Faith or fact? The Large Hadron Collider and The Sage Age
(Nashville, TN) September 12, 2008 — 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 13: 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.
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.
Visit www.SageAge.net for more information and links for purchase. While there, you can also read several articles giving a sneak peek at topics covered in Stephenson’s book.
The Sage Age Uniting New Age and Scientific Communities
Destined to be a major work in its field, Nashville author releases a powerful book certain to be a catalyst for dialogue as it seeks to unite the scientific and intuitive arts communities.
(Nashville, TN) August 23, 2008 — 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. Nashville author MaAnna Stephenson has written a book that she hopes will be a resource for bringing the intuitive arts and scientific communities together through a better understanding of how each one operates.
With a well-researched approach to its subjects, The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom 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. Living up to its mantra of “new models for new thought,” The Sage Age is written for more than the casual seeker. As it demystifies complex ideas with intelligent analogies and examples, the book is designed to appeal to both the scientist and the natural intuitive.
About MaAnna Stephenson: MaAnna is regarded as a visionary thinker and 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. Born in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee, MaAnna began her journey as the youngest of three children with a huge age gap between her and her siblings. Constant inclusion in the world of adults led to an early maturity and perhaps a different view of the world than most children experience.
“My mother was an intuitive, as were all the women in my immediate family,” says Stephenson. “Having psychic senses was quite normal and the information derived from these methods was respected and adhered to. I became accustomed quite early to the fact that there were things—forces and powers—which could not be measured with a ruler but were just as real as anything I could see or touch. My father had the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist. He taught me how to think in a methodical way and how to combine rational investigation with creativity.”
Ms. Stephenson’s advanced education continued this line of exploration. Formally trained in electronics, acoustics and music and initiated as a shamanka, MaAnna has lived immersed in the relationship between science and intuitive wisdom. Her diversity of education and experience has given MaAnna a balanced, tempered approach while providing unique insight into both the rational sciences and the intuitive arts. Her exemplary work spans the music industry, wood carving, and authoring The Sage Age, a book illuminating new models for new thought.
Four years in the writing, this expansive new book combines knowledge from the physical sciences and the intuitive arts to present a visionary perspective that harmonizes these diverse disciplines into one body of knowledge. Although the official publishing date is September 1, 2008, advance copies of The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom are now available through the publisher, Nightengale Press.
Visit www.SageAge.net for more information and links for purchase. While there, you can also read several articles giving a sneak peek at topics covered in the book.
New book blends new science and New Age into
new models for new thought.
The Sage Age demystifies the jargon and harmonizes the concepts
toward a wholistic understanding.
(Nashville, TN) March 6, 2008 – Ever wonder what the phrase “quantum leap” really means? What is the difference between the scientific definition of the word “dimension” and the metaphysical interpretation? Why is there a connection between quantum physics and mysticism? These are the very questions author MaAnna Stephenson began to ask early on as a seeker and student of New Age thought.
Over two decades ago, MaAnna (pronounced May Anna, like JoAnna) became intrigued with the philosophy of new science and how it mirrored ancient mystical teachings. The term “new science” refers to all science that has been directly impacted by the advent of quantum physics. The historical development of quantum physics shows that the founders of this new science were so awestruck by the implications of their mind-boggling discoveries that they turned to the only written sources which could give them any perspective. These writings were the ancient mystical texts of every time-honored religion and belief system.
Over the last half century, an increasing number of books and articles have surfaced in an attempt to clarify the connection between the philosophy of new science and ancient mysticism in a way that is accessible to the lay person. However, what MaAnna found was that many of these writings included terminology which had come into common use but were rarely explained or defined clearly.
For example, most everyone is familiar with the word “quantum” but few people can state what a quantum is. Similarly, most everyone knows that Einstein’s equation E=mc2 revolutionized physics, but many people don’t know what the letters stand for. Even if they do, many are confused about why “c”, which is the speed of light, is squared.
MaAnna found that the same problem existed with the common terminology used in New Age thought and spirituality. Many current books and articles speak of an impending paradigm shift in which we will raise our frequency and enter a new dimension. MaAnna wanted to understand what the terms “frequency” and “dimension” meant in this context. She was also interested in the emergence of Complementary Alternative Therapies in the healing arts and the difference between a medical intuitive, a psychic and an energy worker.
To that end, MaAnna began an intensive course of study and investigation that took over four years to complete. That research culminated in writing the book The Sage Age: Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom. Being degreed in technology and experienced as an intuitive practitioner of music and sound gave her a balanced and discerning approach to explore both schools of thought. “Writing the book completely changed my perspective on the evolution of human thought and where we are headed,” she states.
The Sage Age gives the serious seeker a comprehensive method of understanding the full range of new science as it relates to intuitive wisdom. It demystifies the jargon used in both disciplines and clarifies common misunderstandings. What makes this book new in its approach is that it illuminates the tie of leading-edge science to current intuitive practice instead of ancient mystical texts. What sets the book apart is that it doesn’t just use words often found in books that blend science and spirit, it defines these terms in context to their use.
Every book on the subject already out there has its place because each seeker has a different combination of education and experience. The Sage Age is beyond the primer level but not in the rarefied realms of the Ph.D. It’s for the seeker who has more than a casual interest yet, it is still understandable. The book explains complex ideas with analogies and examples with which anyone can relate. It also includes over 50 illustrations to clarify complicated ideas.
“It’s not a self-help book, but it will change you by changing your perspective,” MaAnna comments. This new work provides a look into the depth and breadth of its subject matter, taking centuries of information and collating it into an understandable cohesive whole. Living up to its mantra of “new models for new thought,” this title is certain to be a catalyst for dialogue and is destined to be a major work in its field. The book will also serve as an invaluable reference guide for years to come.
The Sage Age will be published by Nightengale Press and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2008.
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