Volume 8, Number 14 – 09/27/2005

Volume 8, Number 14
09/27/2005
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.


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • Bomb-generated carbon isotopes trapped in tooth enamel from above ground nuclear tests that occurred between 1955 and 1963 may provide a more precise method for determining a deceased individual’s age than other forensic methods can.
  • Researchers have created the world’s smallest untethered, controllable robot. The machine is about as wide as a strand of human hair, and half the length of the period at the end of this sentence.
  • US surgeons are to interview a shortlist of patients hoping to be the first to receive a face transplant. The procedure would take about 10 hours.
  • Researchers were able to take several 10-minute sound recordings of users typing at a keyboard, feed the audio into a computer, and use an algorithm to recover up to 96 percent of the characters entered.

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

How Far Should Fingerprints Be Trusted?
Dutch to Open Electronic Files on Children
Google Takes On Copyright Laws
Petitioning Parliament by Mouse

How Far Should Fingerprints Be Trusted? — (New Scientist — September 19, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18725174.500
A High-profile court case in Massachusetts is once again casting doubt on the claimed infallibility of fingerprint evidence. If the case succeeds it could open the door to numerous legal challenges. The doubts follow cases in which the testimony of fingerprint examiners has turned out to be unreliable.

Dutch to Open Electronic Files on Children — (Yahoo — September 22, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050913/ap_on_re_eu/netherlands_child_files
The Dutch government plans to open an electronic file on every child at birth as a tool to spot and protect the troubled kids of the future. Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, all citizens will be tracked from cradle to grave in a single database, including health, education, family and police records, the health ministry said.

Google Takes On Copyright Laws — (Wired — September 19, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,68901,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_10
With Google’s book-scanning program set to resume in earnest this fall, copyright laws that long preceded the internet look to be headed for a digital-age test. The outcome could determine how easy it will be for people with internet access to benefit from knowledge that’s now mostly locked up — in books sitting on dusty library shelves, many of them out of print.

Petitioning Parliament by Mouse — (BBC — September 19, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4243110.stm
E-democracy projects are springing up all over the UK. Doing its bit for e-democracy is the Scottish parliament which has been running an e-petitioning system for a year now. While other e-democracy schemes tend to be initiated on an ad-hoc and temporary basis, the newly formed Scottish parliament is giving e-petitioning a solid two-year trial.


 

NEW REALITIES

Legacy of Nuclear Tests May Provide New Forensic Tool
Titan’s Long-Sought Sea Revealed by Radar
Most Distant Cosmic Blast Sighted
Solar Minimum Explodes
Amazonian Ants Use Own Herbicide to Poison Unwanted Plants
Flying Reptiles Just Got Bigger

Legacy of Nuclear Tests May Provide New Forensic Tool — (Scientific American — September 15, 2005)
http://sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=000992D1-85E9-1328-85E983414B7F0000
A legacy of atmospheric atomic bomb testing is present in an unlikely place: people’s teeth. Bomb-generated carbon isotopes trapped in tooth enamel may provide a more precise method for determining a deceased individual’s age than other forensic methods can.

Titan’s Long-Sought Sea Revealed by Radar — (New Scientist — September 22, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8015
The first sea discovered on any surface other than Earth’s may have been found on Saturn’s moon Titan. New radar images from the Cassini spacecraft, which made its eighth close approach to the moon, have revealed what appears to be a very distinct shoreline, fed by meandering channels carved deeply in the surrounding terrain.

Most Distant Cosmic Blast Sighted — (BBC — September 13, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4237800.stm
Astronomers have witnessed the most distant cosmic explosion on record: a gamma-ray burst that has come from the edge of the visible Universe. The gamma-ray burst probably marked the death of a massive star as it collapsed into a black hole.

