A group of Catholic evolutionary biologists, astrochemists, astrophysicists, theologians and astronomers will gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to discuss a topical scientific issue in high-level government circles.
Extraterrestrials. Advanced alien civilizations. UFOs.
“It’s quite timely, actually,” Stephen M. Barr, president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, said of the organization’s 2021 conference, which is entitled “Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human.”
“We don’t know enough to say that it’s improbable or that it is probable that there are highly evolved species out there,” Barr told Our Sunday Visitor.
Conference attendees will be in the nation’s capital from June 4-6 listening to talks on the search for alien life and the likelihood of extraterrestrials at the same time that political leaders and defense officials are discussing unidentified flying objects and their national security implications. What was once snickered at is now a serious topic of discussion.
“We are now relying on military and intelligence-collection capabilities to collect the data and then try to interpret the data. This is not a conversation about how grandma saw some lights in the backyard and then people wind up scratching their heads wondering what it was,” Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence officer, told the Washington Post in a recent interview.
The U.S. Department of Defense is expected to release a major unclassified report this month — the first of its kind — detailing experiences of unidentified flying objects by U.S. fighter pilots and other military personnel.
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