Archive for December 2013
CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS
A philosophical and psychological exploration into the origins and our society’s dysfunction and the emergence of a new culture
Professor Ashok Gangadean is the distinguished Margaret Gest Professor of Global Philosophy at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where he has taught for almost 40 years. His life long study and passion has been to clarify the common ground at the heart of human reason and to promote a deeper dialogue to bring forth a more integral and holistic global consciousness, which can remedy the apocalyptic fervor associated with our fragmented world. Ashok is the founder of the Global Dialogue Institute, a co-founder of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality (which includes Ervin Lazslo, Desmond Tutu, Hazel Henderson, Jane Goodall, Robert Thurman, Cornell West), and he is the host of the award winning program Global Lens on PBS in Philadelphia. Among his books are Meditative Reason: Toward a Universal Grammar and Between Worlds: The Emergence of Global Reason.
Arne Gundersen is founding chief engineer of Fairwinds Energy Education, a non profit organization dedicated to educating the public about nuclear power and other energy issues. In the past he was an energy advisor with 39-years of nuclear power engineering experience and a former nuclear industry senior vice president. During his industry career, Arne managed and coordinated projects at 70-nuclear power plants around the country. Now an independent nuclear engineering and safety expert, Arne has provided testimony on nuclear operations, reliability, safety, and radiation issues to the NRC, Congressional and State Legislatures, and Government Agencies and Officials throughout the US, Canada, and internationally. In 2008, he was appointed by the Vermont Senate President to be the first Chair of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Oversight Panel.He is regarded as one of the leading nuclear experts who is conveying the truth about the dangers of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants and the global threats from the on-going release of radiation. His website is FairWinds.org
Dr. Helen Caldicott is perhaps the single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to counter the nuclear and environmental crises. She has a medical degree from the University of Adelaide and was a pediatric instructor Harvard Medical School until 1980 when she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war. She co-founded the Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. Dr. Caldicott has received numerous awards, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling and has 21 honorary degress. The Smithsonian has named Dr. Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th century.
She has written many articles and books, her latest being “Nuclear Power is Not the Answer to Global Warming or Anything Else.” Her website is www.HelenCaldicott.com
Prof. Harvey Wasserman is a professor of history at Columbus State College and Capital University in Ohio. He is an investigative journalist, author and has been a national voice in the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements for over four decades. He is also a senior advisor for Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and founder of Solartopia.org, a grassroots endeavor to promote a green-powered earth. Among his many books are “George W Bush vs. the Superpower of Peace” and his articles appear frequently on Counterpunch, Alternet, NukeWatch, Huffington Post and others.
Harvey can also be heard every Monday afternoon at 3 pm Eastern as host of “Green Power and Wellness” on the Progressive Radio Network. His website is Solartopia.org
Special on Climate Change and its very real impact on our society and civilization
Prof. Tim Garret is Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah where he specializes in cloud physics remote sensing and atmospheric radiation. He is also the president and co-founder of Fallgatter Technologies. Prof. Garret more recently has been applying physical principles of thermodynamics for a deeper understanding of the relationship between global and national economies to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and its impact upon civilization and society.
Tim has a degree in physics from the University of Waterloo and a masters and doctorate in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington. His website can be found at INSCC.Utah.edu/~tgarrett
Paul Beckwith is a doctoral candidate in the Laboratory of Paleoclimatology and Climatology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, where he also teaches as a part time professor. Paul’s research specializes in abrupt effects from climate change (such as tornados and rise in more fierce tropical storms), greenhouse gas emissions, the global implications of the melting of the Arctic icecaps, and social media for climate change advocacy. He is a member and blogger for the Sierra Club and participant in the Arctic Methane Emergency Group and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.
You can read his blog at SierraClub.ca/en/blog/paul-beckwith
Cory Morningstar is a Canadian investigative reporter, author and an environmental activist warning against the impacts of anthropogenic global warming and climate change. Working closely with climate change activists, she works with Canadians for Action on Climate Change, is a member of International Climate Justice Now, and was a former president of a chapter of Council of Canadians. Cory earlier worked on the People’s Agreement in Cochabamba and she has been a leading journalist in exposing the climate threats due to the XL keystone pipeline and Canada’s tar sands. Her writings can be found on Counterpunch, Political Context and other sites. Her website is TheArtOfAnnihilation.com
Dr. Ann Jones is seasoned war journalist and investigative reporter, a photographer and the author of eight books, now translated into ten languages. Since 2002, Ann has reported from conflict zones in Afghanistan, South Asia, West Africa and the Democratic republic of Congo. Her focus has been on the impact of America’s wars upon civilians and the American soldiers who fight our wars. Her most recent book is “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars – The Untold Story,” which was supported by a fellowship from Harvard University, and paints a horrid picture of the dead, wounded and mutilated, brain damaged and drug addicted, and suicidal causalities within our military ranks and its effect on families and loved ones. Ann resides in Norway and her website is AnnJonesOnline.com