Solar Minimum Explodes — (NASA — September 19, 2005)
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/15sep_solarminexplodes.htm?list750202
On Sept. 7th, a huge sunspot rounded the sun’s eastern limb. As soon as it appeared, it exploded, producing one of the brightest x-ray solar flares of the Space Age. In the days that followed, the growing spot exploded eight more times. Each powerful “X-flare” caused a shortwave radio blackout on Earth and pumped new energy into a radiation storm around our planet. The blasts hurled magnetic clouds toward Earth, and when they hit, on Sept 10th and 11th, ruby-red auroras were seen as far south as Arizona.

Amazonian Ants Use Own Herbicide to Poison Unwanted Plants — (Scientific American — September 22, 2005)
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?SID=mail&articleID=00029027-F4FC-1331-B4FC83414B7F0000&chanID=sa003
A species of ants in the Amazon rainforest controls its environment by selectively killing off plants it doesn’t like, a new study reveals. The findings indicate that a formic acid herbicide produced and used by ants is responsible for single-species swatches of trees.

Flying Reptiles Just Got Bigger — (BBC — September 13, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4223658.stm
Scientists are only now starting to recognize the astonishing size reached by pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived at the time of the dinosaurs. New discoveries in the Americas suggest some had wingspans of 18m (60ft).


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Embryo With Two Mothers Approved
The Making of A Fat Cell
Stem Cells Help More Mice Walk
US Plans First Face Transplant
New Shades Battle Boiling Brains
Unusual Antibiotics Show Promise Against Deadly Superbugs
Companies to Develop Drug to Kill E.Coli

Embryo With Two Mothers Approved — (BBC — September 22, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4225564.stm
UK scientists have won permission to create a human embryo that will have genetic material from two mothers. Researchers will transfer genetic material created when an egg and sperm fuse into another woman’s egg. The groundbreaking work aims to prevent mothers from passing on certain genetic diseases.

The Making of A Fat Cell — (Science Daily — September 15, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050915002021.htm
A new study reveals critical molecular events in the origin of fat cells. The findings are central to understanding chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, as fat cells produce hormones critical for metabolic control, the researchers predicted.

Stem Cells Help More Mice Walk — (Wired — September 22, 2005)
http://wired.com/news/print/0,1294,68913,00.html
Injections of human stem cells seem to directly repair some of the damage caused by spinal cord injury, according to research that helped partially paralyzed mice walk again. The experiment isn’t the first to show that stem cells offer tantalizing hope for spinal cord injury — other scientists have helped mice recover, too. But the new work went an extra step, suggesting the connections that the stem cells form to help bridge the damaged spinal cord are key to recovery.

US Plans First Face Transplant — (BBC — September 19, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4259538.stm
US surgeons are to interview a shortlist of patients hoping to be the first to receive a face transplant. Doctors in the US have already carried out the procedure on bodies donated for medical research. The chance it will work is around 50% and experts have expressed safety and ethical concerns about the procedure.

New Shades Battle Boiling Brains — (Wired — September 15, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,68744,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_5
An advanced sensor patch built into the nosepiece of GMI Medical Instrumentation’s new TechXtreme sunglasses monitors the wearer’s brain-temperature level, and the results are streamed wirelessly to a numerical display on a sports watch. The sunglasses could save the lives of athletes, construction workers and anyone else who faces the risk of heatstroke.

Unusual Antibiotics Show Promise Against Deadly Superbugs — (EurekAleft — September 15, 2005)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-08/acs-uas081905.php
An unusual type of antibiotic being developed by chemists shows promise in defeating deadly superbugs – highly drug-resistant staph bacteria that are an increasing source of hospital-based infections. The drug gets inside bacteria by mimicking a component of their cell walls and then deactivates an enzyme that usually protects the microbes, triggering a deadly chain of events.

