Volume 8, Number 7 – May 16, 2005

Volume 8, Number 7
May 16, 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.


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • In the last fifteen years, the earth has become brighter – but no one knows exactly why.
  • A number of animals now possess organs – livers, hearts, brains and other organs – that are partially human
  • Environmental “externalities” are finally becoming soundly quantifiable
  • A study of the Arctic has found that the ice cap is half the thickness it was 30 years ago
  • Female millionaires in the United Kingdom will outnumber their male counterparts across all age groups within 20 years.

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

A Trail of DNA and Data
Corpses Frozen for Future Rebirth
Voters Empowered by Internet Swap Shop

A Trail of DNA and Data – (Washington Post – April 3, 2005)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A20454-2005Apr2
If you’re worried about privacy and identity theft, imagine this. The scene: Somewhere in in Washington. The date: April 3, 2020. When the officer pulling you over walks up to your car, he knows your name; the intersection camera scanned your license plate and your guilty face, and matched both in the DMV database. But that’s just the beginning…

Corpses Frozen for Future Rebirth – (National Geographic – March 18, 2005)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/03/0318_050318_cryonics.html
In an office building in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation is selling a shot at immortality. 67 bodies—mostly just severed heads—lay cryogenically preserved in steel tanks filled with liquid nitrogen, waiting for the day when science can figure out a way to reanimate them. But is deathlessness really a scientific possibility? Joseph Waynick, Alcor’s president and chief executive, certainly thinks so. Many cryobiologists, however, scoff at the idea, contending that the practice is little more than a pipe dream and that current “patients” will never be successfully revived.

Voters Empowered by Internet Swap Shop – (New Scientist – April 30, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7330
Vote-swapping sites are meant to answer the frustration created by the “first past the post” electoral system used in UK general elections and US presidential elections. Votes cast for a losing candidate have no further influence once the winner in a state or constituency is announced. This was the brainchild of law professor Jamin Raskin of the American University in Washington DC, who was troubled when independent left-wing candidate Ralph Nader threatened to draw votes away from the Democrat Al Gore. Raskin wrote an article in the October 2000 issue of the online magazine Slate suggesting people swap votes on the internet. “Vote swapping is a form of do-it-yourself proportional representation,” says Stephen Coleman, an expert on e-democracy at the Oxford Internet Institute. “It is a public strategy to outwit the voting system.”


 

NEW REALITIES

Asteroid Belt Discovered Around Our Sun’s “Twin”
Jupiter Moon May Have Life
Swift Satellite Spies Cosmic Crash
Earth Has Become Brighter, But No One Is Sure Why

Asteroid Belt Discovered Around Our Sun’s “Twin” – (National Geographic – April 21, 2005)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/04/0421_050421_spitzer.html
NASA’s orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence of a massive asteroid belt around a “twin” of our own sun. The finding marks the first time that scientists have found evidence for a massive asteroid belt around a mature, sunlike star. The star, dubbed HD69830, is some 41 light-years away—which, in space terms, is practically our own backyard. The discovery may help reveal how other Earth-like planets could be formed and whether our own solar system is common or unique in space.

Jupiter Moon May Have Life – (National Geographic – March 23, 2005)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/03/0323_050323_jupitereuropa.html
Scientists say Jupiter’s moon Europa rivals Mars as a potential refuge for life. Some of them are now urging NASA to explore the ice-covered satellite. Europa appears to contain likely key ingredients for life—water, an energy source, organic compounds, and billions of years of development. Taken together, these ingredients are sufficient to support life, scientists say. To answer the question of whether life actually exists on Europa, however, requires further exploration with orbiters and landers like those currently exploring Mars.

Swift Satellite Spies Cosmic Crash – (Nature – May 10, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050509/full/050509-4.html
A satellite that NASA sent to investigate mysterious energy bursts has succeeded in glimpsing its quarry. The data it is beaming to Earth support the leading theory that the bursts are generated by the dramatic collision of two neutron stars as they form a black hole. The blast is thought to come from two neutron stars colliding in a galaxy about 3 billion light years away.

Earth Has Become Brighter, But No One Is Sure Why – (New York Times – May 6, 2005)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/06/science/06bright.html
Reversing a decades-long trend toward “global dimming,” Earth’s surface has become brighter since 1990, scientists are reporting. This means that more sunlight – and thus more heat – is reaching the ground. That could partly explain the record-high global temperatures reported in the late 1990’s, and it could accelerate the planet’s warming trend. From 1960 to 1990, the amount of sunshine reaching the ground decreased at a rate of 2% to 3% per decade. In some places, the brightening of the 1990’s has more than offset the dimming. In other places, like Hong Kong, which lost more than a third of its sunlight, the dimming has leveled off, but skies remain darker than in the past. In a few places, like India, the dimming trend continues.


