Volume 8, Number 8 – 06/16/2005

Volume 8, Number 8
06/16/2005
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…

  • Scientists have grown fully mature brain cells in a laboratory for the first time, using a technique that mimics the natural process of brain regeneration.
  • NASA has used multispectral imaging to decipher lost texts of Sophocles and Euripides as well as some early Christian gospels that do not appear in the New Testament.
  • Scientists at UCLA have initiated a fusion reaction using a laboratory device that’s not much bigger than a breadbox, and works at roughly room temperature.
  • An effort to create the first computer simulation of the entire human brain, right down to the molecular level, was launched.
  • Neuroscientists have been using brain scans to observe what happens in the brain when people evaluate things like beer, cars and politicians.

 

THINK LINKS – THE FUTURE IN THE NEWS…TODAY

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Technology that Imitates Nature
Philips, Infineon Win German Passport Chip Deal
Automatic House
Space Tourism: Marketing to the Masses

Technology that Imitates Nature — (Economist — June 9, 2005)
http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=4031083
Surely human intellect, and the deliberate application of design knowledge, can devise better mechanisms than the mindless, random process of evolution? Far from it. In some cases, engineers can spend decades inventing and perfecting a new technology, only to discover that nature beat them to it. For this reason scientists have spent the past three years building a database of biological tricks which engineers will be able to access to find natural solutions to their design problems.

Philips, Infineon Win German Passport Chip Deal — (Reuters — June 2, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050602/tc_nm/philips_passports_dc
ET Philips Electronics and Infineon said on Thursday they will supply the German passport printing authority with wireless chips for new smart passports for the country’s 80 million citizens. “Based on sophisticated encryption technology, the highly secure chip will be used to hold personal information on the passport holder, reducing fraud and forgery of travel documents and increasing security for travelers,” Netherlands-based Philips said in a statement.

Automatic House — (BBC News — June 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4597121.stm
A unique project is under way in Sheffield to monitor the movements of a family living in a futuristic home packed with the latest technological innovations. Sliding walls, sound wave cleaning, opaque-changing glass, clevar fridges and robots are just a few of the developments predicted to hit the home improvement market soon.

Space Tourism: Marketing to the Masses — (adAstra — June 14, 2005)
http://www.space.com/adastra/050606_isdc_tourism.html
Commuter space travel is sure to roar to life as a big business, at least that’s what space entrepreneurs are hoping for. In fact, people are already putting down money for ticketed flight on rockets that are more artwork than hardware. Ultimately, a passenger’s ticket price for a suborbital spree will come down after several hundred people have flown- for comparison, a T-1 connection to the Internet cost $1 million a year in 1990. Now the equivalent service is $19.99 a month.


 

NEW REALITIES

Most Earth-like Exoplanet yet is Discovered
Andromeda Galaxy 3 Times Bigger than Thought
NASA Science Uncovers Texts of Trojan Wars, Early Gospel
Millennium Simulation — The Largest Ever Model Of The Universe

Most Earth-like Exoplanet yet is Discovered — (NewScientist — June 14, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7517
A small planet just seven or eight times as massive as the Earth has been found circling a nearby star. Astronomers say it is the most Earth-like world we have ever seen beyond our solar system. A slight wobble of the star had already revealed that it is being tugged by the gravity of two gas giants as they orbit around it with periods of 30 and 61 days.

Andromeda Galaxy 3 Times Bigger than Thought — (Space News — May 31, 2005)
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/050530_andromeda_size.html
A map of the outer suburbs of the Andromeda galaxy finds that its rotating disk of stars is three times bigger than previously measured. The implication is that the disk is 220,000 light years in diameter, instead of the earlier estimates of 70,000 to 80,000 light years. In our sky, that means Andromeda stretches out over the length of 12 full Moons.

NASA Science Uncovers Texts of Trojan Wars, Early Gospel — (Chicago Tribune — May 19, 2005)
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/chi-0505190301may19,0,6989052.story
The scholars at Oxford University are not sure how it works or why; all they know is that it does. A new technology called is turning a pile of ancient garbage into classical knowledge, bringing to light the lost texts of Sophocles and Euripides as well as some early Christian gospels that do not appear in the New Testament.

