Volume 8, Number 15 – 10/13/2005

Volume 8, Number 15
10/13/2005
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

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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.


 

Ray Kurzweil deciphers a brave new world

Ray Kurzweil was one of the most remarkable and prolific inventors of the late 20th century. Now Kurzweil, who can claim credit for developing the first text-to-speech synthesizer and the first CCD flat-bed scanner, is busy inventing a future in which humans merge with machines and the pace of technological development accelerates beyond recognition.

The concept is known by its proponents as the Singularity, and until recently it’s been the province of science fiction authors such as Vernor Vinge and Ken MacLeod.

Now Kurzweil, in a new book called “The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” claims that the inexorable pace of technological development and its exponential growth will usher in the Singularity by 2045.

To appreciate the dizzying scope of Kurzweil’s predictions, read the book. But the condensed version goes like this: Thanks to Moore’s Law and other exponential growth rates, by 2030 a $1 computer will be as powerful as the human brain. Information technology’s exponential curve will fuel advances in biology, robotics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence- with world-shattering results including radical life extension and practically omniscient and omnipotent abilities for humans who elect self-augmentation.

To read more, visit http://news.com.com/Deciphering+a+brave+new
+world/2008-1082_3-5885116.html?tag=nefd.lede


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • Physicists in Australia have slowed a speeding laser pulse and captured it in a crystal, a feat that could be instrumental in creating quantum computers.
  • Scientists have developed miniature robots that can self-assemble using parts that float randomly in their environments.
  • Using technologies developed for the space program, the U.S. Army is conducting an experiment that could convert the exhaust pipes of military vehicles into water fountains.
  • Researchers have discovered a way to crack hydrogen from water using heat that takes about half the energy of the previous method.
  • Scientists have discovered that a chemical in the skin of the red-eyed tree frogs, genreally found in Australia, can block infection by HIV by destroying the viral particles that lead to AIDS.

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Students Prepare to Launch Home-Made Satellite
Korea’s High-Tech Utopia, Where Everything Is Observed
The Paperless Library
Bible Written for Cell Phones

Students Prepare to Launch Home-Made Satellite — (Space — September 29, 2005)
http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/050921_techwed_sseti.html
A micro-satellite built largely from donated parts in university workshops across Europe is just over one week from launch. It is the first in a trio of student-built spacecraft that will ultimately reach for the Moon. Student teams built it subsystem-by-subsystem and communicated primarily through the Internet, though weekly chat sessions and twice-yearly workshops helped keep everyone on the same page.

Korea’s High-Tech Utopia, Where Everything Is Observed — (New York Times — October 6, 2005)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/05/technology/techspecial/05oconnell.html?
ex=1286164800&en=4a368c49e8f30bd2&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

A ubiquitous city is where all major information systems (residential, medical, business, governmental and the like) share data, and computers are built into the houses, streets and office buildings. New Songdo, located on a man-made island of nearly 1,500 acres off the Incheon coast about 40 miles from Seoul, is rising from the ground up as a U-city.

The Paperless Library — (The Economist — October 11, 2005)
http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4423646
The internet (and pressure from funding agencies, who are questioning why commercial publishers are making money from government-funded research by restricting access to it) is making free access to scientific results a reality. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued a report describing the far-reaching consequences of this.

Bible Written for Cell Phones — (USA Today — October 6, 2005)
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2005-10-06-bible-cellphones_x.htm?csp=36
The Bible Society in Australia has just launched its translation of all 31,173 verses of the Bible in the modern, abbreviated language of text messages. The verses can be accessed over the Internet for free so that they can be spread by cell phone to family and friends. The society used the International Contemporary English Version of the Bible and remained faithful to the grammar, changing just the spelling of words.


 

NEW REALITIES

Scientists Discover 10th Planet’s Moon
Gorillas Tool Up in the Wild
It’s a Bug’s Life: MIT Team Tells Moving Tale
Spider Is 20 Million Years Old
Cassini Spots Huge Spear on Saturn Moon
Gamma-Ray Burst Mystery Unraveled
Live Giant Squid Caught on Camera

Scientists Discover 10th Planet’s Moon — (Space — October 4, 2005))
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/ap_051001_newmoon.html
The astronomers who claim to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have another intriguing announcement: It has a moon. While observing the new, so-called planet last month, a team of astronomers spotted a faint object trailing next to it. The moon discovery can allow scientists to determine the new planet’s mass.

