Volume 8, Number 18 – 12/21/2005

 

Volume 8, Number 18
12/21/2005
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…

  • John Hopkins University scientists have developed a method of finding specific sequences of DNA.
  • US researchers have now shown that differences in fingerprints between the thumb and little finger are associated with the likelihood of developing diabetes later in life.
  • A method for transferring quantum information from atoms to photons and back again could be used to create impenetrable global communication networks and computers that work at astounding speeds.
  • Using advanced camera and sound techniques, caterpillars of large blue butterflies have been shown to communicate with ants, making noises that fool them into caring for the larvae as if their own.

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Technology Helping Blind, Deaf Enjoy Movies
Excitement Building in Eu(rope)
Wikipedia Tightens the Reins

Technology Helping Blind, Deaf Enjoy Movies — (CNN — December 6, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/12/05/movies.disabled.ap/index.html
Nationwide, more than 150 movie theaters have added special systems to help the deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired. Most of those theaters are in major cities that made the move voluntarily, but states are now putting pressure on theater chains to spread the technology much farther or risk discrimination lawsuits.

Excitement Building in Eu(rope) — (Wired — December 1, 2005)
http://wired-vig.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,69731,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_8
The European Union expects a surge of applications next week when its “.eu” regional domain name opens for registration. Many believe such a domain will help promote European identity and create greater visibility for pan-European e-commerce. Currently, businesses must use domains for their particular country, such as “.fr” for France, or a global one like “.com,” which is seen by some as mostly a U.S. suffix.

Wikipedia Tightens the Reins — (Wired — December 6, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,69759,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_6
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that allows anyone to contribute articles, is tightening its rules for submitting entries following the disclosure that it ran a piece falsely implicating a man in the Kennedy assassinations. Wikipedia will now require users to register before they can create articles. Wikipedia visitors will still be able to edit content already posted without registering.


 

NEW REALITIES

New animal Found in Borneo Jungles
BBC Listens in to Insect Chatter
Radar Sees Ice Deep below Mars
A Paint Job for Your Car That Touches Itself up
More Often Than Not, Massive Galaxies Form by Mergers

New animal Found in Borneo Jungles — (Independent Online — December 6, 2005)
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=143&art_id=qw1133880841536I535
Researchers from the WWF conservation group have made the extremely rare discovery of a new species of mammal in the dense forests of central Borneo. The carnivorous mammal, slightly larger than a domestic cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail, was photographed twice by an automated camera at night in 2003 on the Indonesian side of the island, the WWF said, but a live capture of the animal was required to confirm it was a new species.

BBC Listens in to Insect Chatter — (BBC — December 8, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4460030.stm
Advanced camera and sound techniques are giving scientists remarkable new insights into insect behavior. Caterpillars of large blue butterflies have been shown to communicate with ants, making noises that fool them into caring for the larvae as if their own. And scientists are now looking into the idea that these sounds are actually overheard by the wasps that seek out such caterpillars to lay eggs in them.

Radar Sees Ice Deep below Mars — (BBC — December 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4479612.stm
Mars Express has become the first spacecraft to detect reserves of water ice deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet, experts have announced. The Marsis radar experiment carried onboard appears to have discovered water ice more than 1km below ground. It is thought the greatest reservoir of retained water on Mars could be found beneath the surface, perhaps providing a habitat for microbial life.

A Paint Job for Your Car That Touches Itself up — (Sydney Morning Herald — December 6, 2005)
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/12/05/1133631194936.html
Nissan claims its new car paint can repair its own scratches and scrapes. Minor scuffs disappear in about a week if your car has Scratch Guard Coat, a clear paint that the Japanese automaker developed with Nippon Paint Co. The coating, which Nissan says is the first of its kind in the world, contains elastic resin. Its rubbery surface can bounce back to repair itself of slight scratches caused by car-washing, off-road driving and fingernails.

