Volume 8, Number 12 – 08/31/2005

Volume 8, Number 12
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

At The Arlington Institute, we believe that to understand the future, you need to have an open mind and cast a very wide net. To that end, FUTUREdition explores a cross-disciplinary palette of issues, from the frontiers of science and technology to major developments in mass media, geopolitics, the environment, and social perspectives.


John L. Petersen

The Food We Eat and the Health We Get
Here in Washington twenty-six years ago Nora Pouillon started what became the first certified organic restaurant in the U.S. Having eaten there on a number of occasions, I can tell you that it is particularly tasty as well as good food. Nora has thought a lot about food and farms and nutrition and is a very persuasive advocate for organic food. In the spring I heard her give a talk that was full of attention-getting facts and statistics about what we put in our mouths and where it comes from. You can find it here. Take a special look at the bullets on the second page.

Roberts v. The Future
In the case of Supreme Court nominees such as John Roberts, looking backwards may not be the most reliable way to predict the future. In the next 10 or 15 years, as technology and science continue to advance and as America’s demographic profile continues to change, the Supreme Court will, in all likelihood, be asked to decide an array of divisive issues that are now only dimly on the horizon. Rather than focusing on Roberts’s past, the senators questioning him might get a better sense of his performance on the Supreme Court by imagining the issues of the next generation.



  • Placebos actually have a real physical, not imagined, effect activating the production of chemicals in the brain that relieve pain.
  • Researchers at Harvard believe they have come closer to deciphering knotted string communications by the ancient Incas.
  • It is now possible to control the speed of light using off-the-shelf instrumentation in normal environmental conditions
  • Researchers are working to develop a “spatiotemporal” data mining system for finding and tracking toxic algae blighting North American waters
  • An advance in nanotechnology may lead to the creation of artificial muscles, super strong electric cars and wallpaper-thin electronics




Look, Ma, No Schoolbooks!
Paper’s Natural Fingerprint Could Be Built-In Passport Protection

Look, Ma, No Schoolbooks! — (Wired News — August 18, 2005)
Students at Empire High School here started class this year with no textbooks — but it wasn’t because of a funding crisis. Instead, the school issued iBooks — laptop computers by Apple Computer — to each of its 340 students, becoming one of the first U.S. public schools to shun printed textbooks. School officials believe the electronic materials will get students more engaged in learning.

Paper’s Natural Fingerprint Could Be Built-In Passport Protection — (Scientific American — July 28, 2005)
With identity theft on the rise, there is more reason than ever to ensure the authenticity of important documents such as passports and birth certificates. Now physicists have discovered that many items, including paper documents, plastic cards and product packaging, have intrinsic patterns that can be used for identification purposes. And because the configurations are virtually impossible to modify in a controllable manner, they could form the basis of a new tool in the fight against fraud.



Experts Decipher Inca Strings
Light That Travels … Faster Than Light!

Experts Decipher Inca Strings — (BBC — August 24, 2005)
Researchers believe they have come closer to deciphering knotted string communications used by the ancient Incas. Harvard University researchers Gary Urton and Carrie Brezine used computers to analyze 21 khipu (coloured, knotted pieces of string) which are believed to have been used for accounting information. Experts say one bunch of knots appears to identify a city, marking the first intelligible word from the extinct South American civilization.

Light That Travels … Faster Than Light! — (Science Daily — August 22, 2005)
A team of researchers has successfully demonstrated, for the first time, that it is possible to control the speed of light both slowing it down and speeding it up in an optical fiber, using off-the-shelf instrumentation in normal environmental conditions. Their results could have implications that range from optical computing to the fiber-optic telecommunications industry.



Ocean Bug has Smallest Genome
Whew! Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny
Baltimore Patient Receives New Heart Pump
Cord Blood Yields Ethical Embryonic Stem Cells
Biological Bandage Heals Faster
Recipe for DNA Decoding Revealed
Placebos Trigger an Opioid Hit in the Brain

Ocean Bug has Smallest Genome — (BBC News — August 19, 2005)
Small but perfectly formed, ‘Pelagibacter ubique’ is a lean machine stripped down to the bare essentials for life. Humans have around 30,000 genes that determine everything from our eye color to our sex but Pelagibacter has just 1,354. What is more, Pelagibacter has none of the genetic clutter that most genomes have accumulated over time.

