Charles Ostman is an expert in the fields of electronics, materials science, computing, and artificial intelligence. He joined guest host Connie Willis (info) for an update from a genomics conference in London and controversies over selective genomics, considered the Holy Grail to some and a potential nightmare for others. Ostman reflected on just how close we are to this subject that was once a sci-fi movie fantasy and is now becoming a reality (Related Slides).
Ostman discussed the concept of selective genomics and its historical context, particularly focusing on the Human Genome Project led by Craig Venter and Francis Collins. He highlighted the differences in their approaches, with Venter pursuing a more efficient, private venture-funded path, while Collins favored a government-funded, academic approach. He noted Venter's successful completion of the project under budget. Ostman emphasized the significance of computing in advancing genomics, enabling the correlation of genetic information with physiological attributes.
Ostman touched on the decreasing cost of genome sequencing, stating that it has reached around $100 per genome. He speculated that this cost could drop further to $10, making mass genetic data collection feasible. This, in turn, could lead to a massive genetic database with wide-ranging implications for individuals' lives, including access to education, credit worthiness, and job status.
He delved into the ethical and policy aspects of genetic manipulation, discussing the potential to modify genetic traits for specific purposes, such as intelligence or athleticism. He addressed the complex ethical dilemmas surrounding such capabilities, including the risk of genetic discrimination and inequality.
Ostman also explored the connection between genetics and behavior, suggesting that neurochemistry and genetics can play a role in shaping personality traits and behaviors. He raised questions about whether passion and motivation can be engineered into DNA and how genetic information could be used to predict and modify human behavior.
In the second half of the program, Jeremiah Horstmann shared a fascinating account of his experiences at the Bradshaw Ranch (Related Photos), as well as a vivid description of his initial encounter with mysterious creatures and anomalous phenomena. He recalled witnessing two tall, lanky creatures with green eyes and the creatures' subsequent disappearance, seemingly fading away. This sighting marked the start of a two-and-a-half-year period of repeated encounters, not only by Horstmann but also by others in the area, including family members and friends. These experiences included sightings of Bigfoot, UFOs, strange entities referred to as "Invisibles," and even telepathic communication with praying mantis-like beings.
Horstmann delved into the history of the Bradshaw Ranch, originally owned by Bob Bradshaw, a prominent figure in Sedona's history known for his photography and involvement in the film industry. The ranch became a focal point for a wide range of unusual phenomena, and Linda, Bob's second wife, played a significant role in documenting these occurrences. Horstmann suggested these phenomena were part of a larger message to humanity, emphasizing the need for a correction in the path of humankind and a return to a better, more conscious way of living.
Horstmann described several experiences involving the "Invisibles" and Bigfoot sightings in various canyons near the Bradshaw Ranch. These encounters, marked by the absence of sound despite the creatures' massive size, added to the mystique of the area. He also mentioned underground explosions that shook the ground, a common unexplained phenomenon in the region. Horstmann hinted at the possibility of something underground, possibly linking these explosions to mysterious subterranean activities in the vicinity of the Bradshaw Ranch.