Conversations with Remarkable Minds

A view on the impact and results of climate change denialism from historians in the future – what brought about the collapse of Western civilization?

Prof Naomi Oreskes is a professor in the history of science, specializing in earth and planetary sciences, at Harvard University.  She holds degrees in mining geology from the Royal School of Mines at the University of London and a doctorate in Geological Research and the History of Science at Stanford. In the past she has consulted for the US EPA and the US National Academy of Sciences and has authored many essays and technical reports on economic geology.  Prof. Oreskes received international attention on her critiques of scientific denialism with a focus on climate change and global warming. Her book Merchants of Doubt, co-written with Erik Conway drew attention to the climate change debate as having parallels with debates over tobacco, acid rain and holes in the ozone layer and how vested interests manage to confuse the debate by casting unsubstantiated doubt. Her most recent book is “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future” – a short book that looks back at our time today and in the near future from the perspective of historians writing in the year 2393. Her website is MerchantsOfDoubt.org

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The conservatism of climate change assessment and how we might face the potential extinction of western civilization and humanity in an awakened manner, with Guy McPherson. 

Dr. Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  He has specialized in forest resources, energy decline and climate change and their economic consequences. In the past he has also taught at Texas A&M and University of California at Berkeley.

Having become disillusioned with the American university environment and academia, and after attempts by university officials to silence his outspokenness about the human causes of climate change, Guy abandoned his tenured position as a full professor for ethical reasons of conscience. He is the author of several books, the latest co-written with Carolyn Baker entitled “Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind.”  He is also the co-host of the radio program Nature Bats Last heard every Tuesday evening at 8 pm Eastern on the Progressive Commentary Hour.  His website is  GuyMcpherson.com

 

 

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How the global economic cabal, military industrial cartel and our failure to address climate change are creating a perfect storm leading to a tyrannical world order

Our guest today is the Honorable Paul Hellyer.  Mr. Hellyer is the former Canadian Liberal party politician who held the position of Minister of National Defense, the Canadian equivalent for our Secretary of Defense in the 1960s. He started his political career in 1949 and in 1969 he was designated as Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister. He has been the longest serving member of the Privy Council just ahead of Prince Philip.  Later he sat in Canadian Parliament as an independent and formed the Canadian Action Party in the mid 1990s seeking monetary reform and oppose Canada’s rapid globalization policies. Throughout his life Paul has been opposed to the weaponization of space and during the past decade has become an ardent spokesperson calling upon governments to disclose their knowledge and research into recovered alien technology. He participated in the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, chaired by six former US Congressmen, to testify on extraterrestrial presence. In addition to Mr. Hellyer’s political activities, he is also an author and commentator who has written over a dozen books dealing with macroeconomics, financial crises, globalization, climate change and extraterrestrial technology. His most recent book is “The Money Mafia: A World in Crisis”. His website is PaulHellyerWeb.com

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The latest in health and healing, and how we can live a longer and more enlightened life. Then, an environmental study that reveals there are only two intact forests left on earth. Also, a NY bill that would effectively make you a felon if you are arrested at a protest. Information on California’s water crisis and changing our food system. And much more. 

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CONVERSATION WITH REMARKABLE MINDS

 Transforming our values and activism to confront humanity’s trajectory towards an uncertain and apocalyptic future  

Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, teacher, and author of over thirty books.  He is the founder of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization dedicated to inspiring people to become more involved in challenging our global crises including climate change and to commit themselves to peace and sustainability.

Andrew was born in India, studied at Oxford University where he was a fellow at All Soul’s College, and has taught at Oxford, Cornell, the California Institute for Integral Studies and other institutions over the years.  He is perhaps best known for having explored all the different religions in depth, particularly Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sufism, and interpreting them in a passionate manner that preserves their meaning and significance for our own time.

Andrew has received many awards for his writings including the Benjamin Franklin Award. Among his many books are “The Hope: A Guide To Sacred Activism” which won the Nautilus Silver Award for Social Change. His website is AndrewHarvey.net

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From a biological and anthropological perspective, are we beginning to witness the waning and possible end of male superiority?

Prof. Melvin Konner is the Samuel Chandler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia.  He received his doctorate in biological anthropology from Harvard, having done field work with the Kalahari Bushmen in Africa and later received an MD from Harvard Medical School.  He is the author of 8 books and many peer-reviewed papers, his latest is a particularly controversial yet provocative and important work: “Women After All: Sex, Evolution and the End of Male Supremacy” – which questions our cultural assumptions of maleness and the superior status it has been afforded by our male-dominant society and advocates for the raising of women’s status to bring sanity to our world. His website is MelvinKonner.com

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CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS

Becoming a Conscious Activist by infusing our activism with spiritual values to confront the challenges ahead  

James O’Dea is the former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, founded in 1973 by astronaut Edgar Mitchell to explore the frontiers of consciousness. He was the Director of Amnesty International’s Washington office having spent much time in dangerous conflict areas where human rights abuses were perpetrated, and has represented human rights to different presidents, Congress and foreign heads of state. He has personally trained over 800 peace ambassadors in over 30 countries

James was also the former the executive Director of Seva, a medical nonprofit organization founded by the spiritual teacher Ram Das, best known for its free eye clinics and optic surgery in developing nations, and is a member of the Global Systems INtitiative, which attempts to bring a whole-systems approach to global challenges.

He has written several important books on mind-body medicine, global civilization, and most recently “The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism”   His website is JamesODea.com

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We begin with the latest on health and healing - what to do if you have prostate cancer, and what to do if you’re without purpose in life. Exercise linked to erectile function in men. Also, today is commentary day on a variety of topics, including readiness for environmental and manmade disasters, and the wasteful government bureaucracy of health care. 

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Today, the latest in health and healing, then a special commentary remembering Danny Schechter. We also cover other topics such as the government withholding documents, financial collapse leading to war, and the US prison system. Plus, a continuation of our series on fascism. And more!

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The power and control of secretive autonomous and unaccountable national security elites over the nation’s decision-making regarding war and peace, with Scott Horton.

Dr. Scott Horton is an attorney and contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and lectures at Columbia University Law School with a focus on national security issues, armed conflict, human rights and international law. He is the recipient of the National Magazine Award and continues to practice law privately. Dr. Horton has been a lifetime human rights advocate and served legal the counsel for Andrei Sakharov, Elena Bonner and other human rights activists in the former Soviet Union. He is the former president of the International League for Human Rights and co-founder of the American University in Central Asia. He is the author of several books, his most recently published volume is “Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare,” which explores in great depth how government secrecy today assures that decisions about war and peace are not part of American democracy but decided by autonomous and unaccountable national security elites. His investigative reports can be read on Harpers at Harpers.org

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