Whew! Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny — (Wired News — August 16, 2005)
As scientists discover more about the “epigenome,” a layer of biochemical reactions that turns genes on and off, they’re finding that it plays a big part in health and heredity. By mapping the epigenome and linking it with genomic and health information, scientists believe they can develop better ways to predict, diagnose and treat disease.

Baltimore Patient Receives New Heart Pump — (Newsday — August 19, 2005)
University of Maryland Medical Center surgeons say they’ve moved one step closer to developing the perfect heart pump after implanting the device into a 40-year-old Baltimore man. The pump is intended to help patients that need long-term heart assistance. Surgeons also hope the pump can be used as a “bridge” for patients awaiting transplants.

Cord Blood Yields Ethical Embryonic Stem Cells — (New Scientist — August 23, 2005)
Hopes for treating disease with stem cells from umbilical cord blood has received a major boost, following the discovery of primitive cells with clinical potential matching that of the far more controversial embryonic stem cells (ESCs). The latter are originally derived from human fetuses, which are then destroyed, and have become a major ethical issue.

Biological Bandage Heals Faster — (The Times of India — August 23, 2005)
Using human fetal cells, scientists have developed a new type of “biological bandage” for severe burns, a treatment that speeds and improves the healing process and may prove effective for other serious skin wounds.

Recipe for DNA Decoding Revealed — (Scientific American — August 5, 2005)
Scientists hope to soon add an individual’s genetic sequence to the commercial market. Full-genome DNA decoding, estimated to now cost $20 million, could soon be done for about $2.2 million, experts say, and will continue to drop in price as researchers develop new ways to conquer the task.

Placebos Trigger an Opioid Hit in the Brain — (New Scientist — August 24, 2005)
Placebos have a real physical, not imagined, effect activating the production of chemicals in the brain that relieve pain, a new study suggests. Placebos are treatments that use substances which have no active ingredient. But if people are told that what they are being given contains an active painkiller, for example, they often feel less pain, an effect that has normally been considered psychological. Now researchers have confirmed that placebos relieve pain by boosting the release of endorphins.



Nanotech Researchers Report Big Breakthrough
Nanotech Transistor Powers Up

Nanotech Researchers Report Big Breakthrough — (USA TODAY — August 23, 2005)
An advance in nanotechnology may lead to the creation of artificial muscles, super strong electric cars and wallpaper-thin electronics, researchers report. Self-supporting, transparent and stronger than steel or high-strength plastics, the sheets are flexible and can be heated to emit light. A square mile of the thinnest sheets, about 2-millionths-of-an-inch thick, would weigh only about 170 pounds.

Nanotech Transistor Powers Up — (Nature — August 14, 2005)
The first electrical switch made entirely from carbon nanotubes has been unveiled. Its inventors hope that it could help to replace silicon chips with faster, cheaper, smaller components. The device is a Y-shaped nanotube that behaves like a transistor, such as those found in every electronic device in your home. Current flowing from one branch to another can be switched on and off by applying a voltage to the third. The switching is perfect – the current is either on or off, with nothing in between.



Scientists Race to Head Off Lethal Potential of Avian Flu
Indonesian Polio Epidemic Poses Real Risk to Asia

Scientists Race to Head Off Lethal Potential of Avian Flu — (Washington Post — August 23, 2005)
Strains of influenza virus known as A/H5N1 have been spreading in wild and domestic birds across Southeast Asia and China since 1996. In recent weeks, the virus has apparently struck poultry in Siberia and Kazakhstan. Since late 2003, about 100 million domesticated birds — mostly chickens and ducks — either have died of the virus or have been intentionally killed to keep the viruses from spreading.

Indonesian Polio Epidemic Poses Real Risk to Asia — (New Scientist — August 19, 2005)
The ongoing and expanding polio epidemic in Indonesia poses a real risk of spreading the deadly disease to the rest of Asia, according to polio eradication experts. If polio does spread to nearby countries such as China, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines, it would be much harder to control than its recent onslaught through Africa and into the Middle East, says the coordinator of the World Health Organization’s Global Eradication Initiative.



