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Increasingly, scientists sign away their freedoms to work on government-funded research. By choosing what kind of research to fund, the government can-Qand sometimes doesQ- control the direction of scientific progress, often keeping the knowledge gained to itself. As a result, we now have good reason to doubt what we are told about the world by both government authorities and many of those in the scientific community.
The 1995 Science and Politics of UFO Research Symposium will use the UFO phenomenon as a vehicle with which to explore the closed and cloistered world of government research, the process of scientific discovery, and the strange and often uncomfortable relationship between science and politics.
Regardless of what you think or believe about UFOs, the phenomenon provides a unique living classroom in which we can explore how science works in the real world.
All sessions will take place in the Minnesota Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Early registration discount before August 31! See information below.
Saturday, October 28 8:30 a.m. Conference check-in--St. Paul Radisson Hotel Minnesota Ballroom foyer 9 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the UFO Controvers (Terry Hansen, science journalist, symposium moderator) 9:20 a.m. UFO Evidence From Motion-Picture Films and Photographs (Richard Haines, Ph.D., physiological psychologist,NASA Ames Research Center, retired) 10:20 a.m.Questions from audience and discussion 10:50 a.m.Break 11:05 a.m.Analysis of UFO Evidence From Videotape Records (Jeffrey W. Sainio, broadcast technician, MUFON videotape analyst) 12:05 p.m.Questions from the audience and discussion 12:35 p.m.Break for lunch 2 p.m Analysis of UFO Evidence From Videotapes and Films (Bruce Maccabee, Ph.D., optical physicist, Naval Surface Weapons Lab) 3 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 3:30 p.m. Break 3:45 p.m. UFO Research in the Former Soviet Union (George Knapp, investigative journalist, video producer) 4:45 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 5:15 p.m. Break for dinner 7:15 p.m. The University of Colorado "Condon" UFO Study and the U.S. Government (Michael Swords, Ph.D., Western Michigan University, former editor JUFOS, Center for UFO Studies) 8:15 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 8:45 p.m. Panel discussion: Media Coverage of the UFO Controversy; Publishing UFO Research Results; The Politics of Science and Technology in the Post Cold-War Era; Conflicts of Interest Between Science and Weapons Development Participants: Terry Hansen (moderator) Jeffrey Sainio Bruce Maccabee George Knapp Michael Swords Glenn Campbell Sunday, October 29 8:30 .Conference check-inQSt. Paul Radisson Hotel Minnesota Ballroom foyer 9 a.m. Welcome back (Terry Hansen) 9:15 a.m. Tales of the Test Site: Area 51 and the Human Circus (Glenn Campbell, anti-secrecy activist, Area 51 Research Center) 10:15 a.m.Questions from audience and discussion 10:45 a.m.Break 11 a.m. A Scientist versus the System: Dr. James E. McDonald's Fight for UFO Knowledge (Ann Druffel, long-time UFO investigator and author of many books and articles on the subject) Noon Questions from audience and discussion 12:30 p.m.Break for lunch 2 p.m. The History of UFO Abduction Research and Current Issues(David M. Jacobs, Ph.D., Department of History, Temple University) 3 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 3:30 p.m. Break 3:45 p.m. The Scientific Context of Abduction Research (Don C. Donderi, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University) 4:45 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 5:15 p.m. Break for dinner. 7:15 p.m. Panel discussion: UFO Abduction Experience Hypotheses; Limitations of the Scientific Method; Current Research Handicaps Participants:Terry Hansen (moderator) Ann Druffel David Jacobs Don Donderi Richard Haines 8:45 p.m.Closing comments and adjourn. Note: The above schedule may need to be revised as conference date approaches.
-- Preregistration is recommended. Early-bird discounts are available for those who register before August 31, 1995.
-- Please allow two to three weeks for registration processing. You will receive a written confirmation in the mail.
Fees: Before August 31 After September 1 full two days: $90 $120 one day: $50 $70 half day: $30 $50Student rate: 15% discount (high school and university students with i.d.)
Group Discount: 15% discount for groups of 10 or more (must register together as a group)
Note: If you are registering for the one-day or half-day option, there is no need to specify which day or half day you wish to attend.
Cancellations/Refunds: All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations received before September 29, 1995, will receive a refund less a $25 processing charge. Cancellations received after September 30 will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after October 13.
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