From Educating Humanity, July 23, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/le7xgvh | Thanks to Golden Age of Gaia.
In an astonishing development NASA and the Library of Congress (US Government) will be holding a symposium in Washington DC Sept 18-20, 2014 to discuss the broad implications of discovering life in the Universe.
The main purpose of the event is described as:
“Preparing For Discovery – A Rational Approach of Finding Microbial, Complex, or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth”
This appears to be the first major event sponsored by the United States government to bring mankind one large step closer to the knowledge that we are not alone in the universe. Oddly enough it is open to the public.
Date-Time: September 18 – 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public
Location: The John W. Kluge Center, Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building.
Another stated main goal of this event:
The main goal of the Symposium is then described as exploring “how we prepare to face new knowledge that may challenge our very conceptions of life and our place in the universe.”
From Anthropologist to Astrophysicist to the Vatican to SETI, the list of attendees (see below) reads like a Who’s Who for UFO and Extraterrestrial Disclosure.
Steven J. Dick will be the host of this special event.
He is the 2013-2014 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress. He has a long history of working for NASA and the U. S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. He is also a noted author whose books have been translated to multiple languages.
Right Photo: Steven J. Dick
Dick’s books include: Plurality of Worlds: The Origins of the ET Life; Life on Other Worlds: The 20th Century ET Debate; Many World: The New Universe, ET Life and the Theological Implications; The Living Universe, NASA and the Development of Astrobiology; Sky and Ocean Joined: US Navel Observatory 1830-2000.
Full List of Participants
Linda Billings – Consultant to NASA’s Astrobiology and Near-Earth Object Programs, Planetary Science Division, NASA HQ
Eric J. Chaisson – Astrophysicist, Harvard University
Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ – Astronomer and meteoriticist at the Vatican Observatory
Iris Fry – Professor, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University (retired)
Mark Lupisella – Leader, NASA Goddard Advanced Exploration Systems support for Human Exploration
Jane Maienschein – Regents’ Professor, President’s Professor, and Parents Association Professor at Arizona State University
Lori Marino – Neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence
Carlos Mariscal – Post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Comparative Genomics & Evolutionary Bioinformatics in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Margaret Race – Senior Scientist at SETI Institute in Mountain View, California
Dirk Schulze-Makuch – Professor in the School of the Environment at Washington State University
Seth Shostak – Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California
John W. Traphagan – Anthropologist and Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at University of Texas at Austin
Douglas Vakoch – Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute
Clément Vidal – Philosopher, co-director of the ‘Evo Devo Universe’
For more information head to the Library of Congress website: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/nasa-program-2014.html