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At LiveScience: 13 famous people who believe in alien civilizations. Or do they?

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has a long political history advocating for children and families, gender equality and health care reform, but in 2016, during her bid to secure the Democratic nomination for president, Clinton turned her attention to the paranormal.

In a radio interview and then later on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Clinton said she wants to review files about UFOs and the mysterious Area 51 site in Nevada and make them public.

“I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible,” she told Kimmel. “If there’s nothing there, let’s tell people there’s nothing there.”

Area 51, located about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas, in the Nevada desert, is a restricted military outpost that is part of the Edwards Air Force Base. It has been the site of a number of stealth military programs, and this secrecy has, in part, fueled conspiracy theorists who claim that scientists at the facility are reverse-engineering alien technology from UFO crashes. In 2013, declassified CIA documents detailed some of Area 51’s history, revealing the site’s role in testing spy planes such as the U-2. There was no mention of aliens or UFOs in the declassified files. More.

It’s not clear from Chow’s account that Clinton actually believed in it. Let’s just say, it was boffo radio at the time.

We weren’t nearly as surprised to learn that William “Star Trek” Shatner or Stephen Hawking are into this stuff. But hey. For them, it’s business.

Given the evidence base (an entire discipline with no subject), it is really one tremendous act of faith on their part to believe any of it at all.

See also: But surely we can’t conjure an entire advanced civilization?

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How do we grapple with the idea that ET might not be out there?

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