Although there is no concrete scientific evidence of extraterrestrial life, a former NASA physics professor and scientist believes that the truth exists and that scientists should study it seriously, without offering stupid explanations for each new observation.
On June 28, a former NASA scientist published an article calling on the scientific community to thoroughly examine UFO evidence on Earth. The article was published a few days before July 2, 2018, which is World UFO Day.
Kevin Knuth: Professor of Physics at New York State University in Albany, describes two personal stories about speculation in alien life. The first took place at a NASA conference in 2002. The second “discovery” occurred when Knuth was a graduate student in 1988. When his physics professor explained to him at the time that UFOs were shooting down U.S. Air Force nuclear missiles, Knuth didn’t believe it. Years later, he was able to see a recording at a press conference with air force representatives describing events of this kind.
Today, Knuth firmly believes that there is a good chance that extraterrestrials exist and there is, for him, evidence to support this theory. He estimates that there could be tens of thousands of intelligent civilizations in the galaxy. However, despite the age of the galaxy, there is little officially recognized evidence of an encounter with UFOs and/or aliens. Knuth is therefore convinced that this information has been withheld by many governments when there is enough evidence to open scientific studies.
He also explained that the subject of UFOs is considered taboo in the scientific community, with many organizations finding excuses for various UFO sightings. For example and often, excuses are related to weather or human activities (planes, flares, missiles etc). The result is that UFOs are largely not included as an opportunity for scientific study and discussion. He also said, however, that many countries have gradually begun declassifying UFO cases, including Canada, France, Ecuador and the United Kingdom. Knuth argues that these cases should encourage scientific research.
“I think UFO skepticism has become a kind of religion with an agenda, dismissing the possibility of extraterrestrial life without scientific evidence, while often providing stupid hypotheses describing only one or two aspects of a UFO encounter that reinforce popular belief that there is a conspiracy,” Knuth wrote in The Conversation.
He also said that skeptics “often do science a disservice” because scientists must take into account all the possible results that explain the data.
Knuth added that there have been documented cases of UFO observations, including telescopes, and that observations date back at least to the 1700s. In 2017, the Chilean government released images of a UFO, among others.
“Although there is not a single case for which there is evidence that would stand up to scientific rigor, there are cases with simultaneous observations by multiple reliable witnesses, as well as radar echoes and photographic evidence revealing activity patterns that are convincing,” he wrote.
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