IBM Brains Capture a PC’s Soul
Project Aims to Create 3D Television by 2020
Pen Pal
Supercomputer’s Key to the Brain
Blu-Ray Ups Ante on Data Storage
Billboards Beam Adverts to Passing Cell Phones

IBM Brains Capture a PC’s Soul — (C|Net News — August 12, 2005)
Researchers at IBM are testing software that would let you tote your home or office desktop around on an iPod or similar portable device so that you could run it on any PC. The virtual computer user environment setup is called SoulPad. After the person disconnects the system, SoulPad saves all work to the device, including browser cookies or other digital signatures that a PC keeps in its short-term memory.

Project Aims to Create 3D Television by 2020 — (Reuters — August 19, 2005)

Imagine watching a football match on a TV that not only shows the players in three dimensions but also lets you experience the smells of the stadium and maybe even pat a goal scorer on the back. Japan plans to make this futuristic television a commercial reality by 2020. The targeted virtual reality television would allow people to view high-definition images in 3D from any angle, in addition to being able to touch and smell the objects being projected upwards from a screen parallel to the floor.

Pen Pal — (BBC News — August 15, 2005)
The idea of remembering word patterns and connecting the dots might not sound like an easy way to write an e-mail. But researchers are betting that tracing letters on a touch screen will become the way to write on a handheld device like a PDA or mobile phone. They have developed software that works by recognizing the patterns of words.

Supercomputer’s Key to the Brain — (BBC News — August 20, 2005)
The quest to simulate the mammalian brain on the world’s most powerful supercomputer is neuroscience’s most ambitious project yet. Recently advancements in this area of science have been limited by the power of computers. But in Switzerland, the Blue Brain Project aims to change this by simulating the structures and functions of the brain.

Blu-Ray Ups Ante on Data Storage — (Wired News — August 17, 2005)
Storage capacity is the key difference between a Blu-ray optical disc and a DVD. Standard DVD capacities peak at around 4.7 GB for DVD-Rs. With up to 50 GB of available storage space, the capacity of commercially available Blu-ray discs is comparable to that of many external PC hard drives used for backing up data.

Billboards Beam Adverts to Passing Cell Phones — (New Scientist — August 22, 2005)
Ignoring adverts is about to get a lot tougher with the development of billboards and advertising posters that use Bluetooth to beam video ads direct to passing cell phones. As people walk past the posters they receive a message on their phone asking them if they wish to accept the advert. If they do, they can receive movies, animations, music or still images further promoting the advertised product.



Key Argument for Global Warming Critics Evaporates
Field Tests Unite Weather And Climate Models
Tech to Thwart Food Poisoning, Bioterror
Food for Thought: Crop Diversity is Dying
Monsoons May Dry Up

Key Argument for Global Warming Critics Evaporates — (Live Science — August 24, 2005)
For years, skeptics of global warming have used satellite and weather balloon data to argue that climate models were wrong and that global warming isn’t really happening. It turns out those conclusions based on satellite and weather balloon data were derived from faulty analyses. The atmosphere is indeed warming, not cooling as the data previously showed.

Field Tests Unite Weather And Climate Models — (Science Daily — August 22, 2005)
Researchers from NASA and several other government and academic institutions have created four new supercomputer simulations that for the first time combine their mathematical computer models of the atmosphere, ocean, land surface and sea ice. These simulations are the first field tests of the new Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF).

Tech to Thwart Food Poisoning, Bioterror — (C|Net News — August 16, 2005)
Scientists hope to use a new mathematical technique to detect red tides, or toxic algae in the ocean, before infected shellfish can make people green. Researchers are working with various government offices to develop a “spatiotemporal” data mining system for finding and tracking toxic algae blighting North American waters. The toxins not only kill marine life, but also cause many people to get ill upon eating tainted shellfish.

Food for Thought: Crop Diversity is Dying — (International Herald Tribune — August 23, 2005)
Historically, humans utilized more than 7,000 plant species to meet their basic food needs, says researchers. Today, due to the limitations of modern large-scale, mechanized farming, only 150 plant species are under cultivation, and the majority of humans live on only 12 plant species.

