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Recently The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth hosted representatives from NASA, the European Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, during its 350th anniversary celebration. The event offered some dizzying intellects in the featured discussion, "The Detection Of Extraterrestrial Life and the Consequences for Science and Society." Lord Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, announced that aliens may be staring us in the face in a form humans are unable to recognize. Other speakers used words like "overwhelming evidence" and "unprecedented proof" to signify how close we are to making irrefutable discovery of alien life. Some, like Simon Conway Morris, professor of evolutionarypaleobiology at Cambridge University, worried that contact with these unknowns might not be a good thing. Extra-terrestrials might not only resemble us but have our foibles, such as greed, violence and a tendency to exploit others' resources," he said. "And while aliens could come in peace they are quite as likely to be searching for somewhere to live, and to help themselves to water, minerals and fuel.
Vatican astronomers likewise weighed in on this question, "Are we alone in the Universe," and their top scholars are hinting that discovery of alien life, including intelligent life, might be made in the near future. Father Jose Gabriel Funes in a long interview with the L'Osservatore Romano newspaper said there is a certain possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, and that such notion "doesn't contradict our faith." Another Vatican astronomer, Guy Consolmagno concluded that chances are better than not that mankind is facing a near-future discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence. Monsignor Corrado Balducci made similar news when he said ETs were actually already interacting with earth and that some of the Vatican's leaders are aware of it.
To separate fact from fiction and to understand the social, scientific, and spiritual ramifications of alien disclosure and/or contact with earth, some of the world's leading authorities—including some who attended the 2010 Royal Society Conference such as Nick Pope, Britian's Military of Defence lead officer over UFO research—speak out in this special 18 hour series on the numerous important issues that could soon affect all mankind.
Questions such as:
* Is official disclosure of alien contact near? When will it happen?
* Are the aliens friendly or hostile?* What is happening during alien abduction?
* Are angels or demons involved?
* Is this the fulfillment of biblical prophecy?
The answers to these questions are sometimes unnerving as ex-government agents with above top-secret security clearance, world-famous field investigators, physicists and theologians peel back for the first time the truth behind a reality so astonishing the personal destiny of every man, woman and child may shortly be impacted by it. Featuring: Chuck Missler, Thomas Horn, Gary Stearman, Michael Heiser, Nick Pope, Stanton Friedman, Jesse Marcel Jr., James Hughes, Joe Jordan, Lynn Marzulli, David Ruffino, Doug Elwell, Ken Klein, Mike Bennett, Terry James, Guy Malone, Stephen Yulish, Keith Robinson and more.
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