Millennium Simulation — The Largest Ever Model Of The Universe — (Science Daily — June 4, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050604061156.htm
The Virgo consortium, an international group of astrophysicists from the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada and the USA has today (June 2nd) released first results from the largest and most realistic simulation ever of the growth of cosmic structure and the formation of galaxies and quasars. The “Millennium Simulation” employed more than 10 billion particles of matter to trace the evolution of the matter distribution in a cubic region of the Universe over 2 billion light-years on a side.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Cloning a Champion
Artificial Heart
World First: Brain Cells Grown in Laboratory
Cigarettes Age Your DNA
Zarlink Unveils Wireless Chip for Medical Implants

Cloning a Champion — (CNN — May 24, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/05/23/cloning.thoroughbreds.ap/index.html
The first cloned horse in the United States, dubbed Paris, is the world’s third to be successfully cloned. In San Diego, a small startup called Geneticas Life Sciences said it will begin to sell horse cloning services next year and expects to charge between $150,000 and $200,000 each.

Artificial Heart — (BBC News — June 1, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4598751.stm
Peter Houghton was just weeks away from certain death when doctors offered him a radical new treatment – would he like the world’s first mechanical heart? The device, costing £60,000 for the device alone and between £100-200,000 for the hospital care, is much smaller than other similar devices and can be left in permanently.

World First: Brain Cells Grown in Laboratory — (The Independent — June 14, 2005)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/story.jsp?story=646759
Scientists have grown fully mature brain cells in a laboratory for the first time, using a technique that mimics the natural process of brain regeneration. It promises to open the door to new ways of treating and possibly curing debilitating brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Cigarettes Age Your DNA — (Nature — June 13, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050613/full/050613-3.html
It isn’t news that eating fatty foods and smoking can shorten your life expectancy, but now a study shows that a lifetime of these unhealthy habits can directly ‘age’ DNA by years. The immediate impact of such ageing could provide a different motivation to quit smoking or start a diet, alongside the fear of one day contracting cancer or heart disease.

Zarlink Unveils Wireless Chip for Medical Implants — (Reuters — May 31, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050531/tc_nm/tech_zarlink_dc
Zarlink unveils a ground-breaking wireless chip for medical implants that could allow doctors to monitor a patient’s pacemaker or even control a diabetic’s insulin dosage from miles away. As the world’s first chip designed specifically for in-body communication systems, Zarlink’s high-speed chip transmits about ten times the data of rival products, while consuming about 20 percent of the power, the company said.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

UCI Scientists Create World’s Fastest Information Transmitting Method.
Nanotechnology Combined with Superconductivity Could Pave the Way For ‘Spintronics’

UCI Scientists Create World’s Fastest Information Transmitting Method. — (UC Irvine — June 13, 2005)
http://today.uci.edu/news/release_detail.asp?key=1337
UC Irvine scientists have demonstrated for the first time that carbon nanotubes can route electrical signals on a chip faster than traditional copper or aluminum wires, at speeds of up to 10 GHz. The breakthrough could lead to faster and more efficient computers, and improved wireless network and cellular phone systems, adding to the growing enthusiasm about nanotechnology’s revolutionary potential.

Nanotechnology Combined with Superconductivity Could Pave the Way For ‘Spintronics’ — (Science Daily — June 1, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050527110331.htm
Many researchers are betting that the future will belong to “spintronics”: a nanoscale technology in which information is carried not by the electron’s charge, as it is in conventional microchips, but by the electron’s intrinsic spin. Now, a University of Notre Dame physicist and his colleagues believe they have found such a control technique.


 

GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

Virus Vaccines Show Promise
Can Tamiflu Save Us from Bird Flu?
Fungi Destroy Mosquitoes
Study Reveals New Way for West Nile Virus to Spread
Chinese Government Pleas with Poultry Sector

Virus Vaccines Show Promise — (Wired News — June 5, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,67751,00.html?tw=wn_1techhead
Canadian and U.S. scientists have developed vaccines that protect monkeys from the deadly Marburg and Ebola viruses and show promise for humans.The data would suggest that instead of 100 percent chance of dying, they would have an 80 percent chance of survival.

