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Believers gather for 24th UFO Congress

February 20, 2015 | Comment icon 61 comments



Are we being visited by beings from another world ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jason Rogers
Thousands of people gathered in Phoenix this week for the largest UFO conference in the United States.
First held in 1991, the International UFO Congress is an annual get-together for UFO enthusiasts, researchers, alien abductees and anyone else with an interest in the phenomenon.

Among the attractions at the event are presentations by guest speakers, discussion panels, a film festival and even a series of therapy sessions for those who believe that they have been abducted by extraterrestrials.

"Most often people just want to know what happened to them," said hypnotherapist Yvonne Smith who attended the event. "They ask if they are crazy or if it was all a dream."

Also at the conference was nuclear physicist and author Stanton Friedman who was promoting his latest book about the government's efforts to cover up evidence about UFOs.
"Secrets are kept by security clearance and need-to-know basis," he said.

Private investigator Darrel Sims, who claims to have had his own encounter with aliens, was also at the event showcasing unidentified items that had been removed from alleged abductees.

"I remember seeing a pure white body in my room," he recalled. "It was skinny and spindly."

Sims, who was also a speaker at the event, is now seeking conclusive DNA evidence to prove once and for all that our planet is being visited by beings from another world.

Source: AZ Central | Comments (61)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #52 Posted by Derek Willis 7 years ago
The horse they are beating has long since expired. Ufology really needs to distance itself from the ETH and take a more objective approach. It's the only way they will ever be taken seriously yet they simply can't or won't. I'm leaning toward won't as atmospheric phenomena won't draw nearly the crowd nor have much juicy material for book deals. There is too much incentive to sensationalize stories and too many people who eat it up for UFOlogy to ever turn legit. It seems to me that in the almost 70 years since the Kenneth Arnold sightings, UFOlogy - in terms of ETs being here in spacecraft - h... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by DONTEATUS 7 years ago
Well first we need to stop all the religions on this Planet, Then start having Faith in Science and exploration of the universe. Maybe then we can Move on to better things !
Comment icon #54 Posted by badeskov 7 years ago
snip In the meantime, UFO threads are amongst the most voluminous here at U-M. Mostly because of the voluminous amount of garbage being posted in this section of UM and that regular posters are rather adverse to that and will counter it. And it is garbage whether you like it or not. UFOlogy is *far* from dead. Oh, it's dead alright, UFOlogy just hasn't realized it yet. And that is very sad. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #55 Posted by psyche101 7 years ago
What you personally define you should keep to yourself. If you say "UFOlogy" to me, I'll refer to the dictionary for the meaning as the tie breaker. you lose. What I said was: Real people looking for alien contact are not called UFOlogists Earl, that's the playtime name for hobbyists who make crap up. Astronomers, astrobiologist's, meteorologists and physicists are the real UFOlogists. Dictionary Definition: Ufology is the study of reports, visual records, physical evidence, and other phenomena related to unidentified flying objects (UFO). UFOs have been subject to various investigations over ... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by psyche101 7 years ago
Well first we need to stop all the religions on this Planet, Then start having Faith in Science and exploration of the universe. Maybe then we can Move on to better things ! UFO religions too, a clean slate is what we need.
Comment icon #57 Posted by spacelizard667 7 years ago
I think there is some real problem when UFO speakers and scientists gather together to spin off their own theories about UFOs. Each speaker there eagerly tends to hone the listening crowd toward their own narrow way of thinking and, might ambiguously reject anybody else's contrasting UFO ideologies or theories, simply because that idea was not their own.
Comment icon #58 Posted by badeskov 7 years ago
I think there is some real problem when UFO speakers and scientists gather together to spin off their own theories about UFOs. Each speaker there eagerly tends to hone the listening crowd toward their own narrow way of thinking and, might ambiguously reject anybody else's contrasting UFO ideologies or theories, simply because that idea was not their own. Indeed. However, the means used to do so are vastly different. While the typical UFO speaker uses obfuscation, misrepresentations, the deliberate use of outdated information and so on, the scientists will use facts. Interesting how that works,... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by spacelizard667 7 years ago
Indeed. However, the means used to do so are vastly different. While the typical UFO speaker uses obfuscation, misrepresentations, the deliberate use of outdated information and so on, the scientists will use facts. Interesting how that works, eh? Cheers, Badeskov If you are so certain that a scientific monologue depends only on facts, and if any of these in particular are memorable, feel free to share them. If there were any of some real interest this escapes me. Scientific banter is monotonous dialog which often leaves me thinking this jerk really doesn't know what he's talking about. It is ... [More]
Comment icon #60 Posted by psyche101 7 years ago
If you are so certain that a scientific monologue depends only on facts, and if any of these in particular are memorable, feel free to share them. If there were any of some real interest this escapes me. Scientific banter is monotonous dialog which often leaves me thinking this jerk really doesn't know what he's talking about. It is only a matter of time until his audience will discover that no matter how long they have listened to this scientific con artist they still don't really know what the devil he's talking about. It only leads on and on to nowhere. Have you tried reading books? Might h... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Derek Willis 7 years ago
Well first we need to stop all the religions on this Planet, Then start having Faith in Science and exploration of the universe. Maybe then we can Move on to better things ! The vast majority of humans seem to like faiths, by which I mean religions. But then again, pretty much everything is based on faith. For example, I believe there are rovers trundling around on Mars because I have faith that NASA is being truthful. But I have no direct evidence of that.


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