Just throwing some stuff in to get things going... there are two number 4 items by the way.
From about the author
page on the MBT site (I used google's cache option to see it while the site is down):1. Tell us briefly about the speaker: Occupation? Honors or distinctions? Recent work?
Tom Campbell began researching altered states of consciousness with Bob Monroe (Journeys Out Of The Body, Far Journeys, and The Ultimate Journey) at Monroe Laboratories in the early 1970s where he and a few others were instrumental in getting Monroe's laboratory for the study of consciousness up and running. These early drug-free consciousness pioneers helped design experiments, developed the technology for creating specific altered states, and were the main subjects of study (guinea pigs) all at the same time. Campbell has been experimenting with, and exploring the subjective and objective mind ever since. For the past thirty years, Campbell has been focused on scientifically exploring the properties, boundaries, and abilities of consciousness.
During that same time period, he has excelled as a working scientist, a professional physicist dedicated to pushing back the frontiers of cutting edge technology, large-system simulation, technology development and integration, and complex system vulnerability and risk analysis. Presently, and for the past 20 years, he has been at the heart of developing US missile defense systems.
Tom is the "TC (physicist)" described in Bob Monroe's second book Far Journeys and has been a serious explorer of the frontiers of reality, mind, consciousness, and psychic phenomena since the early 1970s. My Big TOE is a model of existence and reality that is based directly on Campbell's scientific research and first hand experience. It represents the results and conclusions of thirty years of careful scientific exploration of the boundaries and contents of reality from both the physical and metaphysical viewpoints. The author has made every effort to approach his explorations without bias or preconceived notions. There is no belief system, dogma, creed, or unusual assumptions at the root of My Big TOE.
By demanding high quality repeatable, empirical, evidential data to separate what's real (exists independently and externally) from what's imaginary or illusory; Campbell has scientifically derived this general model of reality.2. Why are you recommending them? Please provide links to any articles or web pages about the speaker.
MBT website (currently down while relocating): http://www.my-big-toe.com/
link to the online book at google book: http://books.google.com/books?id=6To090 ... &q&f=false
amazon.com customer reviews: http://www.amazon.com/My-Big-TOE-Comple ... ewpoints=1
3. Have you heard this person speak publicly? If so, where?
I haven't in person, but I know many here have at various locations.4. If yes, please describe this person's speaking style.
This is a tough one. Based on the youtube videos: calm, clear, mild mannered?
4. Please provide links to any online audio or video featuring the proposed speaker.
I beleive that this is Tom's account at youtube (lots of goods there): http://www.youtube.com/user/twcjr44#p/p 5. How do you think this person would best fit with the TED2011 conference theme, "The Rediscovery of Wonder"?
The theories and ideas presented in Tom Campbell's work when approached with both open-mindedness and skepticism lead the reader/audience to a rediscovery of wonder by default. Why are we here? What happens after death? What is our purpose? This uncertain nature of our existence is the one thread that truly connects all of us in this experience of life. The theories presented by Tom Campbell serve as the umbrella under which all of us stand and to which all of us can relate. The ideas presented not only have the potential to cause us to look up at that umbrella, but also at what is beyond it. This theory is different from others in that it truly is a theory of everything: unifying philosophy, physics, and metaphysics. Tom presents it in such a way that there is no need to believe or accept anything. All that is encouraged is an open-minded and skeptical approach toward exploration and discovery in finding our very own Big TOE (theory of everything). That search and discovery process aimed at uncovering our true existence and the nature of reality is the ultimate rediscovery of wonder and something to which we all can relate.
This was pretty quick, I have to leave. It is a start though.