Gorillas Tool Up in the Wild — (The Register — October 4, 2005)
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/30/gorillas_tool_use/
Scientists working in the Republic of Congo have seen gorillas using tools in the wild for the first time. The scientists recorded two separate instances of tool use, including one gorilla using a stick to test the depth of a pool before wading across. Chimps and orangutans have been seen using tools in the wild, and even monkeys raised in captivity will do so, but this is the first time it has been seen in gorillas in the wild.

It’s a Bug’s Life: MIT Team Tells Moving Tale — (Science Daily — September 29, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050929082253.htm
MIT mathematicians have discovered how certain insects can climb what to them are steep, slippery slopes in the water’s surface without moving their limbs — and do it at high speed. Researchers took high-speed video of the creatures using a camera provided by MIT’s Edgerton Center, then digitized and analyzed the images.

Spider Is 20 Million Years Old — (BBC — October 4, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/4296398.stm
A scientist has described a spider that was trapped and preserved in amber 20 million years ago. Since the discovery two years ago, he has used droplets of blood in the amber to reveal the age of the specimen. It is thought to be the first time spider blood has been found in amber and scientists hope to extract its DNA.

Cassini Spots Huge Spear on Saturn Moon — (New Scientist — October 11, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8057&feedId=online-news_rss20
The first close-up images of Saturn’s moon Tethys have been sent to Earth from the Cassini spacecraft, which flew past the moon on Saturday. As well as the expected craters and chasms, one image reveals a peculiar, spear-shaped feature.

Gamma-Ray Burst Mystery Unraveled — (Wired — October 4, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/space/0,2697,69071,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2
Astronomers have long theorized that merging neutron stars produce massive explosions capable of wiping out nearby solar systems for thousands of light-years around. Now a flurry of research is coming to a head that offers the first detailed view of the origin of so-called short gamma-ray bursts, revealing a picture that is consistent with the merging neutron star theory. That means the universe could be far more hazardous than previously thought, given the number of known and probable neutron star pairs in relative proximity to Earth.

Live Giant Squid Caught on Camera — (BBC — September 29, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4288772.stm
A live, adult giant squid has been caught on camera in the wild for the very first time. Japanese researchers took pictures of the elusive creature hunting 900m down, enveloping its prey by coiling its tentacles into a ball. The images show giant squid, known as Architeuthis, are more vigorous hunters than has been supposed.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Frog Could Be AIDS Savior
Pill-Sized Camera Gets to Grips With Your Gut
Key Gene May Reverse Hair Loss

Frog Could Be AIDS Savior — (Hindustan Times — October 13, 2005)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1514463,00050003.htm
A small red-eyed frog could be the key to getting rid of AIDS. Scientists have discovered that a chemical in the skin of the red-eyed tree frogs, generally found in Australia, can block infection by HIV by destroying the viral particles that lead to AIDS.

Pill-Sized Camera Gets to Grips With Your Gut — (New Scientist — October 4, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8081
Researchers have developed a radio-controlled crawling camera capsule that can move and stop on command to give doctors greater control over the images it takes, unlike existing camera capsules. The radio-controlled crawling capsule has six legs, each with tiny hooks on the end. These help prevent the device slipping on mucus in the intestine as it moves along, but are too small to damage the soft tissues.

Key Gene May Reverse Hair Loss — (BBC — September 29, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4283302.stm
Scientists believe manipulating genes within hair cells can reverse baldness. Researchers found it was possible to re-grow fur on bald mice by correcting a gene mutation. Mutations in the hairless gene in both humans and mice mean the natural process of hair growth, shedding and re-growth is disturbed.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Scientists Create PNA Molecule with Potential to Build Nanodevices
Nanotubes for Hydrogen Extraction

Scientists Create PNA Molecule with Potential to Build Nanodevices — (Carnegie Mellon — October 4, 2005)
http://www.cmu.edu/PR/releases05/051003_nano.html
Researchers have shown that the binding of metal ions can mediate the formation of peptide nucleic acid (PNA) duplexes from single strands of PNA that are only partly complementary. This result opens new opportunities to create functional, three-dimensional nanosize structures such as molecular-scale electronic circuits, which could reduce by thousands of times the size of today’s common electronic devices.

