Category Archives: Conference Reports

Contact in the Desert UFO Conference 2014 (Part 3/3)

Modern History/Current Events

Continued from Contact in the Desert Conference 2014, Part 2



Dr. Michael Salla founded the Exopolitics Institute in 2005.  “Exopolitics,” as defined on his website, is “the study of the key individuals, political institutions, and processes associated with extraterrestrial life.” Originally a scholar of international politics who specialized in ethnic conflicts in Kosovo, East Timor, and Sri Lanka, Dr. Salla devoted his research to exopolitics after being convinced of the reality of extraterrestrial life in 2001.

Dr. Salla spoke about the material in his most recent book, Kennedy’s Last Stand: Eisenhower, UFOs, MJ-12 & JFK’s Assassination (extensive book review here). In the lecture, he made a cogent case for a link between John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the UFO/extraterrestrial contact phenomenon.
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Contact in the Desert UFO Conference 2014 (Part 2/3 )

Ancient History



Erich von Daniken gave the opening talk for the conference. As the author of the book Chariots of the Gods published way back in 1968, he first popularized the ancient astronauts theory. According to Wikipedia, the ancient astronauts theory posits that intelligent extraterrestrial beings visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistory, which influenced the development of human cultures, technologies, and religions. Of Swiss origin, von Daniken is quite a captivating story-teller and a dedicated archeologist.
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Contact in the Desert UFO Conference 2014 (Part 1/3 )

I went to my first UFO conference: Contact in the Desert 2014, on August 8-11, in Joshua Tree, CA. It’s estimated that approximately 2000 people attended this conference, double the attendance from the previous year. I’d like to share my thoughts about the experience, and a little of what I learned.
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Observations from the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 2010, San Francisco

At the end of April, I attended the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 2010 in San Francisco.  I went there in a rather open-ended way, simply to learn what was going on among those organizations driven by social mission.  I am a late-bloomer in social awareness; I’ve spent most of my life not really tuned into the global and societal issues of our world.  Now I find myself in the beginning stages of a project aimed at connecting science directly with global/societal issues.  I hoped that attending this conference could start to fill the big gap in my knowledge about the second half of that equation– the social mission.  What is it all about? Continue reading

Ascension 2012 at New Living Expo, San Francisco- Part III

This blog post is the final part of the three-part report on “Ascension 2012 at the New Living Expo, San Francisco.”  (Please see also  Part I and Part II.) Continue reading

Ascension 2012 at New Living Expo, San Francisco- Part II

At the recent New Living Expo in San Francisco, I tried to hit as many talks as possible which had “ascension 2012” as a theme. The following are my thoughts regarding couple of these talks I attended. (This is Part II of the series on my New Living Expo experience; please see also Part I). Continue reading

Ascension 2012 at New Living Expo, San Francisco- Part I

I recently attended the 9th annual New Living Expo held in San Francisco on April 30-May 2, mostly to check out what people were saying and thinking about the whole ascension process. Continue reading