Companies to Develop Drug to Kill E.Coli — (Yahoo — September 15, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050915/ap_on_bi_ge/india_us_e_coli_drug;_ylt=Ahvrtldm0FWAWC8QcA10mtKs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3czJjNGZoBHNlYwM3NTE-
U.S. pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. plans to work with an Indian firm to develop a drug that uses benign viruses to kill the deadly E. coli bacteria in cattle, the Indian company said. The drug can help prevent the bacteria from spreading to humans through contaminated beef, which causes 70,000 infections and a few dozen deaths each year in the United States alone.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Researchers Build World’s Smallest Mobile Robot

Researchers Build World’s Smallest Mobile Robot — (Dartmouth — September 15, 2005)
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2005/09/14.html
Researchers have contributed to the miniaturizing trend by creating the world’s smallest untethered, controllable robot. Their extremely tiny machine is about as wide as a strand of human hair, and half the length of the period at the end of this sentence. About 200 of these could march in a line across the top of a plain M&M.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Common Flu Drugs Meet Growing Resistance
Pregnancy Test Link to Frog Fall
Hurricane Floods May Boost West Nile Virus
World Has Slim Chance to Stop Bird Flu Pandemic
BSE Blood Test Gives New Hope

Common Flu Drugs Meet Growing Resistance — (MedPage Today — September 22, 2005)
http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/URItheFlu/tb/1781
About 12% of influenza A strains worldwide have developed resistance to the most commonly used anti-flu drugs, including avian flu strains found in poultry and people in Asia. To make matters worse, researchers said that flu vaccines appear to work pretty well at protecting the elderly in long-term care facilities, but come up short when it comes to preventing the spread of influenza in the community.

Pregnancy Test Link to Frog Fall — (BBC — September 19, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4257232.stm
A disease threatening amphibians worldwide may have spread because of the use of frogs in pregnancy tests. In the 1930s, African frogs were exported for use in human pregnancy tests and it is suggested they may have carried a fungal disease with them. The spread of chytridiomycosis is now a major cause of amphibian decline.

Hurricane Floods May Boost West Nile Virus — (New Scientist — September 15, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7922
The threat to human health in Louisiana may continue in the following months if stagnant floodwaters from Katrina cause a rise in the number of mosquitoes that spread the potentially deadly West Nile virus, experts are warning.

World Has Slim Chance to Stop Bird Flu Pandemic — (Reuters — September 22, 2005)
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SYD202011.htm
The initial outbreak of a bird flu pandemic may not be very contagious, affecting only a few people, giving the world just weeks to contain the deadly virus before it spreads and kills millions. But the chance of containment is limited as the pandemic may not be detected until it has already spread to several countries, like the SARS virus in 2003, and avian flu vaccines developed in advance will have little impact on the pandemic virus.

BSE Blood Test Gives New Hope — (The Guardian — September 15, 2005)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/bse/article/0,2763,1558582,00.html
A blood test for the rogue proteins that cause BSE, or mad cow disease, has been developed by US scientists, raising hopes that people could soon be screened for the human form of the condition, vCJD. The breakthrough could protect patients receiving blood transfusions and organ transplants, and help experts to predict the size of any future vCJD epidemic in Britain.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Shifting to Photonic Clocking
Camera Phones Will Be High-Precision Scanners
Airgo Raises Bar for Wireless-Network Speeds
Sound Advice for Balance Problems

Shifting to Photonic Clocking — (Electronic Engineering Times — September 19, 2005)
http://www.eetasia.com/ARTP_8800376825_499488.HTM
In the microprocessor industry, copper interconnects are finding limitations as data-transmission bandwidth and processor speed continue to rise. The recognized solution is to change from electronic to photonic interconnects for both data transport and clocking. Photonic clocking not only solves the limitations of electronic clocking, but also reduces jitter, skew, delay, crosstalk and power consumption while maintaining clock signal integrity for longer distances.

Camera Phones Will Be High-Precision Scanners — (New Scientist — September 15, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7998
New software goes further than existing cellphone camera technology by allowing entire documents to be scanned simply by sweeping the phone across the page. As a page is being scanned the optical character recognition (OCR) software takes dozens of still images of the page and effectively merges them together using the outline of the page as a reference guide.

Airgo Raises Bar for Wireless-Network Speeds — (Yahoo — September 22, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nf/20050914/bs_nf/38196
A Wireless technology company has introduced the next generation of its multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) chipsets that the company said will leave Wi-Fi and Ethernet in the dust in terms of transmission speeds. The third-generation “True MIMO” chipset will deliver data rates of up to 240 Mbps, some three times faster than current wireless-network offerings.