Monsoons May Dry Up — (Nature — August 15, 2005)
The Indian monsoon, which waters India’s agriculture, could run dry because of human impacts on the environment, a team of climate researchers has warned. Researchers say that the monsoon has two major settings: on, as at present, and off, when it produces very little rainfall. A switch-off would be catastrophic for India’s main crop, rice, which depends on heavy monsoon rains.



RFID to Track Army Supplies in Iraq
VR Goggles Heal Scars of War
Soviet Germ Factories Pose New Threat
War Plans Drafted to Counter Terror Attacks in U.S.
Project Lets Army Dig Deep into Underground Data

RFID to Track Army Supplies in Iraq — (C|Net News — August 19, 2005)
Australian troops in Iraq will use radio frequency identification tags to monitor the movement of their equipment. The Australian Defense Force wants to improve the monitoring and control of its critical distribution network, which provides items like rations and weapons to armed forces. In order to improve visibility of supplies in the network, pallets and containers in Iraq will be RFID-tagged starting in February.

VR Goggles Heal Scars of War — (Wired News — August 22, 2005)
I’m inside a virtual-reality simulation of a war zone in Iraq. High-resolution goggles cover my eyes and headphones cover my ears. Hollywood special-effects pros and game developers are coming together to develop new immersive simulation technologies for the military. Most are used as training tools, but this time, the goal is to help combatants cope with the personal psychological effects of war in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soviet Germ Factories Pose New Threat — (Washington Post — August 23, 2005)
Soviet labs today are seeking to fill a critical role in preventing epidemics in regions where medical services and sanitation have deteriorated since Soviet times. But an equally pressing challenge is security: How to prevent the germ collections and biological know-how from being sold or stolen. The potential is that terrorists and criminals would have little problem acquiring the resources that reside in these facilities.

War Plans Drafted to Counter Terror Attacks in U.S. — (Washington Post– August 23, 2005)
The U.S. military has devised its first-ever war plans for guarding against and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States, envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several simultaneous strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans.

Project Lets Army Dig Deep into Underground Data — (C|Net News — August 22, 2005)
Soldiers combing the mountains of Afghanistan or the deserts of Iraq for subterranean stashes of weapons of mass destruction–or even the elusive Osama bin Laden–may soon have help. Silicon Graphics Inc plans to collaborate with the U.S. Army over the next several months on what it has dubbed a Subterranean Target Identification program. The program would allow soldiers to use seismic data from the Earth to help them feel out the presence of underground bunkers.



Rock n Roll Robot Regains Its Feet
Thin Skin Will Help Robots Feel

Rock n Roll Robot Regains Its Feet — (New Scientist — August 19, 2005)
A humanoid robot with an exceptionally nimble knack for getting back on its feet after a fall has been developed by researchers in Japan. Named R Daneel, the robot kicks up its legs and rolls back onto its shoulders to gain the momentum it needs to rock up onto its feet and into a crouching position. This might be fairly easy for a human to do, but for the 60-kilogram bot, it requires a relaxed attitude to body control.

Thin Skin Will Help Robots Feel — (BBC — August 23, 2005)
Japanese researchers have developed a flexible artificial skin that could give robots a humanlike sense of touch. The team manufactured a type of “skin” capable of sensing pressure and another capable of sensing temperature. These are supple enough to wrap around robot fingers and relatively cheap to make, the researchers have claimed.



Orchestrating the World’s Most Powerful Laser
Coal-Powered Fuel Cell Aims for Efficiency
The Breaking Point
Start-Up Sees New Dawn for Old Solar Tech
World Running Out of Time for Oil Alternatives
Support Grows for Plug-In Hybrids

Orchestrating the World’s Most Powerful Laser — (Science and Technology Review — July 8, 2005)
When completed, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) will be, by far, the world’s largest and most energetic laser and a major international scientific resource. Designed to study the physics of matter at extreme densities, pressures, and temperatures, NIF will use 192 laser beams to compress fusion targets to conditions required for thermonuclear ignition and burn. In the process, more energy will be liberated than is used to initiate the fusion reactions.

Coal-Powered Fuel Cell Aims for Efficiency — (New Scientist — August 24, 2005)
A new coal-powered fuel cell may lead to a more efficient way of extracting energy from the fossil fuel than simply burning it. The idea was to look at a way of converting the chemical energy in coal directly into electrical energy, says researchers. A new design allows electricity to be generated at just 100 C, a temperature that is far easier to work with than in previous experiments.

