FRIENDS AND INSPIRERS
exchange of ideas and thoughts between individuals has always
played a part in the growth of civilizations,
and for Hans as well. This is a partial list of friends and
others who have inspired him through the years. With warm
Dr. Sagan was a prominent NASA scientist, author and public
educator. His TV-series Cosmos made a huge impact on Hans,
as he almost poetically connected our quest for the stars
with all aspects of Human culture. Sagan was a scientist,
but for Hans, he was a source of spiritual inspiration.
Carl Sagan met Hans on several occasions, commending him for
his work and starry family name.
If I would mention only one visionary entrepreneur
here, it had to be Elon Musk. He is the guy who doesn't only
talk about changing the world, he does it. He make
electric cars for Earth and spaceships that could take us
to planet Mars. And not just for the money, but because he
believes it's important. For the future of Humankind, and
for his personal dreams. I'd like to know him!
Semitjov brought the future to Sweden. A reporter/illustrator
with Russian roots, he got a unique insight in early Space
Age events. He also wrote about amazing topics like telepathy
& time travels, and eventually became Hans' close friend.
Peter Nilson was the astronomer who became an admired writer.
His unique style combined science with myth and local tales
with cosmological reflections. Peter later got to know Hans
and also contributed to his millennium interviews.
Sweden's internationally recognized electronic music pioneer.
Hans & Ralph, who know each other, also share the same
appreciation for the beauty of our cosmic nature, deploring
old groupthinking associated with religion, sports and politics.
Prominent British biologist and humanist engaged in the public
debate against collective religion, creationism, false beliefs
and superstition. He has written several bestselling books
on these topics, and also introduced the term "meme"
to show that ideas can evolve much like genes.
Researcher and philosopher known for issues related to the
future evolution and survival of living beings in the cosmos,
including both ourselves and possible ETs, and related transhuman
questions on AI, the mind & singularity. Great thinker!
Science Educators everywhere
A few decades ago, we learned science from schools and professional
journals. They were accurate, but not always inspirational.
Lately, that has changed. Although the Internet is full of
beliefs and pseudosciences, there is also a new wave of young
educators & opinionmakers out there, using new methods
to get the word out - even art, music & poetry. You're
a great source of inspiration!