“Roundtable Regular” Kevin Whitesides is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara working within the cognitive science emphasis in the department.  His PhD research will focus on the development of contemporary ‘new age’ networks.  Kevin earned his B.A. in Religious Studies at Humboldt State University with minors in anthropology, philosophy, and psychology. He completed an MSc dissertation at the University of Edinburgh on ’2012′ millennialism as part of a broader emphasis on processes of countercultural transmission. Kevin has contributed articles to ‘Archaeoastronomy’ and ‘Zeitschrift fur Anomalistik’, and ‘Nova Religio’, and has contributed chapters for two anthologies on apocalypse and prophecy, and has presented widely on the ’2012′ millenarian milieu at academic conferences and universities.