Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, 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 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 and The Gralien Report, a science and unexplained mysteries show, as well as an “unfiltered” current events podcast, Middle Theory, which ran until 2015. He has also collaborated with others, such as veteran podcaster Jim Harold, to produce The Paranormal Report, a balanced, but skeptical look at trending news stories that involve claims of unexplained phenomena.
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 continuities 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.
In addition to natural atmospheric illuminations, since 2010 Micah has become well known for his study and commentary on the subject of unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP), a subject that involves scientific research into what have traditionally been called unidentified flying objects or UFOs. Initially, Hanks was invited to present commentary on this subject purely in an editorial fashion; however, careful study of the history of the phenomenon, as well as scientific literature related to its possible explanations, have led Hanks to a more skeptical interpretation of many areas associated with modern UFOlogy.
A minority of collected reports do appear to constitute some basis for the existence of one or more varieties of as-yet unexplained phenomenon. Nonetheless, popular (and controversial) interpretations that include extraterrestrial origins, as well as notions of inter-dimensional or temporal phenomena, etc, are not supported with data that satisfies the requirements of good science. In equal measure, classification systems used for study of the phenomenon in the past have been influenced by social memes and other cultural interpretations of the UFO phenomenon. Because of this, in 2016 Hanks began work on creating a simpler, and more scientific classification system, which employs additional measures to aid in proper tests for falsification, based on the previous work of researcher Allan Hendry. To learn about Micah’s present work with the UFO subject, please see his article on the subject 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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