A prominent university professor—who has conducted consulting work for the intelligence community and defense contractors—says he believes that aliens have not only visited Earth, but that they’ve also probably been here for thousands of years.
Garry Nolan, Ph.D., a respected professor in the Department of Pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine, made the striking claim this week at a global leadership and networking forum in New York City during a session titled: “The Pentagon, Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and Crashed UFOs.”
In comments made at SALT iConnection 2023—a conference that convenes investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers—Nolan stated that he believed extraterrestrial intelligence had not only visited planet Earth, but that “you can go a step further, it hasn’t just visited, it’s been here a long time, and it’s still here.”
Nolan specifically mentioned the “WOW!” signal, an incredibly strong signal that Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope detected in 1977; it lasted for about one minute, and appeared to originate from somewhere in the direction of Sagittarius. At the time, it was regarded as the first evidence of extraterrestrial life, but scientists have published work claiming the signal may have actually originated from a comet.
Still, Nolan stated that people continue to experience the WOW! signal on a regular basis as a form of extraterrestrial communication; even the interviewer on stage noted it was a fantastic statement that the audience might find “tough to believe.” When pushed about the probability that aliens had already visited Earth, Nolan replied without hesitation: “100 percent.”
He cited increased government attention on the matter of UFOs, including the establishment of the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office to investigate sightings of what the U.S. government now calls Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs. Nolan said that one of the goals of this group was to establish a whistleblowing office for individuals who have worked to reverse-engineer alien objects, allowing them to talk to Congress.
Nolan told the iConnection forum that he believed that alien intelligences are using drones and AI to observe humanity, and mentioned objects, seen by multiple types of sensors, including radar and infrared camera, go from “50 feet above the water to up to 14 miles and back in less than a second.”
He stated that physicists at defense contractors have explained to him how it might work, but accomplishing it in the real world would require enormous amounts of energy that would render it impractical in a modern setting. However, Nolan elaborated, just having a tiny piece of the technology would revolutionize society.
We should be clear that Nolan isn’t just some guy who happens to work at Stanford, making wild comments on a global stage; he’s a decorated academic. He has a Ph.D. in genetics and has published over 300 research articles and holds 40 patents. In addition to his academic work, he’s founded eight biotech companies, and has been honored as one of the top 25 inventors at Stanford.
Nolan’s Stanford bio emphasizes his work on “normal immune function, trauma, pathogen infection, and other inflammatory events” as well as “detailed substructures of leukemias and solid cancers and their interactions with the immune system.”
Still, that begs the question: why should we care what an immunologist has to say about aliens?
In 2021, VICE profiled Nolan, covering his work on UFOs. In the piece, Nolan claimed he had formerly consulted for “people associated with the CIA and some aeronautics corporations,” and had been asked to examine the MRIs of “pilots who’d gotten close to supposed UAPs and the fields generated by them.”
Nolan told VICE that the brains of some of these pilots had been “horribly, horribly damaged,” comparing the level of atrophy, or gradual loss of brain volume, to those who suffer from the neurodegenerative disease multiple sclerosis.
He further described UAP eyewitnesses as having a “smorgasbord of symptoms,” and stated that one individual had been harmed at Skinwalker Ranch, a private ranch in Utah with a history of paranormal activity, including sightings of UAPs.
Nolan also said he had analyzed fragments allegedly from UAPs, and in one case found unusual ratios of radioactive isotopes in a sample of magnesium from an alleged UFO explosion in Brazil. Finally, he claims to know people who are trying to reverse-engineer UAP technology.
The idea of the U.S. military, intelligence agencies, and defense contractors releasing classified UFO secrets that could cause a technological revolution is nothing new. The forum for this discussion, the SALT iConnections 2023 forum, is all about “disruptive innovation in finance, economics, and geopolitics,” and linking venture capital to these disruptions.
What would happen if this alien technology did exist, and practical applications were funded through venture capital for military and commercial purposes? It would probably make today’s Silicon Valley look like a tea party—and make some people fantastically rich. That makes the possibility of extraterrestrial communication seem a whole lot more down to Earth.