More Often Than Not, Massive Galaxies Form by Mergers — (Scientific American — December 6, 2005)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=0003AC5B-BC1C-1394-BC1C83414B7F0000
New data seems to show that galaxies collide all the time. In fact, the oldest and largest galaxies in the universe most likely formed from such intergalactic combinations. A researcher used some of the longest and deepest sky surveys ever conducted to try to determine whether the oldest, largest galaxies formed from the collapse of ancient clouds of gas or the accretion of smaller galaxies bumping into each other.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Johns Hopkins Develops New DNA Technique
Italian Laboratory Clones 14 Pigs
Better Bananas, Nicer Mosquitoes
Study Bolsters Link between Health and Stress
Woman has First Face Transplant
Fingerprints May Illuminate Life in the Womb
Bacterial Cameras and the Fabrication Future

Johns Hopkins Develops New DNA Technique — (Science Daily — December 6, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20051205-14521800-bc-us-dna.xml
Johns Hopkins University scientists say they’ve developed a method of finding specific sequences of DNA by making them light up under a microscope. The researchers say the technique, which uses tiny semiconductor crystals, biological probes and a laser, will have important uses in medical research. They demonstrated the method’s potential in their lab by detecting a sample of DNA containing a mutation linked to ovarian cancer.

Italian Laboratory Clones 14 Pigs — (BBC — December 6, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4386510.stm
The Italian researchers who produced the first horse clone have announced the birth of 14 cloned piglets. The animals were born several weeks ago at the Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in Cremona. The pigs will help in understanding animal to human organ transplants. This experiment was carried out as part of a European Union project to study stem cells in cloned animals.

Better Bananas, Nicer Mosquitoes — (Herald Tribune — December 8, 2005)
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051206/ZNYT04/512060670
In 2003, Bill Gates challenged scientists around the globe to find new solutions to the most pressing health issues. Over $450 million is now being disbursed among the 43 winning team proposals, whose projects include some of the oddest-sounding projects in the history of science. These projects range from combating mosquitoes to creating better AIDs vaccinations.

Study Bolsters Link between Health and Stress — (Seattle P.I. — December 6, 2005)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/250883_stress06.html
A steady stream of irritations and upsets from people and things around us can literally make us sick or slow to heal. One new report finds that routine marital discord can slow the body’s ability to heal from trauma or surgical wounds by as long as two days. The second new study, by Australian researchers working with mice, fingered a specific stress hormone that appears to disrupt the work of immune cells.

Woman has First Face Transplant — (BBC — December 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4484728.stm
Surgeons in France have carried out the first face transplant on a woman who had lost her nose, lips and chin after being savaged by a dog. In the controversial operation, tissues, muscles, arteries and veins were taken from a brain-dead donor and attached to the patient’s lower face. Doctors stress the woman will not look like her donor, but nor will she look like she did before the attack – instead she will have a “hybrid” face.

Fingerprints May Illuminate Life in the Womb — (New Scientist — December 1, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8396
Fingerprints may provide important clues about life in the womb, and may even become useful as predictors of disease risk. US researchers have now shown that differences in fingerprints between the thumb and little finger are associated with likelihood of developing diabetes later in life. The researchers decided to look at quantitative differences in ridges between the first and last fingertips, the thumb and pinkie.

Bacterial Cameras and the Fabrication Future — (World Changing — December 8, 2005)
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/003781.html
Researchers hacked the genome of E. coli, the common food-poisoning gut microbe, to make it sensitive to light by adding sequences from photosynthesizing algae. When activated by light, the new genes can shut off the action of another gene, in this case one controlling the color of the bacteria. A sufficiently large mass of E. coli can then be used to “print” images. The goal is to demonstrate the use of light sensitivity as a control for other bacterial functions.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Cheap Chemical Sensors
Radical Nanotechnology Theory is Advanced
Nanopillars Reverse Optical Behavior

Cheap Chemical Sensors — (Technology Review — December 1, 2005)
http://technologyreview.com/NanoTech-Devices/wtr_15947,303,p1.html
Technology already exists that can sniff out chemicals in the air and water — but the detecting devices are expensive, limiting their use. Now one scientist has made arrays of sensors cheap enough that they could be widely distributed for monitoring toxins in the environment. The idea of using an array for chemical sensing, first proposed in the late 1970s, mimics the behavior of the human nose, which can recognize a wide range of different chemicals without having sensors for detecting each one.

