Wednesday, April 13 2011 at 7:30PM
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What's the talk about?
In 2010 the Royal Society held two discussion meetings on extraterrestrial life. The first meeting considered some of the societal consequences of discovering alien life, addressing issues such as whether people would panic and what the implications might be for religious belief. The second meeting debated whether - if an alien signal was detected - we should reply and if we do, what we should say and who should send the message. Nick Pope attended both meetings and has commentated about them in the mainstream media. In this talk he'll give the inside story on these fascinating and controversial discussions.
Author and journalist Nick Pope worked for the Ministry of Defence for 21 years. Between 1991 and 1994 he was posted to a division where he claims his duties included investigating UFOs. Initially sceptical he asserts that his official research and investigation convinced him that the UFO phenomenon raised important defence, national security and flight safety issues. He was particularly interested in cases where the witnesses were pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar. Nick is now recognised as a leading authority on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories.