Nick Cook’s search for answers to outside-the-box questions propelled him through topics other aerospace industry journalists shun—from antigravity to zero-point energy. His comfort with such concepts didn’t develop overnight, however; it took a decade of questioning before he was ready to write the page-turner book Hunt for Zero Point.
That book chronicles his ten-year investigation into efforts to crack the Holy Grail of propulsion: antigravity technology. A sequel which he is about ready to write will focus much more on breakthrough energy technology.
Recently in Vancouver, Canada, before his meeting with Carmen Miller (www.mullerpower.com), daughter of the deceased pioneering inventor Bill Muller, I interviewed Nick Cook. He talked about the emerging push toward sustainable technologies, a higher level of awareness and other signs of much hope for humankind—if we make it past the turbulence of power struggles in this transition time between an old and a new paradigm.
Cook’s decades of research give him insights into the bigger picture for humankind. He has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Exeter University, is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, and writes extensively for other international media.
He is routinely invited to speak around the world on topics ranging from the future of aerospace and defense technology to global energy and science. The audiences include major aerospace corporations, government think-tanks, schools and universities. And he’s a four-time winner of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist-of-the-Year award in the defense, business, propulsion and technology categories. The television credits of this prolific author (Cook has even written novels) include a two-hour documentary for The Discovery/Learning Channel, “Billion Dollar Secret,” which detailed for the first time the secret inner workings of the classified weapons establishment.
More than twenty years ago, doors in that sector began to open for Cook when he joined the staff of the world’s leading military affairs journal, Jane’s Defense Weekly (JDW). From 1987 to 2001 he was their Aerospace Editor, and is now the magazine’s Aerospace Consultant. In 2005, Nick created JDW’s Technology Audit Series—profiles benchmarking achievements of the world’s aerospace and defense giants.
In addition to his status as an insider in the military-industrial scene, it seems to me he has the quick intelligence, professionalism and calm good humor which would make it easier for nervous officials to relax and tell him what they know.
Recently his love of the Right-Stuff-type stories from aerospace history focused into a collaborative business venture (www.highfrontiers.com); he and a few colleagues write about the aerospace industry with special appreciation for the excitement of the 1940s and 1950s when sound barriers were first broken and the industry was rapidly progressing. At the same time, High Frontiers will bring forward some of the emerging knowledge such as new energy science—making these two worlds cross over.
In the years since Century Random House brought out his ground-breaking Hunt for Zero Point (2001), his colleagues’ reactions to that book have pleasantly surprised him. It’s a signpost of how far many individuals in his circle have progressed; the heretical ideas in the book didn’t cause him to be cast out as he surely would have been a decade earlier. To the contrary, individuals inside the aerospace industry—people whom he doesn’t even know—contact him and say they had read the book out of curiosity but then found it meshed with knowledge they already had or intuitively knew. Even in sectors which he knew were working on secret projects, individuals told him they’re intrigued by the book.
His near-future book projects include a data-oriented report for which he is researching zero-point energy developments. “What the data nerd in me wants is to go back and strip out the (hunt for…) narrative and just do the data. I thought the best way to do that was to just write a report, so this year I’ve been just going around talking to people about the technologies and looking at some of the more promising ones.”
Since his investigations now include the down-to-earth energy-related technologies, I asked for Cook’s view of the way permanent magnets interact with the field called vacuum energy, zero point energy and other names. Whatever the field is, he replied, magnetism and electromagnetism do seem to be mysterious portals into accessing the energy from this field. But exactly how that is done isn’t understood yet.
Many inventors trying to access the little-known field seem to be working intuitively and experimentally, Cook commented, but not by using any particular theory that enables them to build the devices. Sharing of how-to information on the Internet is only part of the reason people are building these devices; people seem inspired to do it. On a collective consciousness level it’s interesting to speculate from what other source people driven to build these devices are getting the information, he added.
“It’s a bit like that moment in Close Encounters where Richard Dreyfuss starts sculpting the Devil’s Tower out of mashed potatoes.”
Nick Cook’s Odyssey
The audio file of my interview with Cook will be on the NewEnergyMovement.org Website, so for whatever audience hasn’t yet had the pleasure of encountering Hunt for Zero Point, I asked him to recap his story:
His “hunt” began in the era when aerospace journalists did a lot of speculating about the secret program that in 1988 turned out to be the Stealth fighter program. Then U.S. President Ronald Reagan hiked classified spending higher than ever, to a reputed $40 billion a year at that time—a lot of spending power. Seeing what had been made possible with Stealth opened Cook’s mind to what might be possible in other areas of black technology (technology so secret that its very existence couldn’t be revealed, let alone what it actually might entail).
He wondered if anything was “out there” that could replace the jet engine, then realized it would have to be something that could enable us to alter gravity. When he kicked that certain mental door ajar, he tumbled headlong into some very heretical thinking—antigravity technology as a real possibility.
In the very conventional aerospace world he regularly wrote about, the mere mention of antigravity was taboo. However, he followed a long money trail and put that together with a shorter trail of popular-science antigravity news articles that ended in the 1950s.
Meanwhile he kept in mind that the Pentagon and the U.S. Air Force—the territory he was familiar with—were known for being visionary. Once they get an idea about something, and if they felt there was a practical element to it, they don’t let it go.
