Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nick Pope on the Subject of UFOs and Extraterrestrial Life

Nick Pope knows full well of the British government’s involvement with the UFO phenomenon, which dates back to 1950, when the Ministry of Defence established a small committee to examine the phenomenon, known as the Flying Saucer Working Party.  He has explained government policy on this issue and details the way in which investigations were carried out.  Nick Pope has discussed a number of cases in detail, focusing on incidents that remain unexplained and on cases where the witnesses were military personnel.  This  includes discussion of the Rendlesham Forest incident, the UK’s most interesting and compelling UFO case.  This took place in 1980 and the 30th anniversary has attracted considerable media and public interest.  He  has also discuss a number of incidents where there have been near-misses between UFOs and commercial aircraft.  He believes this is a serious issue that is not receiving the public attention it deserves, largely because of the perceived stigma of reporting UFO incidents, which leads to many pilots failing to report incidents that should be of concern to airlines.

Nick Pope has spoken about two Royal Society discussion meetings that were held in 2010, where the scientific and societal consequences of discovering extraterrestrial life were considered. Nick Pope attended both these meetings and had extensive discussions with many of the key speakers.  He subsequently reported on these meetings on television and in newspapers, in his capacity as a freelance journalist.  Nick Pope believes that it is important not to be afraid to ask speculative questions about humankind’s place in the wider cosmos.  The question of whether or not we are alone in the Universe is one of the biggest questions we can ask.  There are only two possible answers and arguably, either answer is both profound and disturbing.  If we did ever discover extraterrestrial life, whether it be microbial life on Mars, or the detection of a radio signal from another civilisation, we would have to reassess our own lives.  While we would try to learn as much as possible about the extraterrestrial life, ironically, such a discovery might ultimately teach us something new about ourselves.
 
Nick will be holding a talk on on these issues on Esoguru on Thursday March 8, 2011. For a link to the site and to buy tickets check below. We are in no way asking you to purchase anything, we are not affiliated with Esoguru, we are only putting forward this because we believe Nick Pope to be honest and truthful in what he says.

We have done considerable reporting on what the Royal Society has been up to lately and it actually boggles the mind. For a link to our latest post on the Royal society.

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