Readers will recall that on June 25, the Pentagon released a nine-page report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UFOs) which signaled a significant change in attitude from debunking to carefully assessing. That is, we don’t know what’s out there but it’s something and we had better find out. The report references 144 incidents, of which investigators “could not explain”143. First, some reactions from science writers at Futurism:
They were generally “disappointed” by the report’s uncertainty, accompanied by tantalizing hints:
Reports of strange sightings made by US military pilots emerged after The New York Times published a series of mysterious videos in 2017, captured by military personnel and showing unidentified objects that seemed to defy the laws of physics.
The June report, though, did little to clarify what the videos showed.Victor Tangermann, “Former Official: UFO Report Actually Strengthens “Alien Hypothesis”” at Futurism
In my view, the UAP report’s findings strengthen the case for the alien hypothesis by undermining the main alternatives and providing examples of capabilities we cannot emulate or even understand – precisely what one would expect if any of these reports involve genuine alien technology. A fair headline might have been: “UAP Report Strengthens Alien Hypothesis.” Instead, the press reporting seemed to lean in the opposite direction as though there was surprise that the government did not conclude ET is visiting.Christopher Mellon, “The UAP Report and the UAP Issue” at ChristopherMellon.net (July 6, 2021)
Tony Tran was also disappointed on the whole but weighs in with some notes worth paying attention to:
There were a few interesting tidbits. For one, it does conclude that the majority of unidentified objects are likely physical rather than optical illusions “given that the majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation.” …
The report did state very clearly that the unidentified objects were definitely not the result of the US government testing highly-advanced flying tech… which coincidentally is exactly what they would say if they were doing that.
However, they do say that the objects might be from a foreign adversary “deployed by China, Russia, another nation, or a non-governmental entity.”Tony Tran, “The Long-Awaited UFO Report Was Honestly Kind of Disappointing” at Futurism (June 26, 2021)
If the U.S. government were testing highly advanced flying tech, wouldn’t someone have likely have spilled by now? If U.S. industry has more advanced tech than national defense, well, …
Meanwhile, Jon Christian describes the report as “almost comically vague.”
“There are probably multiple types of UAP requiring different explanations based on the range of appearances and behaviors described in the available reporting,” reads one section. “Our analysis of the data supports the construct that if and when individual UAP incidents are resolved they will fall into one of five potential explanatory categories: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, USG or U.S. industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems, and a catchall ‘other’ bin.”Jon Christian, “The Pentagon Just Released Its UFO Report” at Futurism
Now here’s one for that catchall “other” bin that Christian notes:
Why assume, if the unexplained phenomena are indeed ET, that ET is more advanced than we are? What if the opposite is true? Experimental physicist Rob Sheldon asks us to consider the possibility that ET could be something like space cows, “grazing on the energy in the high atmosphere and inflated by hydrogen.”
Instead of wholly rejecting this view, consider two things:
First, 150 years ago, no one had heard of viruses. Perhaps the very idea might have been, for various reasons, dismissed. But less than two years ago, a virus of only 900 bytes of information shut down most of the world. We would have thought that something very advanced would be needed to do that. But apparently not.
Second, ET has never tried to contact us. Many hypotheses worth considering have been advanced as to why that is so. The theorists tend to assume that ET is more advanced than we are.
But perhaps, as Sheldon suggests, they are so simple that they could survive in space, perhaps generating energy via available elements. Don’t laugh. One earthly extremophile eats radioactive waste. If they are attracted to Earth by our high energy use, they could be generating unexplained phenomena. And they are not contacting us for the same reasons that viruses do not. They have no minds.
It’s early days yet in understanding. We shall see.
You may also wish to read: The Pentagon’s UAP (UFO) report signals a sharp attitude change. The brass have committed themselves to going “wherever the data takes us.” No, they didn’t report UFOs. But they reported enough mysteries to stop merely debunking and discrediting… and follow the evidence.
COVID-19: When 900 bytes shut down the world. A great physicist warned us, information precedes matter and energy: Bit before it.