by Carl Kruse
The following post is an excerpt from an announcement by the SETI Institute for their upcoming online chat “UAPs: Are They Worth Scientific Attention” The talk is sponsored by Carl Kruse, the curator of the Carl Kruse Blog, and is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2170, 2021 at 7:00PM PST.
“UAP” – unidentified aerial phenomena — is the more current term used for what often called UFO’s — unidentified flying objects. The Carl Kruse Nonprofits Blog encourages all to tune in to what should be a great discussion.
In June 2021, the U.S. Department of Defense released an unclassified, preliminary report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). The report cataloged and investigated unexplained encounters in the sky by U.S. Navy ships and aircraft. The report’s conclusion is that the vast majority of UAPs do represent physical objects, and their surprising maneuvers are not caused by any U.S. advanced technology programs. Nor are they evidence that those objects came from outer space. So, what are they?
Recent UAP sightings have so far failed to generate interest among the scientific community. Part of the reason could be the apparent taboo around UAP phenomena, often associated with the paranormal or pseudoscientific. Should scientists care about these events?
To address these questions and discuss how we could scientifically study UAPs, The Seti Institute has invited two scientists to discuss their thoughts. Dr. Jacob Haqq Misra, SETI astronomer and senior research investigator at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and Dr. Ravi Kopparapu, planetary scientist and an astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Both co-wrote two articles, one in Scientific American published in July 2020 and another in the Washington Post in June 2021, advocating for a scientific investigation of UAPs by interdisciplinary teams of scientists. Kopparapu and Haqq-Misra emphasize that discarding the taboo surrounding this phenomenon would generate genuine scientific inquiry in actually finding more about UAPs.
Molly Bentley, host and producer of Big Picture Science, will moderate the conversation. Molly and the two astronomers will discuss the taboo surrounding UAPs and how interdisciplinary teams should conduct a genuine scientific inquiry to understand this phenomena. As Carl Sagan concluded in a 1969 debate, “scientists are particularly bound to have open minds; this is the lifeblood of science.” We do not know what UAPs are, and this is precisely why we as scientists should study them.
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As an aside, and to be clear, while Carl Kruse and the Carl Kruse Blog are sponsoring this chat, it is their position, given the evidence, that UAP’s are probably not of extraterrestrial origin.
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