 

GENETICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Adult Stem Cells Cancer Threat
GM Industry Puts Human Gene into Rice
Scientists Create Animals That are Part-Human
Human Eggs Grown from Stem Cells

Adult Stem Cells Cancer Threat – (BBC News – April 20, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4465717.stm
Experts have long known that stem cells harvested from embryos can turn cancerous. They have been linked to leukemias and breast cancer. A Spanish team at the Autonomous University of Madrid looked at human stem cells that had been extracted from fat tissue. When they were transplanted into animals, the oldest stem cells formed cancers. A team of Danish researchers believe the problem has to do with cells replicating too many times.

GM Industry Puts Human Gene into Rice – (The Independent – April 24, 2005)
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0424-06.htm
Scientists have begun putting genes from human beings into food crops in a dramatic extension of genetic modification. In the first modification of its kind, Japanese researchers have inserted a gene from the human liver into rice to enable it to digest pesticides and industrial chemicals. The gene makes an enzyme, code-named CPY2B6, which is particularly good at breaking down harmful chemicals in the body. Researchers have found that adding the human touch gave the rice immunity to 13 different herbicides. This would mean that weeds could be kept down by constantly changing the chemicals used. But scientists caution that if the gene were to escape to wild relatives of the rice it could create particularly vicious superweeds that were resistant to a wide range of herbicides.

Scientists Create Animals That are Part-Human – (Associated Press – April 29, 2005)
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7681252/
On a farm outside Reno, Nevada is a flock of about 50 sheep, many of them possessing partially human livers, hearts, brains and other organs. The biological co-mingling of animal and human is now evolving into even more exotic and unsettling mixes of species. In the past two years, scientists have created pigs with human blood, fused rabbit eggs with human DNA and injected human stem cells to make paralyzed mice walk. Particularly worrisome to some scientists are the nightmare scenarios that could arise from the mixing of brain cells: What if a human mind somehow got trapped inside a sheep’s head?

Human Eggs Grown from Stem Cells – (This is London – May 5, 2005)
http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/18388656?source=Evening%20Standard#
Human eggs which could grow into embryos have been created in a laboratory for the first time. The breakthrough suggests limitless supplies of eggs could be grown, solving the problem of the acute shortage of donor eggs for infertile women wanting IVF treatment. The procedure was tested by a University of Tennessee team, which took ovarian stem cells from five women aged 39 to 52. Cells which were treated with a type of oestrogen called phenol red grew into healthy eggs. Scientists say they could use the technique to ‘farm’ embryos for their research.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Mysterious Viruses As Bad as They Get
Bureaucracy Stymies Flu Tactics
A Parasite Devastates Bees, and Farmers Are Worried

Mysterious Viruses As Bad as They Get – (New York Times – April 26, 2005)
http://forests.org/articles/reader.asp?linkid=41180
Traditional healers in Angola say their grandmothers knew of a bleeding disease similar to the current epidemic of hemorrhagic fever that has killed 244 of the 266 people who have contracted it. The grandmothers even had a treatment for the sickness but the remedy has been lost. The old disease was called kifumbe, the word in the Kikongo language for murder. It was probably not the same as Marburg virus which, in some ways, is equally mysterious.

Bureaucracy Stymies Flu Tactics – (Nature – may 5, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050502/full/050502-7.html
Cases of humans being infected with bird flu are rising in Asia, and there are worrying signs that the virus is mutating into a more transmissible form. But experts say bureaucratic delays will probably defeat attempts to stop a human pandemic in its tracks. In Asia, there are hints that the virus is indeed changing. Incomplete evidence suggests that there may be a shift in the epidemiology of the disease. More clusters are being seen than last year, older people are now coming down with the diseases, and more cases are milder. Taken together, these characteristics could indicate that the virus is becoming less virulent and more infectious.

