Scientists from across the globe are attending the Mutual UFO Network Symposium this weekend at the JW Marriott Hotel to talk about extraterrestrials and all things unexplained in the cosmos, Friday 19, 2013.
Friday, July 19, 2013 | 4:31 p.m.
In a tiny conference room at the JW Marriott Hotel, about 15 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, the scientists spoke of extraterrestrials.
Addressing a small pack of journalists from all manner of media, the panel of 10 experts provided a whiff of their forthcoming keynote speeches, scheduled for this weekend’s Mutual UFO Network Symposium, a two-day dive into the unexplained.
“We hope to bridge the gap between science and ufology,” said Jan Harzan, state director of network’s Orange County bureau. “They’re one in the same.”
Ufology is the study of unidentified flying objects. And that’s the subject of this symposium.
It’s there that Don Donderi, a retired psychology professor from McGill University and UFO consultant, will describe the implications of making contact with extraterrestrials. What impact could that contact have on public policy? What about the future of planetary life as we know it?
Donderi built his argument from a few simple statements.
“Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial vehicles. Some of those extraterrestrial vehicles have crews. And some of those crews catch and release humans to study,” Donderi said. “Propositions one and two, I believe, are established beyond reasonable doubt.”
That last statement, though lacking a wealth of scientific evidence, is supported by numerous anecdotes about abductions and interstellar experiments.
“Finally, I’ll come to what I think we should do about it, which is first to start a public discussion,” Donderi said. “And second: treat UFOs as trespassers.”