The Breaking Point — (Energy Bulletin — August 23, 2005)
The Saudis say they can boost production to 12.5 million barrels a day, or 15 million, or more. But there is a limit to how much you can ask of the earth, and it is fast approaching. Some experts see an oil shortage looming, saying it is consumers, not producers, who are to blame.

Start-Up Sees New Dawn for Old Solar Tech — (C|Net News — August 14, 2005)
A Phoenix-based start-up has raised $20 million to parlay a quirky, early-19th-century engine design repeatedly discarded as antiquated into a multibillion-dollar solar energy company. The solar technology is about three times as efficient as silicon-based photovoltaic solar cells, which means it could be economically viable as an alternative energy source as traditional energy costs rise.

World Running Out of Time for Oil Alternatives — (Reuters (Science) — August 18, 2005)

The world could run out of time to develop cleaner alternatives to oil and other fossil fuels before depletion drives prices through the roof, a leading energy researcher predicted. It could take decades to make alternatives affordable to the point where they can be used widely, although high oil prices were already stimulating such research.

Support Grows for Plug-In Hybrids — (Wired News — August 16, 2005)
A car that can both reduce greenhouse gases and free America from its reliance on foreign oil is years or even decades away, yet one man says such a car is already parked in his garage. It looks like a typical Toyota Prius hybrid, but in the trunk sits an 80-miles-per-gallon secret: a stack of 18 brick-sized batteries that boosts the car’s high mileage with an extra electrical charge so it can burn even less fuel.



Copycat Chimps are Cultural Conformists
Silver Surfers
Today’s Baby Boomers Are Heavier And More Likely to Have Arthritis

Copycat Chimps are Cultural Conformists — (New Scientist — August 22, 2005)
Humans are not the only conformists in the animal kingdom. New research shows that chimpanzees also tend to imitate their peers, suggesting that the human penchant for follow-the-leader may be more deeply rooted than thought.

Silver Surfers — (BBC News — August 14, 2005)
Silver surfers are about to burst through the doors of the virtual shopping mall, so retailers be ready to cater to them. With the online shopping market set to grow to 60bn by 2010, retailers could be throwing away billions if they fail to invest in the older online shopper, says research by the Future Foundation. Already nearly one in every four adults in the UK has bought goods online in the past six months, double the amount three years ago.

Today’s Baby Boomers Are Heavier And More Likely to Have Arthritis — (Science Daily — August 23, 2005)
Baby-boomers have spent more years living with more obesity than the previous generation, researchers at have found. Although it may be too early to tell whether this will lead to a rise in arthritis rates, the study shows more obesity-related arthritis among baby boomers compared to the previous generation.



Africa’s 200 Million Empty Plates

Food security has been on the decline since 1970 in sub-Sahara Africa, with the number of malnourished children and adults growing from 88 million to an estimated 200 million by 2010, according to a new report. If current trends continue, the most vulnerable population, kids under five, would be hit hardest.



“We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.” —Charles F. Kettering


A special thanks to Bernard Calil, Humera Khan, Deanna Korda, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane Petersen, John C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell, and Richard May, our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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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

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joni Patry

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Alain Nu

Las Vegas headliner, Alain Nu – “The Man Who Knows”, brings us his mind-bending mental and metaphysical abilities. His highly entertaining and most provocative show intermingles feats of mind-reading and spoon bending with other baffling demonstrations that defy explanation.

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.

Joey Korn

Joey Korn is one of the most accomplished dowsers in the world. Known internationally for an extraordinary ability to change and manipulate energy at all levels, he brings a deep, practical understanding of how to balance these energies . . . and change the way that they influence humans and their lives.

Jim McCarty

In 1980, Jim McCarty joined L/L Research where Don Elkins and Carla L. Rueckert were researching the field of the paranormal in general, and contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in particular. Soon later the Ra Contact began, producing 106 sessions with the social memory complex of Ra. Five books of The Law of One series were published documenting this contact.

Charles Eisenstein

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Raymon Grace

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.

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia, 1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 4 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.