Howard Bloom

February 2, 2010

“I know a lot of people. A lot. And I ask a lot of prying questions. But I’ve never run into a more intriguing biography than Howard Bloom’s in all my born days.” — Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Howard Bloom has been called “next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton, Darwin, Einstein,[and] Freud,” by Britain’s Channel4 TV, “the next Stephen Hawking” by Gear Magazine, and “The Buckminster Fuller and Arthur C. Clarke of the new millennium” by Buckminster Fuller’s archivist.   Bloom is the author of six books: The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History (“mesmerizing” — The Washington Post), Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century  (“reassuring and sobering”-The New Yorker), The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism (“Impressive, stimulating, and tremendously enjoyable.” James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic), The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates (“Bloom’s argument will rock your world.” Barbara Ehrenreich), How I Accidentally Started the Sixties (“Wow! Whew! Wild! Wonderful!” Timothy Leary), and The Mohammed Code (“a terrifying book…the best book I’ve read on Islam,” David Swindle, PJ Media).

Bloom’s second book, Global Brain, was the subject of an Office of the Secretary of Defense symposium in 2010, with participants from the State Department, the Energy Department, DARPA, IBM, and MIT.  Bloom is founder and head of the Space Development Steering Committee, a group that includes astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Edgar Mitchell (the sixth man on the moon), and members from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Space Society.  He has debated one-one-one with senior officials from Egypt’s Moslem Brotherhood and Gaza’s Hamas on Iran’s global Arab-language Alalam TV News Network. He has also dissected headline issues over thirty times on Saudi Arabia’s KSA2-TV, Ekhbariya TV, Economics TV, and on Iran’s global English language Press-TV. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, who doubles as the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has named a racehorse after one of Bloom’s books.  Bloom has probed the untold story of the Syrian Civil War with Nancy Kissinger.  He is currently working with Caltech’s Keck Institute for Space Studies on two projects: the first parallel-processing planetary mission (a mission to Venus); and an energy infrastructure for the solar system.

Bloom’s area of expertise is mass behavior, from the mass behavior of quarks to the mass behavior of human beings.  He has lectured at Yale, Stanford, and Columbia University’s Department of Neuroscience.  He has published on theoretical physics, cosmology, and evolutionary biology. His scientific work has appeared in: arxiv.org, the leading pre-print site in advanced theoretical physics and math; PhysicaPlus; Across Species Comparisons and Psychopathology; New Ideas in Psychology; The Journal of Space Philosophy; and in the book series, Research in Biopolitics.  He lectured an international conference of quantum physicists in Moscow—Quantum Informatics 2006—on why everything we know about quantum physics is wrong, and the concepts Bloom introduced were later used in a book proposing a new approach to quantum physics, Constructive Physics, by Moscow University’s Yuri Ozhigov.

In addition, Bloom’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Knight-Ridder Financial News Service, Village Voice, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and the Scientific American’s scientificamerican.com.

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See selected books by this author:
Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century
How I Accidentally Started the Sixties
The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism
The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates
The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History