In the first half, Katherine Albrecht, a consumer privacy expert and VP of Start Page, the world's most private search engine, discussed the breakneck speed that tracking technology is evolving and how the prospect of chip implants in humans looms in the future unless a movement of resistance is realized. At a new high-tech office complex in Sweden, tenants are consenting to get an RFID chip implanted under their skin in order to gain entry and use services. Albrecht believes that such technology, in which the flesh is pierced, is akin to what the Bible warned about 2,000 years ago-- the mark of the beast.
A few years back, companies like Blue Cross were using chipping for medical patients. Albrecht and her organization were influential in putting a stop to such medical practices by showing that implanted chips can cause cancer. There is also evidence demonstrating that pets can get tumors associated with being chipped. However, if your pet is already chipped, she advised not having it removed unless you can feel a nodule or hard area around where the chip was implanted. Albrecht also spoke out against the encroachment upon privacy by companies such as Google, which she suggested is not a search engine but a "market research company" that tricks people into revealing information about themselves. She recommended StartMail (an offshoot of StartPage), an alternative, private email service that she's involved in, which recently won an Editor's Choice award from PC Magazine for being the easiest-to-use encryption email program.
In the latter half, child psychiatrist Dr. Jim Tucker, who directs research into children's accounts of past-life memories at the University of Virginia, Division of Personality Studies, reported on his latest work focusing primarily on cases in the United States. We have good evidence that some children do have knowledge of events from the past, he said, and the simplest explanation is that this knowledge comes from memories of their own past life, which somehow they were able to retain. Interestingly, the average age when the child's recall occurs is between two and three years-old, and it typically fades out by the time they're 6 to 7, he cited.
Among the cases he detailed, were Ryan - a boy who believes that he was once a powerful Hollywood agent, and a young golfing prodigy named Hunter who at the age of two declared he was the famous golfer of the 1930's, Bobby Jones, after seeing him on the Golfing Channel. He was also able to identify another golfer that he knew in the 1930s. The boy, now nine, has won over 100 golfing tournaments, Tucker stated. The case is unusual in that Jones had been dead over 50 years. Typically, recalled lives are more recent, with the deceased person having only been gone from two to four years, he noted. Additionally, most recalled lives are of ordinary rather than famous people, Tucker pointed out.