Friday, October 03, 2008

Science, Physics, and the New Age-The Sage Age

Nashville author of The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom, MaAnna Stephenson is our guest today on Writers in the Sky Podcast. You don't want to miss this show just to find out how she does all she does.

MaAnna is:

- An Electronic engineer
- A recording engineer
- A multi-instrumentalist and Published composer with airplay in 11 countries
- An acoustics tech as a physics minor
- A program coder
- A Webmaster / Designer
- A nationally recognized wood carver
- A student of the Philosophy of Science
- An initiated shamanka
- A published author featured in the Sept 22nd edition of Publisher’s Weekly

Stephenson is a true Renaissance woman. From an early age she was exposed to a myriad of influences including her father's engineering and artistic endeavors, her maternal line of intuitives, and an intrinsic fascination with sound and music. By the time she was a teenager, she was already a multi-instrumentalist and composer, exploring sounds and techniques with special interest in how they affected listeners spiritually and emotionally. She later became a published composer with airplay in eleven countries.

Her advanced education includes attending Jackson State Community College and Lambuth University concurrently, double majoring in music and acoustics with a special apprenticeship at a local recording studio as a sound engineer. MaAnna transferred to Jackson Area Vocational and Technical School, acquiring a degree in electronics.

Both scientists and those embracing new age thought will enjoy this book and the wisdom and wit the author shares in our interview.

Click here to listen to Part 1.. where we discuss the book, its writing, and the author.

Visit for more information and links for purchase. While there, you can also read several articles such as this one giving a sneak peek at topics covered in Stephenson’s book:

As the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ramps up to speed in the media around the world, a Nashville author MaAnna Stephenson is helping the spiritual and scientific communities realize that they may not be as far from one another on their ideology as they might have once thought. However, combining the knowledge of physics with intuitive practice is no small task because the two disciplines often use the same words to mean entirely different things.

Speculations abound as to whether science is on the verge of the biggest breakthrough in history or on the event horizon of creating a black hole. Even some physicists are concerned that while we think we are safely recreating only the first instant of the Big Bang, we may actually be hitting the “reset” button on the entire cycle of creation instead. A book written by MaAnna Stephenson, attempts to address such issues as these. With a well-researched approach to its subjects, The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom (ISBN: 978-1-933449-63-0) covers a broad range of material from ancient to modern thought, frontier science, and current intuitive practice to deliver a depth and breadth of understanding that culminates in a holistic perspective for our time.

Click here to listen to Part 2... in which we share publishing information and marketing tips authors can use to promote their own book.

Considering that much of the science behind the experiments that will be conducted at the LHC are, at best, theoretical, is it any wonder so many folks are nervous about what might happen?

MaAnna reaches into history to remind us that new theories are usually not embraced immediately. More often than not, they are fully accepted only after they are proven. Theories of the world being round instead of flat were recorded as early as fourth century B.C., but many still thought Columbus would certainly fall of the edge of the Earth if he sailed west into the unknown. Even scientists thought that a plane would simply explode if it attempted to break the sound barrier. When the U.S. was ready to send a living being into orbit, they chose a chimp rather than a human because they were concerned about unknown contaminations from space. Einstein’s physics for E=mc2 were not accepted immediately. In fact, relativity theory was looked upon with a raised eyebrow until the theory could be substantiated.

“High energy particle colliders are nothing new,” says Stephenson.”The first ones were developed in the 1930s and called cyclotrons. This type of device used large magnets to guide and accelerate particles ever faster through a spiral configuration. By the early 1940s, such a device was used to enrich uranium for the Manhattan Project. The cyclotrons were eventually developed into extreme high-energy particle colliders which were the biggest machines ever conceived and can only be seen in their entirety from the air because, instead of spiral tracks, they use full circles that are miles wide. They are often referred to as “atom smashers” because they send two particles at high speed around a circle in opposite directions and then document their collision. There are currently seventy-five particle colliders located on six continents around the world. Of the largest, one is the International Linear Collider located at Fermilab. The other is the Large Hadron Collider built for CERN, which is the European Organization for Nuclear Research.”

Will the LHC create an uncontrollable Big Bang or a black hole big enough to swallow the Earth and all its surrounding space, as sensationalized by the popular media? Not likely. It’s more likely that the quantum leap of faith taken by a few contemporary physicists will demonstrate a lack of fear based on an understanding that transcends the science and the math. In doing so, they just might give us a small glimpse from a unique perspective into the nature of reality.

The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom is now available through the publisher, Nightengale Press at (847) 810-8498 and at all major online retailers.


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