Looking Up for New Ideas

Ants Walking, Dana Reserve, Jordan

Perhaps I’ve been a bit too much like the ants, head down and just going about my assigned task.  I haven’t looked up to see what the other world is doing.

I flippantly wrote about UFOs hiding in the Sarawat Mountains the other day.  I decided to Google UFO sighting in Saudi Arabia to see what came up.  And there are a lot of them!

But more interestingly I discovered that last year on January 23-25, 2011 the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), sponsored its 5th Annual Global Competitiveness Forum.  It is held in Riyadh under the patronage of HM King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Sandwiched between panel discussions on Social Media, Cities of the Future and Innovations in Healthcare, was “Contact: Learning From Outer Space”.  Apparently Tony Blair and Bill Clinton did not attend this panel, but I find it very interesting that the Saudi Government sponsored five UFO experts.

“Open your mind that we will one day make contact with an intelligent civilization from outer space.”

I found out about this conference on a UFO blogger’s posting of the five speakers’ videos.  Jacques Vallee is a computer scientist, venture capitalist and long-time UFO researcher.  Two physicists, Dr. Michio Kaku and Stanton Friedman were on the panel.  Author and journalist, Nick Pope, who worked for the UK Ministry of Defence investigating UFOs, and  Dr. Zaghloul El Naggar, a professor of earth sciences also spoke.

In response to the devil’s advocates who say if there is intelligent life out there, why aren’t they speaking to us, Stanton Friedman said,

“I don’t talk to the squirrels in my backyard.”

Dr. Michio Kaku shared a similar view.  He said

“When I see an ant hill, do I go over and offer them beads, trinkets or nuclear energy?  Do you ask them ‘Take me to your leader?’ or do you step on them?”

Dr. Zaghoul El Naggar an Islamic Earth Scientist said the Koran has 12,000 cosmic verses that are scientifically precise descriptions of the universe.

I understand if these speakers are popular at UFO conferences but I find it very interesting that the Saudi government is sponsoring them.

And I wonder what are they seeing that I am not?

This year on January 24th for the 6th Annual Forum, they had a panel on Disruptive Technologies – Life Extension and Other Emerging Sciences.  The presenters will discuss the emerging technologies of nanotech, biotech, genetic engineering, solid freeform fabrication (“3D printing”), aerogels, commercial space travel, new power sources, etc., to create disruptive applications and new industries.

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