Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Manitoba Seminar on Ufology, 1981
The Manitoba Seminar on Ufology in 1981
Following the success of the Manitoba Conference on Ufology in 1980, during which UFO witness Val Johnson and other investigating policemen attended to talk about the Marshall County CE2 case of August 27, 1979, it was decided to hold a second national Canadian UFO conference.
So, on May 16, 1981, the Manitoba Seminar on Ufology was held in Winnipeg, with eight invited guests from across Canada, representing active UFO investigation and research, and local academics from various fields.
The title of the meeting was: Science and UFOs.
In advance of the meeting, a list of ten questions was proposed as a way to facilitate dialogue. The questions were:
- Should scientists study UFO reports?
- What proof is needed for the existence of UFOs?
- Will this proof ever come?
- Are UFOs physical or psychological?
- What discipline is best suited to study UFOs?
- Is it likely that extraterrestrial life exists?
- Could extraterrestrial spacecraft be detected by conventional detection systems?
- What natural phenomena could explain UFOs?
- Should the public be better educated about UFOs?
- Is there value in UFO research?
Invited participants were:
Dave Haisell, UFO investigator and researcher
Guy Westcott, UFOROM
Vladimir Simosko, UFOROM advisor
Dr. Martin Clutton-Brock, astrophysicist
Dr. Richard Gordon, biologist
John Brent Musgrave, UFO investigator and researcher
Dr. Richard Bochonko, astronomer
The host and moderator was Chris Rutkowski of Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM) (now Ufology Research).
The audio recording is, unfortunately, difficult to make out sometimes, but it documents what was cutting edge interdisciplinary UFO research and a willingness to approach the subject by the academic community in 1981, almost 40 years ago.
Click here for the audio recording. (1.5 hours).