Global Competitiveness Forum 2011 to discuss extraterrestrials
The Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) is an annual conference held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where international business and political leaders meet to discuss the global economy and other financial topics. Past meetings have included speakers such as Tony Blair, Bill Gates, Michael Dell and a host of other well-known leaders.
The UFO connection?
This year’s conference includes a panel session called Contact: Learning from Outer Space, featuring ufologists Stanton T. Friedman, Jacques Vallee and Nick Pope, among others. The panel will discuss:
Psychological and socio-cultural assumptions and preconceptions constrain us to a large extent, and shape our views of the universe so that we are inclined to find what we are looking for, and fail to see what we are not. Using knowledge gained from research in the fields of Ufology and the search for extraterrestrial life, what might we possibly learn about hindrances to innovation in other areas of inquiry?
Is it just me, or is ufology slowly moving from the fringes to the mainstream?
The fifth annual GCF is held January 23-25, 2011, and with a bit of luck, we’ll be able to watch the aforementioned panel discussion over at the GCF YouTube channel after the conference.
UPDATE — January 25, 2011
No word on whether the panel discussion will be made available online yet, but here’s a quick resume of what was covered:
The unconventional and highly relevant topic of extraterrestrial life forms was addressed by yesterday’s panel discussion “Contact: Learning from Outer Space”. Experts Zoaghloul El-Naggar, Stanton Friedman, Michio Kaku, Nick Pope and Jacques Vallee made compelling cases for the existence of living beings elsewhere in the galaxy, drawing upon empirical evidence, religious theology and logical reasoning.
Mr. Friedman opened his remarks with a bold statement, “Flying saucers are real!” and this summed up the perspective of the panel members. Mr. Pope explored the potential business implications of outer space, such as the profitability of alien branding or sponsorship.
While El-Naggar was also convinced of their existence, he raised the interesting point that it may not be ethical to spend resources trying to contact alien societies when we still face war and poverty in our own society.
Mr. Vallee encouraged more academics to analyze the evidence. However, on behalf of his successful Venture Capital fund, he said, “We are not ready to invest in this type of research, but we think that somebody should.”
“The potential business implications of outer space, such as the profitability of alien branding or sponsorship?” There’s a great business opportunity waiting for you!