Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, current events, cultural studies, technology, business, philosophy, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades.
“I think my primary goal is to want to help people as much as possible,” Micah says, “and learn as much about our world, and the universe, as I can. I think that sums up my primary goals in life.”
Podcasting became a hobby for Micah in early 2011 after a six-year stint working in radio as a producer and on-air talent. Since then, he has continued to pursue his passion for information-driven talk programming through a variety of podcasts, including The Micah Hanks Program, as well as The Gralien Report, a science and unexplained mysteries show, and an “unfiltered” current events podcast, Middle Theory, which ran until early 2015. He has also collaborated with others such as veteran podcaster Jim Harold to produce The Paranormal Report.
Information science, as well as learning, productivity, business and economics also rank among Micah’s areas of study. Similarly, the controversy surrounding artificial intelligence, surveillance, and the broadening of human knowledge through the World Wide Web have all become similar areas of focus, which have prompted Micah to interview leading thinkers in the field, such as Benjamin Goertzel, Ph.D. about forecasts for the future of humanity.
Micah has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, Caravan to Midnight with John B. Wells, the History Channel’s Guts and Bolts, CNN Radio, and many others. He has also lectured on a variety of subjects, including consciousness studies, technological singularity, aviation history, and historical mysteries.
He is author of several books, including The Ghost Rockets, a survey of drone-like technologies of unexplained origin, reported since the Cold War era; Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule: The Search for Sentient Intelligence from Other Worlds, a book which focuses on continuity between various altered states of consciousness described throughout history; Reynolds Mansion: An Invitation to the Past, an historical overview of one of Asheville, North Carolina’s oldest Antebellum homes; and his 2012 New Page Books release, The UFO Singularity, which focuses on purported “exotic” aerial phenomena, and how anecdotal reports of such observations mirror some technological innovations occurring in the present day, along with those expected for tomorrow.
Micah has written as a blogger for sites such as Mysterious Universe for a number of years, and has had numerous articles featured in various journals, newspapers, and magazines.
Hanks has undertaken a number of personal projects involving scientific anomalies, which include a website devoted to the scientific study of anomalous sounds in nature, and another focusing on specific seasonal seismic phenomena. Micah has also been long associated with research into anomalous nocturnal illuminations in nature, akin to what geologists label “earthquake lights”, or which in some cases may bear similarity to the phenomenon known as ball lightning. Purported earth-light phenomena of this sort exist in a variety of locales, including one in western North Carolina known regionally as “The Brown Mountain Lights,” to which Hanks devotes as much time as possible when his schedule, and weather conditions, allow. For an overview of the Brown Mountain Lights that relies of available scientific data, please see Micah’s article here.
When not working on his various research or other projects, Micah enjoys reading books on philosophy, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and history. He also enjoys watching documentaries and theatrical films, particularly in the science fiction genre; it’s no secret among those who know Micah well that he is a devoted fan of Doctor Who, England’s longest-running sci-fi drama.
Micah lives in the heart of Appalachia near Asheville, North Carolina, where he makes a living as a musician, web designer, and writer.
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