Radical Nanotechnology Theory is Advanced — (Science Daily — December 1, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20051130-17320600-bc-us-nanotheory.xml
Princeton University researchers have advanced a theory of nanotechnology that would enable them to manipulate the way particles interact. Scientists outlined a mathematical approach that would enable them to produce desired configurations of nanoparticles by manipulating the manner in which the particles interact with one another.

Nanopillars Reverse Optical Behavior — (optics.org — December 1, 2005)
http://optics.org/articles/news/11/11/19/1
Scientists in the UK and Russia have succeeded in fabricating a material that has a negative permeability at visible wavelengths. This discovery could be a milestone for optics and could help realize the possibility for making new optical devices such as spacers and nanolasers.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

FDA Queries Tamiflu for Children
FDA Investigators Say Tamiflu Is Safe
Food Crisis Feared as Fertile Land Runs Out
Poultry Vaccine Could Stop Flu Spread
Russia Wakes Up to Aids Epidemic

FDA Queries Tamiflu for Children — (BBC — December 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4447434.stm
The US Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns about how safe it is for children to take Tamiflu. In a memorandum, the FDA says it is aware of 12 deaths of children who took the drug in the past 13 months. Tamiflu is the most important anti-viral drug in the fight against bird flu in humans.

FDA Investigators Say Tamiflu Is Safe — (FluSTAR — November 18, 2005)
http://www.flustar.com/news_story.asp?id=253
The antiflu drug Tamiflu is safe, federal health advisers according to the FDA after finding no direct link between the drug and the deaths of 12 Japanese children who had taken it. “If we ever have a pandemic of avian flu, which is a debatable point, people want to know that they have a drug that will not cause more (harm) than the flu itself”.

Food Crisis Feared as Fertile Land Runs Out — (Gaurdian Unlimited — December 6, 2005)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,1659467,00.html
New maps show that the Earth is rapidly running out of fertile land and that food production will soon be unable to keep up with the world’s burgeoning population. The maps reveal that more than one third of the world’s land is being used to grow crops or graze cattle. Scientists combined satellite land cover images with agricultural census data from every country in the world to create detailed maps of global land use. Maps show 40% of Earth’s land is used for agriculture. The growing human ‘footprint’ is a risk to the environment.

Poultry Vaccine Could Stop Flu Spread — (CNN — December 1, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/11/29/bird.flu.vaccine.ap/index.html
Vaccines can keep chickens from dying of bird flu, but can immunized birds still silently spread infection? It’s an important question, as China and Vietnam vaccinate millions of chickens in an effort to stamp out a worrisome strain of bird flu called H5N1. Scientists in the Netherlands put the question to a test, using vaccines against a different strain, and concluded that vaccinating poultry indeed can block viral spread between birds.

Russia Wakes Up to Aids Epidemic — (BBC — December 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4482110.stm
At the end of last year Russia had around 340,000 registered people living with HIV. But it is widely acknowledged that the figure could be at least four times higher. To date, more than 7,500 people have died of Aids in Russia. The rate of infection is spiraling upwards. Russia now has the fastest-growing Aids epidemic in Europe – every day 100 new HIV positive infections are registered.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Fido’s First Cell Phone
Holographic-Memory Discs May Put DVDs to Shame
A Tinfoil Hat on Every Head
‘Data-In, Data-Out’ Signals Quantum Breakthrough
Viral Cure Could Immunize the Internet

Fido’s First Cell Phone — (Wired — December 6, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/wireless/0,1382,69756,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2
PetCell, the first cell phone for dogs, is due to hit pet-store shelves next March. Hung off Fido’s collar, the PetCell is a bone-shaped cell phone that will let dog owners talk to their best friend over a two-way speaker. The ability to track a lost pet has most dog lovers excited. The PetCell has a “call owner” button in case Rover strays. It also includes assisted GPS, or A-GPS, which works indoors, allowing dog owners to map their pup’s coordinates from any web-enabled device or by dialing a voice-enabled call center.

Holographic-Memory Discs May Put DVDs to Shame — (New Scientist — December 1, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8370
A computer disc about the size of a DVD that can hold 60 times more data is set to go on sale in 2006. The disc stores information through the interference of light, a technique known as holographic memory. Unlike other technologies that record one data bit at a time, holography allows a million bits of data to be written and read in parallel with a single flash of light.