Can Tamiflu Save Us from Bird Flu? — (New Scientist — June 2, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18625023.100
Amid ominous signs that H5N1 bird flu is acquiring the ability to spread more readily among people, many health authorities are pinning their hopes on Tamiflu, the only available antiviral drug known to block the replication of the virus. But can the drug really help stop an emerging flu pandemic?

Fungi Destroy Mosquitoes — (Nature — June 9, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050606/full/050606-13.html
At least 300 million acute cases of malaria occur each year and cause at least a million deaths, according to the World Health Organization. However, researchers have found that an oil-based fungal treatment could be a viable alternative to the insecticides to which mosquitoes have grown resistant.

Study Reveals New Way for West Nile Virus to Spread — (Scientific American — June 7, 2005)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=000478B9-B728-12A4-B72883414B7F0000
Study Reveals New Way for West Nile Virus to Spread. The findings indicate that the virus can pass from one mosquito to another while they feed on previously uninfected animals. The new results suggest a previously assumed days-long waiting period between mosquito feedings is not required for transmission.

Chinese Government Pleas with Poultry Sector — (Associated Press — June 10, 2005)
http://www.ap-foodtechnology.com/news/printNewsBis.asp?id=60581
The Chinese government proposed a buy-out offer to the poultry industry to cut the maximum number of chickens bred in China by half, from 3.7 million to 1.8 million in response to the Bird flu, which has been affecting Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam since early last year, killing 52 people in the three countries.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Foggy Screen Points the Way
Self-wiring Supercomputer is Cool and Compact
Television Reloaded
Advertisers Tap Brain Science
World’s First UV ‘Ruler’ Sizes Up Atomic World

Foggy Screen Points the Way — (Nature — June 10, 2005)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050606/full/050606-17.html
Forget plasma screens, here’s one made out of nothing but water. Poke a finger at the screen, and the laser beams scanning the surface of the fog are interrupted, allowing the system to detect where you have ‘clicked’. The gadget’s most obvious applications are for splashy displays at high-tech events, but the absence of traditional hardware make this display an attractive option in a variety of possible settings.

Self-wiring Supercomputer is Cool and Compact — (New Scientist — May 31, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7448
An experimental supercomputer made from hardware that can reconfigure itself to tackle different software problems is being built by researchers in Scotland. Edinburgh system will be up to 100 times more energy efficient than a conventional supercomputer of equivalent computing power (1 teraflop) and will need only as much space as four conventional PCs, while a normal 1 teraflop supercomputer would fill a room.

Television Reloaded — (Newsweek– June 14, 2005)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7935915/site/newsweek/
It’s a transformation as significant as when we went from black-and-white to color- and it’s already underway. The promise is that you’ll be able to watch anything you want, anywhere- on a huge high-def screen or on your phone.

Advertisers Tap Brain Science — (Wired News — May 31, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,67597,00.html?tw=wn_1techhead
Scientists are scanning brain activity in the hopes of catching sight of the physical mechanisms that determine whether you prefer Coke over Pepsi. The development of “neuromarketing,” could one day lead to new advertising strategies that directly stimulate hard-wired mental reflexes rather than appealing to fuzzy consumer attitudes.

World’s First UV ‘Ruler’ Sizes Up Atomic World — (Science Daily — June 5, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050604203129.htm
The world’s most accurate “ruler” made with extreme ultraviolet light has been built and demonstrated with ultrafast laser pulses. The new device, which consistently generates pulses of light lasting just femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second, or millionths of a billionth of a second) in the ultraviolet region of the electromagnetic spectrum, is expected to become an important tool for ultraprecise measurements in many fields of science including chemistry, physics and astronomy.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

China Says Polluters Getting Official Protection
Environment Atlas Reveals Planet Wide Devastation

China Says Polluters Getting Official Protection — (Reuters — June 2, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050602/sc_nm/environment_china_dc
China, the world’s top coal producer and second-largest producer of greenhouse gases, handled more than 200 cases of local governments protecting polluters last year. With 300 million people not having access to drinkable water, as well as stiffled clean-up campaigns due to spotty enforcement and uncooperative industry, China’s limited environmental progress is a pressing global concern.

Environment Atlas Reveals Planet Wide Devastation — (Reuters — June 3, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050604/sc_nm/environment_atlas_dc
The devastating impact of mankind on the planet is dramatically illustrated in pictures recently published in a new environmental atlas by the United Nations. Showing explosive urban sprawl, major deforestation and the sucking dry of inland seas over less than three decades, the atlas includes progressive satellite photos of major cities like Las Vegas, Beijing, and Delhi, that “serves as an early warning”, says U.N. expert Kaveh Zahedi.


 

TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Robots Putting Their Heads Together
Mobile Army Requires Solar Soldiers

Robots Putting Their Heads Together — (Philadelphia Business Journal — June 10, 2005)
http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2005/06/13/story1.html?page=2
The key to getting robots to perform complex tasks may not be in making them smarter. Instead, it may be in getting a lot of dumb robots to act together. The groups would be similar to insects such as ants, which together can perform quite complex tasks, even though individually they are pretty simple.

Mobile Army Requires Solar Soldiers — (Technology Review — May 16, 2005)
http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/05/wo/wo_051605gartner.asp?trk=nl
The Army is now field testing portable battery chargers, tents, and sensor systems containing flexible solar cell materials that can be rolled up or folded for easy storage. The new materials “allow someone to go farther, stay longer, and be more self sufficient”.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

Toyota Aims to Sell Service Robots by 2010
Mission to Build a Simulated Brain Begins
AI Developed for Mars Explorers

Toyota Aims to Sell Service Robots by 2010 — (Reuters — May 31, 2005)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050531/tc_nm/autos_japan_toyota_dc
Toyota Motor Corp. aims to start selling robots that can help look after elderly people or serve tea to guests by 2010.

Mission to Build a Simulated Brain Begins — (NewScientist — June 6, 2005)
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7470
An effort to create the first computer simulation of the entire human brain, right down to the molecular level, was launched on Monday. The “Blue Brain project”, a collaboration between IBM and a Swiss university team, will involve building a custom-made supercomputer based on IBM’s Blue Gene design. The hope is that the virtual brain will help shed light on some aspects of human cognition, such as perception, memory and perhaps even consciousness.

AI Developed for Mars Explorers — (BBC — June 15, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4084058.stm
A computer system designed to look for life on Mars has been tested at a site on Earth resembling a Martian region being explored by one of Nasa’s rovers. The system, to be worn by an astronaut, is configured with Intelligent software that picks out interesting features in the landscape.


 

ENERGY REVOLUTION

Solar Thermal Building Product Demonstrates Energy Savings of 48%
Coming in out of the Cold: Cold Fusion, for Real
The Mad Genius from the Bottom of the Sea
Biomass Adds to Ethanol Debate
Pilot Plant on Stream to Turn Manure into Usable Energy

Solar Thermal Building Product Demonstrates Energy Savings of 48% — (Science Daily — June 3, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050603062117.htm
Researchers at the Alberta Research Council Inc. (ARC) have completed a pilot study identifying a more efficient technology to insulate homes, reducing space heating costs for homeowners. Researchers proved by combining direct solar collection and heat storage technology with existing structural insulated panel system (SIPS), energy consumption for space heating could be reduced by 48%.

Coming in out of the Cold: Cold Fusion, for Real — (Christian Science Monitor — June 14, 2005)
http://csmonitor.com/2005/0606/p25s01-stss.html
This time, it looks like the real thing. A very reputable, careful group of scientists at the UCLA has initiated a fusion reaction using a laboratory device that’s not much bigger than a breadbox, and works at roughly room temperature.

The Mad Genius from the Bottom of the Sea — (Wired — June 6, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.06/craven.html?pg=1&topic=craven&topic_set=
The new energy system exploits the dramatic temperature difference between ocean water below 3,000 feet – perpetually just above freezing – and the much warmer water and air above it. That temperature gap can be harnessed to create a nearly unlimited supply of energy. Already, 39-degree-Fahrenheit water courses through the Natural Energy Lab’s newest pipe – a 55-inch-diameter, 9,000-foot-long polyethylene behemoth – at the rate of 27,000 gallons a minute, 24 hours a day.

