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Friday, May 08, 2015

CoastZone: Trajectory of Science

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May 8, 2015   Coast Insider Audio
Trajectory of Science:

With a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley, Leonard Mlodinow is the co-author with Stephen Hawking of the best-seller A Briefer History of Time . On Thursday's show, he discussed his latest magnum opus which covers everything from how early man learned to survive and change both physically and mentally over two to three million years to become the species we are today, as well as the trajectory of modern science from primitive tool making to modern quantum mechanics. Knowledge feeds on previous knowledge in an exponential manner, so that kind of growth tends to start slowly, then quickly shoot up. In 10,000 BC, we had the agricultural or neolithic revolution and people started questioning the meaning of life and the world around us, he noted.

With the arrival of the quantum theory around 1900, and the information revolution and computers a few decades ago, knowledge has dramatically expanded, he said. 500 years ago, people had no electricity or automation, and everything was qualitative. Now experience has become far more quantified, in terms of clocks, and numbers, he cited. Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was probably the single most influential person in science, with his theory of gravity, though he also had a number of failures and fascinations, such as with optics and alchemy, Mlodinow recounted.

Darwin's contribution was critical, with his concept of evolution through natural selection and rapid variation as the guiding principle of biology, while the greatest jewel of science, according to Mlodinow, is quantum theory. Everything that has changed our society, in terms of the computer revolution and electronics is dependent on the quantum idea, he said. Mlodinow also touched on such topics as black holes, the Big Bang, multiverses, Stephen Hawking, and the future of technology.
Violence & Self-Defense:

First hour guest, President and CEO of the International Combat Martial Arts Federation (ICMAF), Bradley Steiner , talked about outbreaks of violence, riots, and law enforcement issues. He cited an increase in people rejecting or ignoring the duly constituted authority of the police as being part of the problem, while acknowledging that there are a small percentage of "rogue" officers who misuse their power. He also shared what self-defense strategies work best for the average person, such as "attacking the attacker" when placed in a violent crime scenario.

Today in Strangeness:

Known as a 'pioneer esotericist,' and a founder of the Theosophical Society, Madame Blavatsky moved on to the next realm on this date in 1891. The synthetic fabric Dacron debuted on this day in 1951; it was the first polyester fiber unleashed on the public.

Coast to Coast AM Schedule 5.8.15 - 5.14.15:

Here's what's coming up in the next week!

Friday, May 8, 2015: With a life long interest in the paranormal, combined with his love of broadcasting and technology, Jim Harold, will share some of his spookiest stories from the world of the strange and unexplained. Followed by Open Lines in the second half.

Saturday, May 9, 2015: "There is currently more scientific evidence to the reality of near death experience (NDE) than there is for how to effectively treat certain forms of cancer," states radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long. He joins Connie Willis (email) to present the strongest argument yet for the underlying truth of those who have died and returned to share their tales. First hour guest, Cliff Barackman, currently serving as the host of Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, presents updates on the elusive creature.

6-10pm PT: Art Bell - Somewhere in Time returns to 5/7/01 when Patch Adams shared his view that medicine and greed go hand-in-hand.

Sunday, May 10, 2015: Jim Kwik , expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and accelerated learning joins host Lisa Garr (email) to discuss how anyone can dramatically enhance their mental performance and how we can all tap into the part of the brain that can make us superhuman. Followed in the second half with Dr. John Moser, who proposes that the solution to many modern problems of humanity is to create a world in which there is only "us," forever shedding the concept of "them."

Monday, May 11, 2015: First Half: Consultant Charles Coppes has been involved with business and finance for over forty years. He believes the issues behind the 2008 financial meltdown have not been properly resolved and when combined with converging domestic and foreign issues, he sees a "perfect financial storm" leading to eventual currency collapse and hyperinflation. He'll cover the various ways astute investors can protect their assets and the well-being of their families.

2nd Half: Psychic medium, teacher, and motivational speaker Sunny Dawn Johnston talks about her communications with angels, guides, and loved ones who have crossed over. She'll outline the various ways to make contact with the Other Side including séances.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015: First Half: Trained not only in human health, but in animal health as well, Dr. Joel Wallach, will discuss the human body's innate ability to heal itself through natural means. Followed by international journalist and educator Alex Newman, who'll address his work with veteran educator Samuel L. Blumenfeld on disturbing trends in public schools, which he claims are dumbing down a generation of American youth.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015: Researcher of ancient mythology and paranormal phenomena, Tom Horn, will be joined by prophecy expert Cris Putnam to discuss a recent Harvard paper showing evidence of another world beneath earth crust that was "pushed" there during a catastrophic impact 4.5 billion years ago. They'll also cover the implications of CERN, their trip to the Vatican observatory, legends from Native Americans of a "time before time," as well as an update on giants and transhumanism.

Thursday, May 14, 2015: Author and researcher Steve Quayle will discuss why many people are concerned about Jade Helm 15 - a special forces training exercise scheduled to take place this summer across seven Southwestern states. Some fear a terrible catastrophe will happen during the exercise, similar to 9/11, Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing which also occurred during scheduled training exercises.

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