A Tinfoil Hat on Every Head — (Wired — December 6, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,69640,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_3
Targeting Americans concerned about exposure to mobile phone and electrical infrastructure, online retailers are selling a growing selection of protective gear. Listings include radiation-blocking boxers, radio curtain shields and pendants for removing electromagnetic frequencies. Top sellers include meters for measuring magnetic fields and radio frequencies as well as clothes that shield wearers from electric, radio and microwave emissions.

‘Data-In, Data-Out’ Signals Quantum Breakthrough — (New Scientist — December 8, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8432
A trick for transferring quantum information from atoms to photons and back again could be used to create impenetrable global communication networks and computers that work at astounding speeds. The crucial step is filtering the individual photon from the various laser pulses. A team managed this by using crystals to separate photons based on their polarity, reflectivity and absorption.

Viral Cure Could Immunize the Internet — (New Scientist — December 1, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8403
A cure for computer viruses that spreads in a viral fashion could immunize the internet, even against pests that travel at lightning speed, a mathematical study reveals. Most conventional anti-virus programs use “signatures” to identify and block viruses. But experts must first analyze a virus before sending out the fix. This means that rapidly spreading viruses can cause widespread damage before being stopped. Some researchers have developed artificial “immune systems” that automatically analyze a virus, meaning a fix can be sent out more rapidly.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

This Storm Cycle Just Getting Warmed up
GM Pea Causes Allergic Damage in Mice
Ocean Changes Will Cool Europe
CO2: This Time It’s Personal

This Storm Cycle Just Getting Warmed up — (The LA Times — December 6, 2005)
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-hurricanes1dec01,0,1346738.story?coll=la-home-nation
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the most active and destructive on record has come to an official end, with weather specialists cautioning that at least 10 more stormy years lay ahead. We are 11 years into an active hurricane cycle, and history shows that they last anywhere from 20 to 30, even 40 years at a time.

GM Pea Causes Allergic Damage in Mice — (New Scientist — December 6, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8347
A decade-long project to develop genetically modified peas with built-in pest-resistance has been abandoned after tests showed they caused allergic lung damage in mice. The researchers took the gene for a protein capable of killing pea weevil pests from the common bean and transferred it into the pea. When extracted from the bean, this protein does not cause an allergic reaction in mice or people.

Ocean Changes Will Cool Europe — (BBC — December 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4485840.stm
Changes to ocean currents in the Atlantic may cool European weather within a few decades, scientists say. Researchers from the UK’s National Oceanography Center say currents derived from the Gulf Stream are weakening, bringing less heat north. They say that European political leaders need to plan for a future which may be cooler rather than warmer.

CO2: This Time It’s Personal — (BBC — December 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4479226.stm
Domestic Tradable Quotas (DTQs) are in effect personal allowances to pollute. In Europe, about 12,000 big companies and institutions already have such allowances, regulated by the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Pollution has become a commodity with a price determined by the market, which will ensure that emissions are cut in as cost-effective a manner as possible. If imposed, DTQs would simply extend this concept to the public.


 

TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Scientists Now Using T-ray Imaging
The ‘IC You’ Card

Scientists Now Using T-ray Imaging — (Science Daily — December 6, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20051206-14333500-bc-us-trays.xml
A new technology called “T-ray” sensing and imaging is being used by scientists in several fields in place of X-rays. The new technology penetrates only a few millimeters beneath the skin, which is an area that X-rays cannot easily image. T-ray procedures allow sensing of objects on the nanometer scale, as well as at large distances of more than 300 feet, an essential capability for areas such as national security and space programs.

The ‘IC You’ Card — (The Japan Times — December 1, 2005)
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fl20051122zg.htm
Japanese Politicians have created a “Proposal for a New Immigration Control Policy”, which would include issuing “IC Cards,” or credit card-sized identification cards, containing computer chips to track people. One form of IC card will be issued to anyone (Japanese or not) crossing the Japanese border, upon request and at their expense. The other card is obligatory. All resident aliens must still carry it 24/7 or face arrest.


