James Joachim Hurtak

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J.J. Hurtak (born James Joachim Hurtak, 1940, although sometimes referred to as James Jacob) is an American social scientist, linguist, futurist, and author. Hurtak's work encompasses a diverse array of disciplines, including religion and philosophy, space law, environmental sciences, remote sensing, and unconventional theories in the fields of planetary sciences and archaeology. Through the "Academy for Future Science," Hurtak works internationally to encourage people to embrace new and emerging technologies.

Biography and education

Hurtak initially attended the University of Minnesota, where he received B.A. (1962) and M.A. (1967) degrees in history before completing a second Ph.D. (also in history) at the institution in 1993.[1] After serving as assistant professor of anthropology at California State University, Northridge (1968-1970), a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (summer 1969) and a founding member of the California Institute of the Arts's School of Critical Studies (assistant professor; 1970-1973), he earned his first Ph.D in anthropological linguistics at the University of California, Irvine in 1977.[2] In 1992, he also received a M.Th. in early Greek-Coptic texts at Luther Seminary, with a thesis on Coptic language structure.[3] He has also studied at the American University of Cairo (1962-1963) and the University of Chicago Oriental Institute (1967-1969).[4] He is director and writer of the award-winning films Merkabah: Voyage of a Star Seed (1998),[5] an animated film about merkabah mysticism, and Light Body (2005).[6] He has appeared in several film documentaries, including Voices of the Amazon and Beyond (2012),[7] The Hidden Hand (2013),[8] and Solar Revolution (2012).[9] Hurtak also collaborated with influential jazz musician Alice Coltrane on her album, Sacred Language of Ascension (2007)[10][11] and collaborated with Steven Halpern for the album Sacred Name Sacred Codes (2012).

Hurtak has written and translated more than fifteen books, including commentaries on ancient mystical and gnostic texts such as the Pistis Sophia.[12] In 2006 he co-authored The End of Suffering: Fearless Living in Troubled Times,[13] with physicist Russell Targ. He was a consultant for Sidney Sheldon's bestseller, The Doomsday Conspiracy.[14] In 1970, Hurtak participated in a conference on structuralism at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions with Stanley Rosen and Edward W. Said.[15] Hurtak says he seeks to bring cooperation between science and consciousness. Some of Hurtak's work can be seen as metaphysical and mystical in nature, overlaid by his extensive work in comparative religion and research on the topic of extraterrestrial life. In 1995, he was a speaker at the historic first disclosure conference in Washington D.C., "When Cosmic Cultures Meet," sponsored by the Human Potential Foundation[16] and he has contributed to the Journal of Space Law published by the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law[17] and the Annals of Air and Space Law, McGill University.[18]

The Academy for Future Science

In 1974, Hurtak and his wife founded the Academy for Future Science (AFFS), a non-profit organization and United Nations non-governmental organization supporting technology, research and education, environmental studies and philosophy.

Hurtak spoke at the United Nations Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development (Brazil, 2012).[19] He and AFFS associates presented two new technologies at the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002),[20] and he also spoke at the United Nations 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference on Climate Change (New York, 2007)[21] where he and AFFS associates introduced new methods of water purification for developing countries.

Selected Works

Scientific Papers


  • Hurtak, J.J. (1970). Gnosticism: Mystery of Mysteries. Los Gatos, CA: Academy for Future Science. ISBN 096034506X. 
  • Hurtak, J.J. (1973). The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch. Los Gatos, CA: Academy for Future Science. ISBN 0960345043. 
  • Hurtak, J.J.; Brian Crowley (1986). The Face on Mars. Australia: MacMillan. ISBN 0725105135. 
  • Hurtak, J.J.; Desiree Hurtak (1999). Pistis Sophia: A Coptic Text of Gnosis with Commentary. Los Gatos, CA: Academy for Future Science. ISBN 1892139030. 
  • Hurtak, J.J.; Russell Targ (2006). The End of Suffering: Fearless Living in Troubled Times. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. ISBN 1571744681. 
  • Hurtak, J.J.; Desiree Hurtak (2011). Overself Awakening. Los Gatos, CA: Academy for Future Science. ISBN 978-1-892139-42-9. 
  • Hurtak, J.J.; Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher; Dr. Desiree Hurtak (2016). Mind Dynamics in Space and Time. Los Gatos, CA: Academy for Future Science. ISBN 978-1-892139-44-3. 


  • Voice of Africa: Study of a Zulu Shaman (with Susan Cochran) (1987)
  • Merkabah: Voyage of a Star Seed (1998)
  • Initiation (2003)
  • The Light Body: Divine Image in Humanity (2005)
  • Wisdom of the Wayshowers (2011)
  • Voice of Africa: Credo Mutwa (2013)
  • Gates of Light (2015)


  • The Living Capstone (with Paul Thomas Burns) (1997)
  • The Opening of the Great Pyramid (with Paul Thomas Burns) (2007)
  • Rea Ho Boka (with the Mighty Voice Cultural Choir, South Africa) (2009)
  • Three pieces (with Jocelyn B. Smith) performed at Das Zeitzeugenkonzert (German Symphonic Orchestra, Berlin) (2010)[22]
  • Sacred Name Sacred Codes (with Steven Halpern) (2012)
  • I Love with Greatness (with Jocelyn B. Smith) (2014)


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  10. Coltrane, Alice, Sacred Language of Ascension, http://www.alicecoltrane.org/sacredlanguage.html, retrieved 4 January 2014 
  11. Ratliff, Ben (24 October 2006). "Communing with the Astral, Spiritual and Tuneful". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/24/arts/music/24alic.html?_r=0. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  12. Hurtak, J.J.; Hurtak, Desiree (1999). Pistis Sophia : the faith of wisdom : a post-Gospel dialogue on consciousness light and the spirit of wisdom. Los Gatos, CA: Academy for Future Science. ISBN 1892139030. 
  13. Targ, Russell; Hurtak, J.J. (2006). The end of suffering : fearless living in troubled times. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. ISBN 1571744681. 
  14. Sheldon, Sidney (1991). The Doomsday Conspiracy. New York: William Morrow. pp. Front matter. ISBN 0688084893. "I wish to express my appreciation to James J. Hurtak, Ph.D, and his wife, Desireé, for making available to me their invaluable technical expertise."
  15. Online Archive of California (3–21 August 1970). "Guide to the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection". pp. Box 785:1. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf3s2006vg/dsc/?dsc.position=10001. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
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  17. Hurtak, J.J.; Egan, J. (2009). "The Openness Principle in Multilateral Agreements in Space Exploration". Journal of Space Law (University of Mississippi School of Law National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law) 35 (1): 37–74. 
  18. Hurtak, J.J.; Egan, Jude. "Consequences for Space Law-Making of Water Discovery on Mars". Annals of Space Law (Montreal: McGill University) XXIX: 393–422. http://www.mcgill.ca/iasl/annals/contents/2004. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  19. "Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future". RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. 18 June 2012. http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.php?page=view&nr=260&type=1000&menu=126. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
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  21. "Crisis on water: New strategies related to climate change". United Nations, New York: 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference. 5 September 2007. http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/annualconfs/60/5_Crisis_on_Water.htm. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  22. "der Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen e.V. für die Jahre 2010 und 2011". pp. 66. http://www.dgvn.de/fileadmin/user_upload/DOKUMENTE/DGVN/Taetigkeitsberichte/T%C3%A4tigkeitsbericht2010-11.pdf. Retrieved 4 January 2014.