But if you want to talk about conspiracies, just start a thread on UFO/UAPs. I’m all in.
OK… There have been recent congressional hearings regarding UFO/UAP’s and videos of various phenomena were shown followed a congressman asking the hapless General for an explanation, which of course if he had one, then the object would not be a UFO.
Good theater but no enlightenment. My personal belief is yes there is life out these somewhere, probably lots of it given the immensity. An also the likelihood of any of it visiting Earth is as close to zero as can be. Here is something I read a while back in an Astronomy text that clarified my thinking.
Bernard Oliver, an engineer with an abiding interest in life elsewhere, made a revealing calculation about the costs of rapid interstellar space travel. Since we do not know what sort of technology we (or other civilizations) might someday develop, Oliver considered a trip to the nearest star (and back again) in a spaceship with a “perfect engine”—one that would convert its fuel into energy with 100% efficiency. Even with a perfect engine, the energy cost of a single round-trip journey at 70% the speed of light turns out to be equivalent to several hundred thousand years’ worth of total U.S. electrical energy consumption. The cost of such travel is literally out of this world.
This is one reason astronomers are so skeptical about claims that UFOs are spaceships from extraterrestrial civilizations. Given the distance and energy expense involved, it seems unlikely that the dozens of UFOs (and even UFO abductions) claimed each year could be visitors from other stars so fascinated by Earth civilization that they are willing to expend fantastically large amounts of energy or time to reach us. Nor does it seem credible that these visitors have made this long and expensive journey and then systematically avoided contacting our governments or political and intellectual leaders