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

India Joins Nuclear Fusion Club — (BBC — December 6, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4504668.stm
India has become the latest nation to join the global project building a prototype nuclear fusion reactor. It joins China, the EU, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the US in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) team. Iter will be the second largest science project in history after the International Space Station. After decades of experimentation at national and regional level, it should demonstrate once and for all whether it is possible to harness the tremendous potential of nuclear fusion in a practical and economic way.


RAPID AFRICA CHANGE

Hunger Kills 6 Million Children a Year – (BBC — December 8, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4459348.stm
No developing region is on track to meet the international goal of reducing the number of hungry people by half, a UN agency has warned. Nearly six million children die from hunger or malnutrition every year, as many deaths result from treatable diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria and measles. They would survive if they had proper nourishment, the agency says in a new report on world hunger which mainly focuses on Africa.


CONTACT

Alien Message May Be in Our DNA — (Mail & Guardian — December 6, 2005)
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__international_news&articleid=134442
Forget waiting for ET to call, the most likely place to find an alien message is in our DNA, according to an expert in Australia. The coded message would only be discovered once the human race had the technology to read and understand it. For more than 40 years astronomers have been sweeping the skies with radio telescopes hoping to catch a signal from an alien civilization. So far the search has been in vain. But it may be wrong to assume that extraterrestrials who may be hundreds of millions of years ahead of us technologically will have chosen to communicate by radio.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Munich Scientists Study Bystander Effect
Young Prefer Illegal Song Swaps

Munich Scientists Study Bystander Effect — (PhysOrg — December 6, 2005)
http://physorg.com/news8767.html
A study indicates the larger the group watching someone in trouble in a public place, the less likely anyone will offer to help. The situation is called bystander effect, and now research at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich suggests even when accompanied by another person, individuals are more likely to intervene if the situation is dangerous or violent.

Young Prefer Illegal Song Swaps — (BBC — December 8, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4478146.stm
The music industry could be facing a crisis because of the number of young people still illegally downloading from the internet. The report suggests European consumers who download music from illegal file-sharing websites outnumber those using legal services and illegal networks are used three times as much as legal ones. It also warns that file-sharers, particularly young people, have little concept of music as a paid commodity.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. —John F. Kennedy


 

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, Hanna Adeyema, 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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This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from and question one of the foremost thinkers and leaders of the rapidly accelerating global effort to both make the public aware of what was previously unacknowledged about UFO and alien interaction with humans and also to address the deep questions about what is happening and what it might mean for the future of humanity.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential! His discoveries have led to 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. The UK’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5th consecutive year, and he is a 2017 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural. With more than 50 books – including 10 encyclopedias – and hundreds of articles in print on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual and mystical topics, she possesses exceptional knowledge of the field. Her present work focuses on inter-dimensional entity contact experiences and communication.

John L. Petersen

John L. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises (wild cards) and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.

 

He has led national non-profit organizations, worked in sales, manufacturing, real estate development, and marketing and advertising, mostly for companies he founded. A graduate electrical engineer, he has also promoted rock concerts; produced conventions; and worked as a disc jockey, among other things.

Mr. Petersens government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve and is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. He has served in senior positions for a number of presidential political campaigns and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. He was twice the runner-up to be Secretary of the Navy.

In 1989, Petersen founded The Arlington Institute (TAI), a non-profit, future-oriented research institute. TAI operates on the premise that effective thinking about the future is impossible without casting a very wide net. The “think tank” serves as a global agent for change by developing new concepts, processes and tools for anticipating the future and translating that knowledge into better present-day decisions. Using advanced information technology, a core group of bright thinkers and an international network of exceptionally curious people along with simulations, modeling, scenario building, polling and analysis, Arlington helps equip leaders and organizations from many disciplines with tools and actionable perspectives for dealing with uncertain times.

An award-winning writer, Petersens first book, The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future was awarded Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by CHOICE Academic Review, and remained on The World Future Societys best-seller list for more than a year. His Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises book was also a WFS best-seller. His latest book is a Vision of 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change. His coauthored article, (The Year 2000: Social Chaos or Social Transformation?) was one of the most highly acclaimed writings on Y2K. His 1988 book-length report (The Diffusion of Power: An Era of Realignment) was used at the highest levels of American government as a basis for strategic planning. He has also written papers on the future of national security and the military, the future of energy and the future of the media.