Sound Advice for Balance Problems — (BBC — September 19, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4249408.stm
A device worn like an iPod could help correct balance problems by signaling when the wearer starts to veer off course. Balance problems are common in the elderly and can also be caused by certain diseases and medications that weaken the sensory signals we use to stay upright. The new device uses different sounds that the wearer quickly learns to associate with different positions.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

The Climax of Humanity
New Report on Mercury in Fish
NASA Satellite Data Provides Rapid Analysis of Amazon Deforestation
Ancient Humans Altered Climate
Climate Food Crisis to Deepen

The Climax of Humanity — (Scientific American — September 13, 2005)
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&colID=1&articleID=00031010-F7DA-1304-B72683414B7F0000
Demographically and economically, our era is unique in human history. Depending on how we manage the next few decades, we could usher in environmental sustainability–or collapse. As humanity grows in size and wealth, it increasingly presses against the limits of the planet. Already we pump out carbon dioxide three times as fast as the oceans and land can absorb it; midcentury is when climatologists think global warming will really begin to bite. At the rate things are going, the world’s forests and fisheries will be exhausted even sooner.

New Report on Mercury in Fish — (Science Daily — September 19, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20050919-12374800-bc-eat2live-swordfish.xml
Americans are now eating more fish than ever — 16 pounds a year per capita in 2003, an increase on 2002 of 4 percent. And with more and more focus on healthy eating, the figure will only go up. But though we consider fish the healthiest food choice, they readily absorb the pollutants and toxins that flow into the oceans from land-based industries and common household products like lawn fertilizer.

NASA Satellite Data Provides Rapid Analysis of Amazon Deforestation — (Science Daily — September 15, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050914105508.htm
Scientists have used satellite imagery of the Amazon for more than 30 years to seek answers about this diverse ecosystem and the patterns and processes of land cover change. This technology continues to advance and a new study shows that NASA satellite images can allow scientists to more quickly and accurately assess deforestation in the Amazon.

Ancient Humans Altered Climate — (BBC — September 13, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4219818.stm
Humans were influencing the climate long before the Industrial Revolution, new research suggests. Levels of methane rose steadily in the atmosphere in the first millennium, according to an analysis of gases trapped in ice beneath Antarctica.

Climate Food Crisis to Deepen — (BBC — September 13, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4217480.stm
Climate change threatens to put far more people at risk of hunger over the next 50 years than previously thought, according to new research. Scientists say expected shifts in rain patterns and temperatures over that time could lead to an extra 50 million people struggling to get enough food.


 

TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

The Military’s Walrus: An Unlikely Flying Machine
NASCAR Engineers Help Design New Combat Vehicle
Researchers Recover Typed Text Using Audio Recording of Keystrokes

The Military’s Walrus: An Unlikely Flying Machine — (Live Science — September 13, 2005)
http://www.livescience.com/scienceoffiction/050912_walrus.html
The Walrus operational vehicle (OV) is envisioned to have the primary operational task of deploying composite loads of personnel and equipment (for example, the components of an Army Unit of Action) ready to fight within six hours after disembarking the aircraft. It is intended to carry a payload of more than 500 tons 12,000 nautical miles in less than seven days at a competitive cost.

NASCAR Engineers Help Design New Combat Vehicle — (Live Science — September 13, 2005)
http://www.livescience.com/technology/050913_military_vehicle.html
Built on the skeleton of a Ford F-350 truck, the vehicle is called the ULTRA AP (Armored Patrol). Its builders melded some of the latest advancements in vehicle defense with the maneuverability and safety features of an “off-the-shelf” truck to develop a concept vehicle that may one day replace the familiar Humvee in the battlefield. The idea was to save money by marrying advanced armor materials and designs with proven safety designs from the automotive industry.

Researchers Recover Typed Text Using Audio Recording of Keystrokes — (Berkeley — September 15, 2005)
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/09/14_key.shtml
Researchers were able to take several 10-minute sound recordings of users typing at a keyboard, feed the audio into a computer, and use an algorithm to recover up to 96 percent of the characters entered. “It’s a form of acoustical spying that should raise red flags among computer security and privacy experts,” said one expert.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

Mitsubishi Banking on Robot Companion’s Charm

Mitsubishi Banking on Robot Companion’s Charm — (Washington Post — September 15, 2005)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/15/AR2005091500746.html
Mitsubishi says their new Internet-linked robot “Wakamaru” has a friendly personality that could make her a much-loved member of the family. Able to recognize up to 10 people and call them by name, the 40 inch tall Wakamaru will approach and greet family members in a gentle, feminine voice when they arrive home and offer to pass on telephone messages or read out any e-mails that may have arrived.


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

Pounding Pavement Generates Electricity When Wearing Novel Backpack

Pounding Pavement Generates Electricity When Wearing Novel Backpack — (Scientific American — September 15, 2005)
http://sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=000E2203-A303-1320-A30383414B7F00A7
Scientists have developed a backpack that translates the regular up and down movement of a walker’s hips into electrical energy. The contraption could conceivably help provide power to soldiers, relief workers, scientists and others on remote trips.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Japan’s Population Starting to Decrease
Listen Up: Headphones and Earbuds May Cause Hearing Loss
Adult Use of ADHD Medicines Doubles
Men And Women Found More Similar Than Portrayed in Popular Media

Japan’s Population Starting to Decrease — (Newsdaily — September 13, 2005)
http://www.newsdaily.com/index.php?feed=TopNews&article=UPI-1-20050824-05052000-bc-japan-population.xml
Japan’s population may start to decline in 2005, two years earlier than previously forecast.. The population fell by 31,034 people in the first half of 2005, the health ministry said in a preliminary report, which points to a contraction in the annual figure if the trend continues.

Listen Up: Headphones and Earbuds May Cause Hearing Loss — (Live Science — September 13, 2005)
http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/ap_050912_headphones.html
Researchers have been randomly examining students and found a disturbing and growing incidence of what is known as noise-induced hearing loss. Usually, it means they’ve lost the ability to hear higher frequencies, evidenced at times by mild ear-ringing or trouble following conversations in noisy situations. Researchers fear that the growing popularity of portable music players and other items that attach directly to the ears — including cell phones — is the cause.

Adult Use of ADHD Medicines Doubles — (Yahoo — September 15, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050915/ap_on_he_me/adults_adhd_drugs;_ylt=Au7GJg1ydB583S2AIMSK_Kus0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-
Use of prescription drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is growing at a faster rate among adults than children, new research shows. Between 2000 and 2004, use of drugs that help keep ADHD patients focused doubled among adults aged 20 to 44, but rose only 56 percent among children.

Men And Women Found More Similar Than Portrayed in Popular Media — (Science Daily — September 19, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050919082317.htm
The popular media has portrayed men and women as psychologically different as two planets — Mars and Venus — but these differences are vastly overestimated and the two sexes are more similar in personality, communication, cognitive ability and leadership than realized, according to a review of 46 meta-analyses conducted over the last 20 years.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

“Without expectations, there’s no future, only an endless present.” —François Jacob


 

A special thanks to Bernard Calil, Humera Khan, Deanna Korda, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane Petersen, John C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell, Ken Dabkowski, Jin Zhu, 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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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]

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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.

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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

Joni Patry is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in the world. She was a faculty member for ACVA, CVA and Instructor for online certification programs, published many books, journals and appeared on national and international television shows. As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, and teaches in Austria, Turkey and India. She has been awarded the 2015 Jyotish Star of the year and Dr B. V. Raman’s Janma Shatamanothsava Award Jyotisha Choodamani. She publishes an online astrological magazine, Astrologic Magazine http://astrologicmagazine.com/ and has an online University for certification, the University of Vedic Astrology. http://universityofvedicastrology.com

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

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

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.