Nanotubes for Hydrogen Extraction — (World Changing — October 11, 2005)
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/003560.html
Researchers have discovered a way to crack hydrogen from water using heat that takes about half the energy of the previous method. The team found that naturally-occurring defects in carbon nanotubes could increase the rate of certain chemical reactions because the atoms forming the tubes are essentially “incomplete,” making them more reactive.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Bush Wants Right to Use Military If Bird Flu Hits
A Billion Will Die from Smoking
Colorado Moose Tests for Chronic Wasting Disease
Using Old Flu Against New Flu
Bird Flu Resistant to Main Drug

Bush Wants Right to Use Military If Bird Flu Hits — (Boston Globe — October 11, 2005)
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/10/04/bush
_proposes_using_military_in_bird_flu_pandemic/

President Bush asked Congress to consider giving him powers to use the military to enforce quarantines in case of an avian influenza epidemic. He said the military, and perhaps the National Guard, might be needed to take such a role if the feared H5N1 bird flu virus changes enough to cause widespread human infection.

A Billion Will Die from Smoking — (BBC — October 4, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4309222.stm
A billion people will die from tobacco-related diseases such as cancer this century unless more are encouraged to quit, an expert warns. In the last century the death toll was about 100m, including 7m in Britain. Many nations are cutting smoking, but rates are increasing in countries such as India and China. Smoking currently kills about five million adults a year globally.

Colorado Moose Tests for Chronic Wasting Disease — (Yahoo — October 4, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051001/sc_nm/environment_moose_dc
A moose killed by a hunter in northern Colorado has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first time the deadly affliction has been found outside of wild elk and deer herds, state wildlife officials said. The fatal neurological disease eats away at the brains of infected animals and is similar to mad cow disease found in cattle.

Using Old Flu Against New Flu — (Wired — October 6, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,69101,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_9
Scientists have made from scratch the Spanish flu virus that killed as many as 50 million people in 1918, the first time an infectious agent behind a historic pandemic has ever been reconstructed. Researchers say it may help them better understand, and develop defenses against, the threat of a future worldwide epidemic from bird flu.

Bird Flu Resistant to Main Drug — (CNN — October 13, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/09/30/birdflu.drugs.reut/index.html
A strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus that may unleash the next global flu pandemic is showing resistance to Tamiflu, the antiviral drug that countries around the world are now stockpiling to fend off the looming threat. Experts in Hong Kong said that the human H5N1 strain which surfaced in northern Vietnam this year had proved to be resistant to Tamiflu, a powerful antiviral drug which goes by the generic name, oseltamivir.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Katrina Aftermath Wireless Proving Ground
Hi-Tech Beermats for 21st Century
Devices Help the Blind Cross Tech Divide
Sub-$100 Laptop Design Unveiled
This Laser Trick’s a Quantum Leap

Katrina Aftermath Wireless Proving Ground — (CNN — October 6, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/10/05/katrina.tech.response.ap/index.html
Just as Katrina proved the vulnerability of traditional telephone and cellular networks, it also showed how Internet-based technologies could be used to speedily re-establish links with the outside world. The spontaneous wireless projects by groups that simply wanted to help is spurring interest in how to deploy the latest in communications technology and expertise in a more organized fashion after future disasters.

Hi-Tech Beermats for 21st Century — (BBC — October 4, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4298344.stm
An intelligent beermat that alerts the bartender that your glass is empty could feature in pubs of the future. Like an ordinary mat, it absorbs drips; but the gadget also has hidden sensors. The device will detect the weight of the drink above it, working out how much is left before sending a signal to the bar for a refill.

Devices Help the Blind Cross Tech Divide — (CNET — October 6, 2005)
http://news.com.com/Devices+help+the+blind+cross+tech+divide/2100-1041_3-5888810.html?tag=nefd.lede
More companies are making technology easier to use for people with disabilities. With baby boomers retiring, an already multibillion dollar industry is growing. People with visual, physical, hearing or learning disabilities now have plenty of products to choose from to help them interact with gadgets and the Internet.

Sub-$100 Laptop Design Unveiled — (BBC — September 29, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4292854.stm
Nicholas Negroponte has been outlining designs for a sub-$100 PC which will be tough and foldable in different ways, with a hand crank for when there is no power supply. He came up with the idea for a cheap computer for all after visiting a Cambodian village. One Laptop Per Child, a non-profit group, plans to have up to 15 million machines in production within a year.

