
Scientists say, it is a near-certainty that global warming will drive significant increases in waterborne diseases around the world. For example, in 1991 a cholera outbreak that killed thousands in Peru was traced to plankton blooms fueled by warmer-than-usual coastal waters. Heavier rainfalls are one of the most agreed-upon effects of climate change. The consequences will be particularly severe in the 950 U.S. cities and towns – including New York, the District, Milwaukee and Philadelphia – that have “combined sewer systems,” archaic designs that carry storm water and sewage in the same pipes. During heavy rains, the systems often cannot handle the volume, and raw sewage spills into lakes or waterways, including drinking-water supplies.

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NANOTECHNOLOGYSecret Lives of Catalysts Revealed – (Berkeley Lab – October 21, 2008)
For the first time, nanoscale catalysts have been observed as they change during a reaction. With this development, scientists envision a new era of smarter catalysts that could be harnessed to fight pollution, feed hydrogen fuel cells, and drive fuel refinement techniques.

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TRENDS OF GOVERNMENTBorderline Security – (Technology Review – October 31, 2008)
For some U.S. travelers, border crossings can be sped up by enhanced driver’s licenses or by passport cards, wallet-sized plastic cards that are issued by the federal government and permit passage by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean. Both types of cards are cheaper than ordinary passports and contain radio frequency identification (RFID) devices that can be read at a distance. Such cards are relatively new. They’re part of the U.S. government’s “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative”, which changes the rules for crossing nearby borders as of July, 2009.

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CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACEAstronauts to Vote from Space – (NASA – October 27, 2008)
Commander Edward Michael Fincke and Flight Engineer and Science Officer Greg Chamitoff are living and working onboard the International Space Station. Though they are 220 miles above Earth and orbiting at 17,500 miles per hour, they will still participate in the upcoming election. A 1997 bill passed by Texas legislators sets up a technical procedure for astronauts – nearly all of whom live in Houston – to vote directly from space.

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ECONOMIC INDICATORSNature Loss Dwarfs Bank Crisis – (BBC News – October 10, 2008)
The global economy is losing more money from the disappearance of forests than through the current banking crisis, according to an EU-commissioned study headed by a Deutsche Bank economist . It puts the annual cost of forest loss at between $2 trillion and $5 trillion. The figure comes from adding the value of the various services that forests perform, such as providing clean water and absorbing carbon dioxide.

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DEMOGRAPHICSIndia’s Highway – (National Geographic – October, 2008)
A new superhighway linking India’s four major cities is bringing old and new India into jarring proximity. The Golden Quadrilateral (GQ), the brand-new, 3,633-mile expressway linking the country’s major population centers of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. It is part of the largest and most ambitious public infrastructure project in the country’s history, one with a social engineering goal at its heart: Much as the U.S. interstate highway system mobilized American society and grooved the postwar economy, India hopes the Golden Quadrilateral will push the country’s economic engine into overdrive—bringing the benefits of growth in its booming metropolises out to its impoverished villages, where more than half the population lives.

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JUST FOR FUNExtreme Resolution Photos and Lasers Create Virtual Yosemite – (Wired Magazine – October 31, 2008)
The Yosemite Extreme Panoramic Imaging Project is intended to help catalog and understand dangerous rock slides in Yosemite. Printed out at magazine-quality 300 dpi resolution, the photos stretch uninterrupted for 40 feet. “People have been documenting rock fall in Yosemite for 150 years but we’re doing it now with a precision that other people couldn’t have dreamed of,” park geologist Greg Stock said. “Every rock-fall event begins with the basic documentation: Where was it, how big was it, and why did it happen? And sometimes these photos are the only way of ascertaining those things.”

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A FINAL QUOTE…Thanking you once more, I want to wish you the best of luck for your future life and to conclude by saying to you: Dream your dreams and may they come true! – Felix Bloch, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, 1952.

A special thanks to: Ken Dabkowski, Ann Feeney, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, KurzweilAI, Planet 2025, Sebastian McCallister, Diane C. Petersen, Planet 2025, Abby Porter, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell and Gary Sycalik, 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.