Petersen is a past board member of the World Future Society, writes on the future of aviation for Professional Pilot magazine and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. He is a former network member of the Global Business Network and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. A provocative public speaker, he addresses a wide array of audiences around the world on a variety of future subjects. When he is not writing or speaking, Petersen invests in and develops resources for large, international projects and advanced technology start-up companies. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Speaking Inquiries: Email [email protected]

Robert David Steele

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

Chris Robinson

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

Frank DeMarco

FRANK DeMARCO has been reporting on his conversations with non-physical beings for more than two decades, in magazine articles, talks, and in a dozen non-fiction books and two novels.

FRANK DeMARCO is the author of 14 books rooted in more than 25 years of psychic exploration, including It’s All One World, Awakening from the 3D World, Rita’s World (two volumes), The Cosmic Internet, The Sphere and the Hologram, and Imagine Yourself Well. Since 2005, he has been actively engaged in an on-going series of conversations with various non-physical beings, including historical individuals, “past lives,” aspects of personal guidance, and a generalized group he calls “the guys upstairs.”

He is also the author of three novels, Messenger, That Phenomenal Background (originally published as Babe in the Woods) and Dark Fire.

Dr. Larry Dossey

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

William Buhlman

William Buhlman is a recognized expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences. The author’s forty years of extensive personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique and thought provoking insight into this subject. His first book, Adventures beyond the Body chronicles his personal journey of self-discovery through out-of-body travel, and provides the reader with the preparation and techniques that can be used for their own adventure. He has conducted an international out-of-body experience survey that includes over 16,000 participants from forty-two countries. The provocative results of this survey are presented in his book, The Secret of the Soul. This cutting edge book explores the unique opportunities for personal growth and profound spiritual awakenings that are reported during out-of-body experiences.

Over the past two decades William has developed an effective system to experience safe, self initiated out-of-body adventures. He conducts an in-depth six-day workshop titled, Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive at the renowned Monroe Institute in Virginia. As a certified hypnotherapist, William incorporates various methods, including hypnosis, visualization and meditation techniques in his workshops to explore the profound nature of out-of-body experiences and the benefits of accelerated personal development. Through lectures, workshops and his books the author teaches the preparation and techniques of astral projection and spiritual exploration.

The author brings a refreshing look to how we can use out-of-body experiences to explore our spiritual identity and enhance our intellectual and physical lives. William is best known for his ability to teach people how to have profound spiritual adventures through the use of out-of-body experiences. In addition, he has developed an extensive series of audio programs that are designed to expand awareness and assist in the exploration of consciousness. William has appeared on numerous television and radio shows worldwide. William’s books are currently available in twelve languages. The author lives in Delaware, USA. For more information visit his web site, www.astralinfo.org.

Joe McMoneagle

Joe was the longest operational psychic spy in the US government’s very highly classified Stargate program where they used psychics and intuitives to look into installations and people around the world that were of interest to government intelligence agencies. They called the process remote viewing.

As it turned out, the remote viewers discovered that they were – not limited by either time or space and produced drawings and assessments that could not have been obtained in any other way. The Soviets had an active remote viewing program at the same time and it is rumored that Russia, China and the U.S. still have initiatives of this kind that are operational.

Joe’s stories are fascinating, like the time he mentally got inside a Chinese nuclear weapon and saw how the triggering mechanism worked . . . and then went out and bought the parts at Radio Shack to show the scientists in the intelligence agency exactly how it was done. The remote viewers could find submarines at the bottom of the ocean and crashed aircraft in the middle of African jungles.

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes.

Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor.

As a NY Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe has written Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon(Hay House, 2017), which draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives; You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter (Hay House, 2014), which explores our ability to heal without drugs or surgery, but rather by thought alone; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hay House, 2012) and Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (2007), both of which detail the neuroscience of change and epigenetics. His film appearances include Transcendence: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary (2018); HEAL (2017); E-Motion (2014); Sacred Journey of the Heart (2012); People v. the State of Illusion (2011); What IF – The Movie (2010); Unleashing Creativity (2009); and What the #$*! Do We Know? & Down the Rabbit Hole, extended DVD version (2005).