By 1999 he had a story to piece together, which eventually became Hunt for Zero Point. The book was about propulsion breakthroughs, history and how Cook’s thinking changed over his years of investigation.
How did that earlier odyssey lead to his investigating breakthroughs in generating energy for earth-bound uses? Cook replies that he realized that the same fundamentals of physics—fundamentals that enabled the “heresy” of the antigravity possibility to be real—have further uses. What was good for propulsion is also good for energy. And there’s a lot of unrevealed science and technology in the energy field as well.
“If you can manipulate physics in a new way—ways that perhaps haven’t been revealed to us or have been hidden or suppressed for a century or more—to produce a new kind of propulsion effect, you can do the same with energy.”
His attention began to focus more on energy breakthroughs at the same time as many citizens began thinking about the source of their electricity, heating and transportation power. He speculates it wouldn’t take much to lift people’s thinking further—into the slightly higher plane where one starts seeing the world in a different way.
However, changing a worldview takes time. For instance, around 1990 before he himself realized there was much more to the world than met the eye, Nick Cook was immersed in the same scientific paradigm as his colleagues were taught in their schooling. They didn’t question that worldview.
“There’s a great tendency to accept your source material as being the truth if it’s come from ‘official sources.’ Why shouldn’t it be? This is what we’ve all come to accept.”
Removing the Blinders
Academic degrees such as Ph.D.’s also carry much weight with science journalists. However, when Cook began looking at data independently and forming his own opinions, he realized that those prized initials after people’s names sometimes came with a load of blinkered thinking. Often it’s logical thinking, but narrowed down into a preconceived channel.
At this point in the interview, Cook’s hands mimed the boundaries of an imaginary cylinder extending forward from his head to describe the stove-piped thinking of an expert who won’t look outside the boundaries of consensus thinking—the limits of dogma instilled during a long, expensive hard-earned education. Anticipating the challenge of respectfully breaking down those boundaries brings a smile to Cook’s face.
Remembering that his own intellectual journey from conventional viewpoints to heretical concepts progressed one step at a time, he has an understanding attitude toward the blinkered experts. He had to reach each new level of knowledge via much research, questioning, and reviewing the evidence he’d gathered to that point. Only then did he see that certain unfamiliar ‘outside the box’ concepts were not insane after all.
“We all need to leave ‘the box’ to save the planet.”
Leaving the box is a journey we each have to make at our own pace. If someone confronts you with a load of information too quickly and you’re not ready to receive, it goes straight out of your head. Since people change their worldviews incrementally, it’s difficult for scientists and science journalists steeped in the old paradigm to accept the validity of what may be quantum-leap advances.
Another factor which works against acceptance of unusual concepts has to do with personal styles of those who are promoting the new concepts. As the son of an inventor, Cook is compassionate toward lone inventors who think it is up to them to save the world. When they feel a weight of knowledge is on their shoulders alone, they feel driven to impart it before it’s lost forever. However, becoming that driven, based on ideas that no one else seems to acknowledge, can result in paranoia. Investigators such as Cook who are trained in journalistic rigor have been put off by the seeming paranoia.
“It certainly alienated me for a long time—when you’re confronted by that wall of conviction by someone who doesn’t have a lot of data to show for what he or she is doing….”
Cook didn’t close his mind, however. Now when he considers a lone discoverer such as the late Viktor Schauberger who created his own vocabulary to describe the way he understands things, Cook sees the vocabulary as showing the level on which they have been operating—“on a different plane from most of us, for a very long time.”
The energy-conversion inventions of the Austrian genius Schauberger apparently accessed another energetic realm, and that can be done in various ways. The Canadian discoverer John Hutchison was accessing it in a different way. Other inventors have accessed what they call zero-point energy, orgone or other names; Cook speculates that these energetic phenomena come from one fundamental origin.
Science may be getting closer to defining that fundamental level. Progress has taken a long time because it’s truly mind-bending knowledge. Cook thinks this knowledge impinges on our deeply held notions much the way that consciousness research—the power of our minds to interact with our reality—revealed in the 2005 movie titled What the Bleep… affected its audiences.
“You can’t separate the new energy movement from our perceptions of what reality is.”
Consciousness research is gathering evidence about the power of thought, and how at a “quantum level” we’re able to exchange information with the so-called real world. There is evidence that by focusing our attention on something we can pull that something into existence. Does a considerable portion of humankind have to be at a level of awareness at which we are able to focus our intention on a zero-emissions new energy era before we can pull it into existence?
Cook acknowledges that such speculation sounds weird and esoteric, but he thinks that a more-conscious level of interaction with the world we live in is required, to enable the new energy technology to come into existence.
In the meantime, he advises, we should keep in mind that the energy technology coming out of the non-conventional field is not the only solution. Instead, it has to arrive hand-in-hand with other changes. For instance, during a transition time society must embrace the current renewable energy technologies such as solar power.
“The important thing, for me, is to realize that the technology coming out of vacuum energy, zero point energy, spacetime energy—call it what you will—is going to take a while. In the meantime we’ve got to start changing the way we live.”
Cook believes that Schauberger bequeathed to the new energy movement something significant—an understanding of underlying principles and letting nature show us how to live and work with nature in order to create a sustainable world. That was radical thinking for the 1920s and 1930s, fell into disuse and only recently has been shown to have enormous relevance.