A Parasite Devastates Bees, and Farmers Are Worried – (New York Times – May 2, 2005)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1395370/posts
This spring, many US beekeepers have faced losses of 50% to 70% of their hives, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, with the West Coast hit the hardest. And while it is normal for a small number of bees to die over the winter, an Asian parasite, the Varroa mite, is blamed for much of the bee death. The problem is not just about honey. Bees are needed to pollinate $15 billion worth of agricultural products a year. Growers report increasing competition, and rising prices, for the hives that are moved around the country in the spring, from the almonds in California in February to the apples, blueberries and other fruits elsewhere later in the season. The Varroa mite came into the country in the early 1980’s. Now the mite – which is unusual among parasites because it kills its host – is developing resistance to the chemicals that beekeepers have been using against it.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Video Conferencing Gets Quantum Security
Western Europe Heads for 100% Cell Phone Penetration

Video Conferencing Gets Quantum Security – (Nature – April 28, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050425/full/050425-9.html
Quantum cryptography has been sped up to the point that it can be used to secure video conferencing. Scientists from Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory have developed a system capable of generating 100 quantum ‘keys’ every second. This is fast enough for every individual frame of video to be protected by its own encryption.

Western Europe Heads for 100% Cell Phone Penetration – (Reuters – May 5, 2005)
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=technologyNews&storyID=2005-05-
05T115243Z_01_L04672798_RTRIDST_0_TECH-TELECOMS-PENETRATION-REPORT-DC.XML

Cell phone penetration in western Europe will hit 100 percent by 2007 as mobile savvy customers continue to buy multiple phones or phone cards. There are already as many mobile phones as people in countries such as the UK, Italy and Sweden. Nonetheless, analysts expect mobile service revenue to grow at a robust 9 percent per year between now and 2007, helped by new third-generation (3G) video phones that can lure customers into digging deep for mobile data services such as quality picture, Internet and music services.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Are you being served?
Retreat of Antarctic Ice Gathers Pace
The Tragedy of the Commons
Scientists Find Climate Change ‘Smoking Gun’
Western Drought Shrinking Big Muddy
One Fifth World’s Reefs Destroyed

Are you being served? – (The Economist – April 21, 2005)
http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=3886849
Putting a cash value on what are called variously “environmental”, “ecosystem” or “ecological” services has, historically, been a fraught process. Early attempts at such valuation resulted in impressive but unsound figures. Now, things have improved. Last month, for example, saw the publication of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the first global survey of ecological services. But the difficult part is providing a precise description of the links between the structures and functions of various bits of the environment, so that proper values can be calculated. Fortunately, according to two reports published by the World Bank at the end of 2004, significant progress has been made towards developing techniques for valuing environmental costs and benefits. There is, says one of these reports, no longer any excuse for considering them unquantifiable.

Retreat of Antarctic Ice Gathers Pace – (Financial Times – April 21, 2005)
http://www.climateark.org/articles/reader.asp?linkid=41021
A study of the Arctic last year found that the ice cap was half the thickness it was 30 years ago and a tenth smaller. Of the 244 glaciers surveyed in the Antarctic, 87 per cent had retreated, by an average of 600 meters. The rate of retreat accelerated to 50meters per year in the past five years, faster than at any other time in the past half century.

The Tragedy of the Commons – (The Economist – May 5, 2005)
http://www.economist.com/agenda/displaystory.cfm?story_id=3930586&fsrc=nwl
Signs of growing scarcity are everywhere: fish are getting smaller, as are catches. Some fishing grounds, such as Canada’s Grand Banks and Europe’s North Sea, are so seriously depleted that they may never fully recover; North Sea stocks of cod have shrunk to about 10% of 1970 levels. Even the last of the world’s waters to be exploited—in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and round Antarctica—have succumbed to the rapaciousness of vast fishing fleets. All over the world, governments are wrestling with the problem, trying to balance what’s best for the sea against what’s best for their fishing industries. Only last week, Ireland introduced a scheme to reduce the number of fishing boats because of a shortage in marine stocks. The week before, Hong Kong’s quasi-parliament had debated similar measures.

Scientists Find Global Warming ‘Smoking Gun’ – (The Scotsman – April 29, 2005)
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4478123
Scientists from NASA, Columbia University and the U.S. Department of Energy determined that precise, deep-ocean measurements showed a rise in temperature that matched their computer model predictions of what would happen in an increasingly polluted world. Although the planet is now soaking up more energy from sunlight than it is reflecting back to space in the form of heat radiation, much of the excess energy remains effectively hidden in the oceans, the study found. But the heat trapped in the oceans will eventually manifest itself, with significant consequences for the world’s climate, the scientists wrote.