Biomass Adds to Ethanol Debate — (Wired News — June 2, 2005)
http://www.wired.com/news/planet/0,2782,67691,00.html?tw=wn_1techhead
Biomass could be converted into ethanol in commercial quantities at a cost equivalent to $25 per barrel of crude oil, or roughly half the current price of imported oil, according to expert E. Kyle Datta. Producing 2.4 million barrels of ethanol per day would “be a $40 billion per year transfer of wealth from the Middle East to our farmers,” added Datta in regard to the new technology, which processes biomass from widely available plant and tree residue.

Pilot Plant on Stream to Turn Manure into Usable Energy — (Science Daily — June 3, 2005)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050603062633.htm
A new pilot plant at Highland Feeders, one of Canada’s largest feedlot operations, demonstrates technology to transform manure into energy, bio-based fertilizers and reusable water, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts associated with land application of manure.


 

DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE

‘Cities in Crisis’, Leaders Warn
Lawmakers Vote to Ban Sale of Violent Video Games

‘Cities in Crisis’, Leaders Warn — (BBC News — June 5, 2005)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3658752.stm
World leaders and mayors have warned that rapid urbanisation is set to become one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century. Already 50% of the world’s population live in an urban setting and that could grow to two-thirds by 2050, the World Urban Forum in Barcelona was told.

Lawmakers Vote to Ban Sale of Violent Video Games — (null — May 31, 2005)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/fun.games/05/31/video.games.ban.ap/index.html
Lawmakers voted to ban the sale of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors in Illinois, a move other states and cities have tried but federal courts have repeatedly struck down. Under the legislation, clerks who knowingly sell adult video games to minors could be fined $1,000.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

The thing to remember is that the future comes one day at a time. —Dean Acheson


 

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

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

Paul H. Smith

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

John L. Petersen

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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

Gregg Braden

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

Dr. Harold Puthoff

Although nominated for a Nobel Prize in physics for his breakthrough theoretical work on zero-point energy, Dr. Harold Puthoff, is most recognized for having been a co-founder of the secret US government “remote viewing” program that successfully used psychics to spy on the Soviet Union and China.

Now a principal and science advisor in a leading-edge effort by former senior military and intelligence managers to disclose the many decades of interest that the US has had in UFOs, he comes to Berkeley Springs on the 8th of February to give a TransitionTalk about his work in making sense out of the UFO phenomena.

Dr. Puthoff’s presentation will include a summary of his current activities with To The Stars Academy, which is on the forefront of bringing into the open formerly highly classified efforts by the government to track, record and understand the meaning of hundreds of encounters that the military has had with UFOs over the past years.

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

Regina Meredith

As Regina’s career progressed, so did her decades long exploration into the world of esoteric and hidden sciences – the reality beyond the 5 sense world. Guidance from these realms suggested it was time to bring her skill set to the world of video/televised media, so in late 2004, along with her husband Scott, she co-created ‘Conscious Media Network’, the first online network to feature full length original video interviews with authors and experts in the realms of the meta-physical, healing arts and alternative theories, opening up a world that many had experienced but never had access to on this scale.

Gaia: In 2012, Conscious Media Network merged with Gaiam TV in 2012, with Regina serving as anchor in their new media division on Open Minds and Healing Matrix. The demand for Regina’s unique perspective on a variety of subjects has drawn attention from conference organizers, moving her into the public as a presenter at conferences. In addition, Regina offers retreats and workshops for those who wish to ‘Dive Deep’ into a new understanding of the nature of reality and life itself. In this venue she shares her exclusive approach to meditation and regression work for a greater understanding of life’s challenges and identifying the innate joys.

Joni Patry

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

Alain Nu

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

Penny Kelly

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

Joey Korn

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

Jim McCarty

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

Charles Eisenstein

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

Raymon Grace

Raymon Grace, one of the world’s most extraordinary dowsers, travels the world teaching and demonstrating how dowsing can be used by most anyone to change themselves and the world around them. His down-home, direct approach is sought out by many thousands of searchers who are looking for bettering their lives and dealing with the extraordinary change that the world is experiencing.

Dennis McKenna

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

Dr. Larry Dossey

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

Lee Carrol a.k.a. Kryon

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

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

Robert David Steele

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

Thomas Drake

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

Chris Robinson

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

Dr. John McMichael

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

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

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

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

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Gary Sycalik

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

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Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

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

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

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

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

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

Sharry Edwards

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

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

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

Penny Kelly

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