Dr. Todd Ovokaitys

After two years at Northwestern, he was accepted into an accelerated combined graduate/undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, which conferred both B.A. and M.D. degrees. Advanced training was at Georgetown University Hospital, with a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Intensive Care Medicine.

During his Pulmonary Fellowship, the specialty that concerns the lungs, Dr. Todd began his research with cells of the immune system. Many procedures were done on AIDS patients to diagnose their lung problems. Observing this dire disease firsthand and the toxic results of early medical treatments, Dr. Todd developed a passion for finding better solutions. Towards the end of his Fellowship, he became aware of the benefits of Holistic Medicine for improving the function of the immune system while building rather than impairing the function of other systems.

Inspired to learn more, he moved to Southern California to study with practitioners of Complementary Medicine. In the context of these studies, he had an experience so radical that the course of his life and work were forever transformed.

During a meditation class in the summer of 1989, Dr. Todd paired with another student for an exercise. The process was profound and they took turns, one in the process while the other scribed to record any breakthroughs of awareness. Much as in the Jodie Foster movie “Contact,” the usual anchor points dissolved with the feeling of instant transport to a different dimension of being. There was a doorway or portal to traverse, with a message of the responsibility taken on through the choice to go further.

Instantly upon walking through this doorway, a living form was seen that filled a room – and had the shape of a DNA strand enlarged millions of times. This form communicated that science only partly understood how DNA worked. The linear understanding of DNA as an enormous data string was correct but incomplete. In addition, DNA was a structure of coils within coils in an environment of moving charges that permitted DNA to send electromagnetic signals much as a radio transmitter. Further, DNA could receive and be conditioned by electromagnetic signals. Most significantly, if it were possible to determine and transmit the correct resonant signals, that it was possible to switch the activity of a sick cell to that of a healthy cell, an old cell to that of a young cell.

This experience brought with it a certainty that solutions were possible. After intensive review of the previous work showing the effects of electromagnetic energy patterns on cellular health and function, Dr. Todd located a colleague with the technical expertise to build the desired invention.

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organized a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organization aimed at researching close encounters.

She is the author of, Awakening – How extra-terrestrial contact can transform your life. Mary is working on her second book, The New Human, due for release this year.

Freddy Silva

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

Sharry Edwards

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

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

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

Dr. John McMichael

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

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

Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Rodwell

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, researcher, metaphysician, and founder and principal of ACERN (Australian Close Encounter Resource Network). She is internationally known for her work with ET experiencers and star children. She offers regressions and support for contactees and has organised a buddy system to help those who have had close encounters. Mary has spoken at conferences in Australia, USA, UK, Scandinavia, Hawaii and New Zealand. She is a regular guest on international radio and online shows and writes article for international publications like the UFO Truth Magazine. Mary is co-founder of FREE, a non-profit organisation aimed at researching close encounters.

Steve McDonald

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

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

Robert Coxon

Although Robert Coxon had been studying and composing music for many years, it was after taking the Silva Mind Control course that he realized how powerful sound could be in relaxing the body and opening the consciousness. He then decided to write his first album.

Cristal Silence quickly became a major hit throughout Canada, staying on top of the charts for many years. This was the beginning of his continuing phenomenal success as composer and solo artist. For the last 29 years he has performed only his original compositions in concert. Robert has been nominated four times for the prestigious “Felix” award (French Canada equivalent to the Grammy), and became Canada’s best-selling New Age artist. His international breakthrough came after composing The Silent Path in 1995. This album was an instant hit in Canada, the USA and France. After hearing The Silent Path, Lee Carroll, internationally renowned author of 15 bestselling Kryon and Indigo books, contacted Robert and asked him to join his team on tour. Through the years this has given Robert the opportunity to experience different cultures and inspires him to write music honoring these many countries he performs in.

Robert offers us nine albums, the latest three being The Infinite, essence of life, Goddess -The Power of Woman and Passion Compassion Alegeria.

Joe Dispenza

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Gary Sycalik

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

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

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

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Penny Kelly

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