In “White House: There’s no sign of E.T. or UFO cover-up” (MSNBC, November 5, 2011), Nancy Atkinson reports, “Science policy official responds to petitions calling for full disclosure”:
“The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race,” Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy reported on the WhiteHouse.gov website.”In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”
The petition calling on the government to disclose any knowledge of or communication with extraterrestrial beings was signed by 5,387 people, and 12,078 signed the request for a formal acknowledgement from the White House that extraterrestrials have been engaging the human race.
Yes, tis is just culture news.
But it is culture news. It’s nonsense in itself, but what it tells us is worth considering. In science, the quest for space aliens is pursued by far-fetched theories, and in popular culture via crackpot conspiracy claims.
Because no one wants to consider the possible implications of the fact that the evidence currently suggests we’re alone. Why?
As one observer noted: Why on earth would NASA hide space aliens, when they would make the agency’s fortune? But that isn’t going to sway people with such a deep-seatd emotional need.
The Paradigm Research Group, one of the organizations promoting the petitions, said that the response by a “low-level staffer” was unacceptable and that it would begin a new petition campaign.
See also: Red dwarfs less alien to life? But none of this adds up to Them being Out There …
and Extraterrestrial civilizations: Have we tried looking for their city lights yet?
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