This Laser Trick’s a Quantum Leap — (Wired — October 4, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,69033,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1
Physicists in Australia have slowed a speeding laser pulse and captured it in a crystal, a feat that could be instrumental in creating quantum computers. The scientists slowed the laser light pulse from 300,000 kilometers per second to just several hundred meters per second, allowing them to capture the pulse for about a second. The accomplishment marks a new world record, but the scientists are more thrilled that they were able to store and recall light, an important step toward quantum computing.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Satellite to Provide New Test of Global Warming Threat
Arctic Ice Disappearing Quickly
Melting Planet
Millions Will Flee Degradation
Pheromones May Be Used to Herd Alien Fish
A Growing Regional Divide Over Species Act
Global Sea Levels Could Rise 30 cm by 2100

Satellite to Provide New Test of Global Warming Threat — (New Scientist — October 4, 2005)
http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn8091
A spacecraft that will reveal how rapidly Arctic sea ice may be thinning as a result of global warming is set to blast off. The European Space Agency (ESA) satellite CryoSat will provide scientists with the first detailed measurements of the depth of floating sea ice across the Arctic. Comparing monthly measurements will enable them to monitor any deterioration.

Arctic Ice Disappearing Quickly — (BBC — September 29, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4290340.stm
The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk for a fourth consecutive year, according to new data released by US scientists. They say that this month sees the lowest extent of ice cover for more than a century. The Arctic climate varies naturally, but the researchers conclude that human-induced global warming is at least partially responsible.

Melting Planet — (Bella Ciao — October 6, 2005)
http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=8623
Species are dying out faster than we have dared recognize, scientists are warning. The erosion of polar ice is the first break in a fragile chain of life extending across the planet, from bears in the north to penguins in the far south.

Millions Will Flee Degradation — (BBC — October 11, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4326666.stm
There will be as many as 50 million environmental refugees in the world in five years’ time. That is the conclusion of experts at the United Nations University, who say that a new definition of “environmental refugee” is urgently needed. They believe that already environmental degradation forces as many people away from their homes as political and social unrest.

Pheromones May Be Used to Herd Alien Fish — (New Scientist — October 11, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8089
A primitive aquatic beast that has decimated fish stocks in the North American Great Lakes could soon be lured into traps using a migratory pheromone. “This is the first time that a vertebrate pheromone has ever been applied for control,” says one biologist.

A Growing Regional Divide Over Species Act — (Christian Science Monitor — October 6, 2005)
http://csmonitor.com/2005/1005/p02s02-uspo.html
The Endangered Species Act – the nation’s premier environmental law affecting thousands of plants and animals and many times that many landowners – is poised to undergo its greatest shake-up since Richard Nixon signed it 32 years ago. The House has passed legislation that changes several fundamental elements of the law, including protection of critical wildlife habitat and the financial rights of property owners.

Global Sea Levels Could Rise 30 cm by 2100 — (Yahoo — October 4, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050930/sc_nm/environment_study_dc
World sea levels could rise 30 centimeters (12 inches) by the end of the century and freak weather will become more common due to rapid global warming, according to a new study by a leading German research institute. Researchers said computer models it had created showed the average global temperature could rise by as much as 4.1 Celsius by 2100, melting sea-ice in the Arctic.


 

TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Military to Fund Prosthetics Research
Army Tries Water from Vehicle Exhaust Fumes

Military to Fund Prosthetics Research — (USA Today — October 6, 2005)
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2005-10-05-military-prosthetics_x.htm?csp=36
The Defense Department is embarking on a multimillion-dollar research program to revolutionize upper-body prosthetics after a surge in troops who have lost hands and arms in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The technology for artificial hands and arms hasn’t improved much since World War II.

