My UFO experience

Extraordinary claims, such as that UFOs have visited our planet or that aliens exist, require extraordinary evidence.Personal testimonies are simply insufficient to conclude that UFOs and aliens are real.Good luck having a rational conversation about it with anyone on Twitter.If you were hoping, based on the title, that I was going to describe the time I saw strange lights moving at inexplicable speeds across the sky, then I am about to disappoint you. This column is actually about my experience in the public spotlight talking publicly about the connection between UFOs and extraterrestrial life. It was quite a ride.Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidenceOn May 30, 2021, I wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled “I’m a Physicist Who Studies Aliens. U.F.O’s Don’t Impress Me.” I don’t get to write titles for the op-ed pieces that I write for the Times — or most other places for that matter — but, as provocative as it was, I think it captured the essence of my point. As a scientist involved in the search for life and “techno-signatures” on exoplanets, I think a lot about what constitutes a good data set for that search. In other words, what kind of data…

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My UFO experience

Updated: June 10, 2021 — 10:26 am