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Past Event

Garry Nolan: Researching UFOs the Way We Research Cancer

Join us in-person for a fascinating conversation with Garry Nolan, a cancer researcher at Stanford School of Medicine, whose scientific research interests extend all the way to UFOs—or, as UFOs are now called, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).

The study of the unknown starts with an observation of nature that begs explanation. Science as a template for exploring nature, or phenomena, proceeds according to rules laid out over at least two millennia in Western civilization alone. Framed against a universe now thought to be nearly 15 billion years old, what have we yet to learn, and what might others have learned separately from humanity?

Nolan will talk about one path through science that started with traditional investigations of how questions lead to human benefit in his cancer and immunology work over the last few decades, and will use that as a template to focus on the reasons why we should be interested in UFOs/UAP and the potential benefits even asking those questions might provide to human progress, with an emphasis on exploitation of the potential science of alleged UFO/UAP materials and physics.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

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Nolan photo courtesy the speaker; cancer cell picture by National Cancer Institute/Unsplash; stars picture is by Casey Horner/Unsplash.

June 24, 2024

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Garry P. Nolan

Rachford and Carlota A. Harris Professor, Department of Pathology, Center for Clinical Science Research, Stanford School of Medicine

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In Conversation with George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates