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It is a common misperception that scientists are not interested in UFOs or claims of alien contact.
Scientists have actually been leading proponents of research into these areas, and three will present their findings at the International UFO Congress that opens today, Feb. 15, at We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center.
The three scientists include a former nuclear physicist, a neurologist, and a professor from Østfold University College in Norway where they have been investigating strange lights that have been occurring regularly for decades.
Each of these men has been left with the conclusion that there is much more of a mystery to these phenomena than the greater scientific community is aware of.
Stanton Friedman began his career as a nuclear physicist, and later became one of the most recognized proponents to the UFO phenomenon.
He will discuss how astronomers view ufology at 9 a.m. today, Feb. 15.
Friedman is credited with the massive popularity of the alleged Roswell UFO crash. He was the first to seriously investigate the incident in the late 70s after interviewing the first Army intelligence officer to look at the crash debris.
The then-retired, intelligence officer told Freidman it was no balloon they found in the desert in 1947, as the official Air Force story claimed.
That led Friedman to interviewing dozens of additional witnesses who told a similar story. It eventually culminated into several books published in the 1980s and the rise of the Roswell fame.
Neuroscientist Bob Davis will tackle the topic of alien abduction. Davis is a former professor at the State University of New York, where he taught for over 30 years.
His research has included more than 2,300 individuals who claimed to have “consciously recalled contact experiences with a Non-Human Intelligent Being (NHIB).”
He will share the studies’ results and his thoughts at 1 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 16.
Erring Strand of Østfold University College in Norway has been in charge of a project that investigates UFOs as part of the university’s studies.
Strand is the project manager of Project Hessdalen, an investigation into strange lights that have been seen in Norway’s Hessdalen Valley for decades. The phenomenon has been caught on camera by researchers from many different countries. However, the phenomenon remains unsolved.
He will present his findings and show photos and video of the lights at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18.
The International UFO Congress is presented by OpenMinds.tv, an Arizona based organization dedicated to the dissemination of information related to UFOs and the search for extraterrestrial life. The event holds the Guinness World Record for the largest UFO conference in the world.