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Life Elsewhere Is Likely But Visits No

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 10:08:42 -0400
Archived: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 10:08:42 -0400
Subject: Life Elsewhere Is Likely But Visits No

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pennsylvania, USA


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Life Elsewhere Is Likely. But Visits? No
By Len Barcousky
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While most scientists would welcome conclusive evidence of life
on other planets, the scientific consensus maintains that it is
unlikely that aliens have visited Earth, a Pittsburgh astronomer

"If their technology is so advanced, why would aliens have to
sneak around and keep their presence a secret?" asked John
Radzilowicz, an astronomer at the Carnegie Science Center. "They
could do anything they wanted with us ... And why would they be
crashing their spaceships all the time?"

A 22-year study by the Air Force of nearly 13,000 claimed
sightings of UFOs ended with three no's:

No unidentified flying object evaluated by the Air Force was
ever found to threaten national security.

No evidence submitted concerning UFOs represented evidence of
technology or scientific principles beyond modern knowledge.

No evidence indicated that any of the sightings was of an
extraterrestrial vehicle.

The Project Blue Book report, based on 12,618 UFO sightings
reported between 1940 and 1969, remains the federal government's
final word on the subject.

"Since the termination of Project Blue Book, nothing has
occurred that would support a resumption of UFO investigations
by the Air Force," according to a government fact sheet on the

Mr. Radzilowicz said UFO enthusiasts too often confuse the
separate issues of the likelihood that life exists on other
planets and that the Earth has been visited by aliens.

"Most astronomers think the chances of life existing elsewhere
in the universe are very high," he said. "Some even believe it
is likely intelligent life is out there. The physical and
chemical laws that apply here appear to be the same everywhere."

"It's a very different thing to believe aliens are visiting us,"
he said. "There is no conclusive evidence that they have tried
to contact us and no evidence that they have visited us."

"I, and many other scientists, would be jumping up and down
[with joy] if we had confirmed evidence," he said.

He scoffed at the notion of a conspiracy to keep secret proof of
visits and abductions. "I don't see how the scientific community
and the government could keep information known by thousands of
people secret," he said. "They couldn't keep Watergate a secret
and that was known only by a handful of people."

He was referring to the Watergate scandal, which involved a
small group of White House aides and campaign officials that
began in June 1972 with a bungled burglary at the Democratic
National Headquarters and ended with the resignation of
President Richard Nixon.

Mr. Radzilowicz estimated that about 90 percent of the many
thousands of UFOs sightings have been explained. He said
investigators commit a logical fallacy when they point to the
unexplained 10 percent as evidence of UFOs.

More than 30 percent of murders remain unsolved in the United
States, he said. That means no one being arrested in the
suspicious deaths of about 6,000 people annually.

No one ever argues that those people have been killed by aliens,
he said. "The logical thing is to assume that the 30 percent of
unsolved murders were committed in the same way as the 70
percent that were solved," he said. "It's just that the police
don't have enough evidence to bring charges."

The same logic should apply in the case of unexplained UFO
sightings, he said. "The logical thing to conclude is that the
unexplained 10 percent were caused by the same things as the
other 90 percent. The events should be investigated, but you
don't jump to the conclusion that the explanation must be

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