Broadcast 1644 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Dr. Bruce Cordell. Topics: Maslow Windows suggesting a coming period of economic space boom. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Bruce Cordell back to the program for a nearly two hour discussion of trends pointing to a coming period of space and economic boom around 2015. Dr. Cordell goes over the Maslow Windows, the historical trends and why the evidence supports the coming space boom theory. During our first segment, Dr. Cordell introduced us to the Maslow Windows theories, trends, historical significance and provided the groundwork for our understanding why the period around 2015 suggests a great space boom with parallels throughout history for undertaking and finishing great development projects such as the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, and Lewis and Clark. As you will hear, one of the key indicators is a return to a period of wide spread feeling of ebullience throughout the nation. As this period develops, we see the very strong interconnection of politics with economics helping to form the policy supporting the boom. In helping us to understand the trends and history, Dr. Cordell talked about Sputnik, Gallup polls of the time regarding space and other relevant issues. As the first segment closed, Dr. Cordell was asked how we end up going in the opposite direction, from ebullience to gloom. As we started the second segment, our guest focused more on Apollo, JFK, the early to mid ‘60s mindset, Apollo 13, and the Viet Nam war. He then talked about what he called Pole Mania, the discovery of the North Pole followed by the South Pole. Dr. Cordell described potential speed bumps along the way to the coming boom period, but sees historical trends repeating themselves and coming to a head around the 2015 time period. Listeners wanted to know the triggers or the signs of the coming or projected economic boom and here Dr. Cordell referenced complexity theory. Dr. Cordell cited three signs to pay attention to: 1) Great explorations; 2) large technological programs; 3) and there is usually a major war near or at the end of the window. Another thing to note is that the Maslow Window is known for dramatic change. He cited as an example of our going from boats and canoes to the Saturn V rocket. In our third and final segment, Bruce discussed what he called the “panic” of 2008. The historical trends point to the boom within 6-7 years of such a panic. He also listed other historical periods that confirm the Maslow Window prediction. He had much to say about Sputnik in this discussion, President Eisenhower, and the International Geophysical Year in which nations agreed to explore together. Our guest then talked about great events and suggested they shake us up. A Chinese Moon program would be such an event. A successful Russian-Chinese Phobos Grunt Mission could shake us up as well. Don’t miss this discussion. Near the end of our discussion, he said that the Maslow Window is short lived with little time to act to take advantage of the feelings in society, the opportunities, and the timing. He did talk about ways to plan for an attempt to expand the Window time frame using a Mars launch at the optimum time of 2033 as an example of extending the Window, way beyond its short lived period. Post your comments and questions on the blog URL above. You can also reach Dr. Cordell through his website,



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28 Oct 2011 Dr. Bruce Cordell
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