Army Tries Water from Vehicle Exhaust Fumes — (Military — October 6, 2005)
http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,78169,00.html
Keeping an army provisioned in the desert is a ballet of logistics, particularly when it comes to supplying two vital liquids: diesel fuel and water. Now, using technologies developed for the space program, the U.S. Army is conducting an experiment that could convert the exhaust pipes of military vehicles into water fountains.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

Robotic Fish in Action at London Aquarium
New Biological Robots Build Themselves

Robotic Fish in Action at London Aquarium — (PhysOrg — October 11, 2005)
http://www.physorg.com/news7029.html
Three stunningly beautiful robotic fish have been created with jewel-bright scales and sinuous, astonishingly life-like movements. Researchers have been working with the London Aquarium for three years to develop a biologically inspired robotic fish which mimic the undulating movement of nature’s fish species. The robotic fish have sensor-based controls and autonomous navigation capabilities, they can find their own way around the tank safely, avoiding the objects, and react to their environment.

New Biological Robots Build Themselves — (Live Science — September 29, 2005)
http://www.livescience.com/technology/050928_dna_robots.html
Inspired by biological systems, scientists have developed miniature robots that can self-assemble using parts that float randomly in their environments. The robots also know when something is amiss and can correct their own mistakes.


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

Danish Researchers Reveal New Hydrogen Storage Technology
GM Plans Fuel-Cell Propulsion Vehicles
New Car Aimed at Drivers with Parking Woes

Danish Researchers Reveal New Hydrogen Storage Technology — (Science Daily — September 29, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050907102549.htm
Scientists have invented a technology which may be an important step towards the hydrogen economy: a hydrogen tablet that effectively stores hydrogen in an inexpensive and safe material. With the new hydrogen tablet, it becomes much simpler to use the environmentally-friendly energy of hydrogen. Hydrogen is a non-polluting fuel, but since it is a light gas it occupies too much volume, and it is flammable. Consequently, effective and safe storage of hydrogen has challenged researchers world-wide for almost three decades.

GM Plans Fuel-Cell Propulsion Vehicles — (Fuel Cell Works — October 6, 2005)
http://www.fuelcellsworks.com/Supppage3632.html
A future in which cars operate without using petroleum-based fuels, run hundreds of miles before refueling and emit only water is closer than you might think. GM discussed its progress toward producing a hydrogen-powered vehicle, and is standing by its previous stated goal of designing and validating a vehicle with a fuel-cell propulsion system that can compete with the traditional internal combustion engine by 2010.

New Car Aimed at Drivers with Parking Woes — (Dallas News — October 4, 2005)
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/autos/topstories2/
093005ccwcAutosNissanpivo.e29c78cd.html

For drivers who find backing out of tight parking spots a hassle, Nissan has an answer: An egg-shaped car whose body pivots 360 degrees so that its rear end becomes the front. Such moves are possible because Pivo’s steering, wheels and other parts are controlled electronically by wireless, or electronic signals, not mechanical links between the cabin and the vehicle’s chassis.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

90% of US Men Over 60 Now Overweight
TVs and PCs Take Over US Homes
Taller Women Are More Career-Driven

90% of US Men Over 60 Now Overweight — (New Scientist — October 4, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8096
Nine out of 10 US men aged over 60 years are now overweight, according to the first study to assess the long-term risk of piling on the pounds. The study ran from 1971 to 2001 and involved people aged between 30 and 59 at the beginning. Furthermore, seven out of 10 women in the study were also overweight and at the end of the study one in three of both sexes was clinically obese.

TVs and PCs Take Over US Homes — (BBC — October 11, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4318318.stm
The average American spends more time using media such as TV and the internet than sleeping, a study has found. US researchers found that Americans spend nine hours a day watching TV, using the web or talking on a mobile. One-third of that time is devoted to using two or more media at once, noted one researcher.

Taller Women Are More Career-Driven — (Scotsman — October 6, 2005)
http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=2040582005
Tall women are more ambitious in their careers and less inclined to start a family than shorter women, a study revealed yesterday. Academics questioned 1,220 women from the UK, United States, Canada and Australia and found the taller ones were less broody, had fewer children and were more ambitious. They were also likely to have their first child at a later age.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” —Eric Hoffer


 

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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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.

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.

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

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.

Paul H. Smith

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

Lee Carrol a.k.a. Kryon

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

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

Freddy Silva

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

Robert David Steele

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

Thomas Drake

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

Chris Robinson

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

Dr. John McMichael

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

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

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

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

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Gary Sycalik

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

Joe Dispenza

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Coxon

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Steve McDonald

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

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

Mary Rodwell

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Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

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

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

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

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

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

Sharry Edwards

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

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

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

Dr. Larry Dossey

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

Penny Kelly

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