I mean, you must have known we would need to discuss the multiple UFO articles appearing in our nations best newspapers. Right? Let’s review:
-First up, we need to clarify that UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Object. Which doesn’t actually imply any connection to extraterrestrials. It just means it’s an object that can’t be explained. So you can totally be into UFOs and simultaneously believe that aliens don’t exist. But based on these recent articles, you may also want to prepare your mind for the possibility that they do exist. : )
-Now let’s go back to December 2017, when the New York Times published an article (how did I miss this?) about how the Department of Defense has an official program tasked with cataloguing UFOs recorded by military pilots. And DoD officials confirmed its existence!
-Then jump to last November, when we read about the cigar-shaped Oumuamua (I know I shared this story). It’s an object being studied by real-life astrophysicists that originated outside our solar system.
-And now, on Monday of this week, the New York Times published a new story about Navy pilots reporting UFOs. Here are the first three paragraphs from the article:
The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.
“These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years, and who reported his sightings to the Pentagon and Congress. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”
In late 2014, a Super Hornet pilot had a near collision with one of the objects, and an official mishap report was filed. Some of the incidents were videotaped, including one taken by a plane’s camera in early 2015 that shows an object zooming over the ocean waves as pilots question what they are watching.
I mean. Whaaaat??
-Then on Tuesday of this week, the Washington Post followed up on the NYT’s article reporting about a paper called “Sovereignty and the UFO” that explains why UFOs haven’t been studied seriously. From that paper:
UFOs have never been systematically investigated by science or the state, because it is assumed to be known that none are extraterrestrial. Yet in fact this is not known, which makes the UFO taboo puzzling given the ET possibility…. The puzzle is explained by the functional imperatives of anthropocentric sovereignty, which cannot decide a UFO exception to anthropocentrism while preserving the ability to make such a decision. The UFO can be “known” only by not asking what it is.
Okay. That should get you pretty much caught up. And now I’m super curious to hear your thoughts. What do you make of all this? Do you like that UFOs are being officially acknowledged? Or maybe you are rolling your eyes?
Personally, I’m here for it — UFOs, and aliens too! I think one of the reasons is that among many of the fascinating tidbits/sidenotes in Mormon theology, is the idea that God created “worlds without number” inhabited by people (human or otherwise) who need to grow and learn in the same way we do here on Earth. I remember hearing that as a kid and loving the whole idea.
And then, in college when I tried to comprehend the size of the universe, I remember reading statistics on the chances of intelligent life existing on other habitable planets (try this article titled: The Odds That We’re the Only Advanced Species in the Galaxy Are One in 60 Billion), and I felt like my childhood assumptions of “other life out there” were confirmed.
So, while I have read zero books on this (smart and funny) recommended list for UFO enthusiasts, and don’t consider myself a UFO enthusiast in any way, I’m totally open to the existence of UFOs. And totally open to the existence of extraterrestrial life as well.
How about you? Does this topic pique your interest? Do you remember how and when you formed your opinion on the existence or non-existence of UFOs and aliens? I’d love to hear.
P.S. — Did you ever watch Mars Attacks? The image at top is still from the movie. We watched it with the kids for a family movie night a few weeks ago. I hadn’t seen in maybe 20 years. Too funny!