Western Drought Shrinking Big Muddy – (USA Today – April 29, 2005)
http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20050429/1a_cover29.art.htm
The Corps of Engineers forecasts this year’s flow of the Missouri River at 16.7 million acre-feet of water, one-third less than normal. Storage behind the Missouri’s six dams is now almost 21 million acre-feet below normal. An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons, the amount used annually by two to three families. About 70% of the Missouri’s normal flow comes from melting snow in Montana, where state officials say it would take 350% of normal snowfall to mend the damage. This winter’s yield: about 65%. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has asked the Pentagon to rotate some of the state’s 1,500 National Guard troops home from Iraq this summer to help fight the wildfires expected because the state’s forests are so dry.

One Fifth World’s Reefs Destroyed – (CNN.com – April 25, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/04/25/seychelles.coral.reut/index.html
A fifth of the world’s reefs have been damaged beyond repair, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) said. Another 50 percent are under imminent or long-term threat because of rising sea levels most scientists blame on global warming. Many species of fish depend on coral reefs for their food or protection and the collapse of the reefs would lead to significant reduction in fish populations and the elevated costs of fish worldwide.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE/ROBOTICS

Cockroaches Inspire Robot Antenna Design
Mind-reading Machine Knows What You See
Robots Master Reproduction

Cockroaches Inspire Robot Antenna Design – (National Geographic – April 8, 2005)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/04/0408_050408_cockroachrobot.html
When scientists set out to build an antenna for a robot, they turned to cockroach biology. The sensor-laden antenna they built resembles a cockroach’s navigational appendage. The antenna sends signals to the robot’s electronic brain, enabling the machine to scurry along walls, turn corners, and avoid obstacles, just like a cockroach. The technology could provide an important navigational alternative for robots that are dispatched into dangerous locations, such as collapsed buildings. Most robotic vehicles rely on artificial vision or sonar systems for navigation. However, robotic eyes don’t operate well in low light, and sonar systems can be confused by polished surfaces.

Mind-reading Machine Knows What You See – (New Scientist – April 25, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7304
It is possible to read someone’s mind by remotely measuring their brain activity, researchers have shown. The technique can even extract information from subjects that they are not aware of themselves. So far, it has only been used to identify visual patterns a subject can see or has chosen to focus on. But the researchers speculate the approach might be extended to probe a person’s awareness, focus of attention, memory and movement intention. In the meantime, it could help doctors work out if patients apparently in a coma are actually conscious.

Robots Master Reproduction – (Nature – May 11, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050509/full/050509-6.html
Humans do it, bacteria do it, even viruses do it: they make copies of themselves. Now US researchers have built a flexible robot that can perform the same trick. The robot consists of four cubes, each 10-cm to a side, which are sliced diagonally into halves that can rotate against each other. This allows the robot to change shape. Provided it is fed with cubes, the robot can create a copy of itself within a few minutes.

 


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

The End of Oil
Beams of Light Could Propel Cargo, Humans

The End of Oil – (Guardian – April 21, 2005)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,1464050,00.html
“Don’t worry about oil running out; it won’t for very many years,” Colin Campbell, who helped to found the London-based Oil Depletion Analysis Centre told a group of ultra-conservative Swiss financiers. “The issue is the long downward slope that opens on the other side of peak production possibly as early as next year. If he is correct, then global oil production can be expected to decline steadily at about 2-3% a year. The cost of everything rises. And the scramble to control oil resources intensifies.

Beams of Light Could Propel Cargo, Humans – (San Francisco Chronicle – April 25, 2005)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/04/25/MNGM4CEAPG1.DTL&
NASA has $400,000 in prize money riding on a competition to stimulate the innovative concept – no matter how weird – for sending people, spacecraft and robots directly out to Mars and the other planets of the solar system. So the day may not be all that far off when vehicles carrying cargo and humans will climb 62, 000 miles high into space on a ribbon of carbon thinner than paper, powered by beams of pure light aimed ever upward from Earth.

 


 

DEMOGRAPHICS

Women are Powering Ahead in the Race for Riches

Women are Powering Ahead in the Race for Riches – (News Telegraph – April 22, 2005)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/
04/22/nrich22.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/04/22/ixportal.html

Female millionaires in the UK will outnumber their male counterparts across all age groups within 20 years. A recent study predicts that women will own 60 per cent of the United Kingdom’s personal wealth by 2025, with many using their professional and personal skills to extraordinary financial effect. At present, women millionaires between the ages of 18-44, and over the age of 65, outnumber male millionaires, and currently own 48 per cent of the UK’s personal wealth.


A FINAL QUOTE…

The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create. – Leonard J. Sweet


 

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