UFOs Visiting Earth? Neil deGrasse Tyson Says No Scientific Evidence Supporting Visitation Or Contact

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Jul. 6 2017, Updated 8:40 a.m. ET

In remarks certain to be a bit unpopular among UFO researchers, conspiracy theorists, and “experiencers” (what alien abduction victims call themselves), noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson last week firmly insisted that there is no hard scientific evidence that UFOs (unidentified flying objects) have been and/or are presently visiting Earth and its people. He said that even though there is increasing evidence pointing to the possibility that humanity is not alone in the universe, there still is not scientifically verifiable proof. And when it comes to aliens piloting starships to Earth, where’s the proof?

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Making an appearance on C-SPAN’s In Depth, Neil DeGrasse Tyson stated that he is not in the least convinced that technologically advanced aliens have visited Earth. As reported by the Daily Express, he further stated that UFO researchers — ufologists — have no evidence to the contrary.

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“What the UFO community puts forth as evidence is weak on a level that, in any scientific circle, would be kicked out of the lab room.”

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Most UFO reports are from individuals or groups. Tyson pointed out that eyewitness accounts are not the most reliable sources. And given that the objects in question are simply unidentified, he says it takes a huge jump to suggest that the object is an alien craft.

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“I am not saying you didn’t see it – I’m simply saying you cannot present that as evidence for something you want all of us to believe. I need better data.”

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The problem, Tyson finds, is that the more bizarre or out-of-the-ordinary the sighting is, the less stock he places in the witnessing. And that includes photographic or video evidence.

“And as your claim gets more and more extraordinary, the less confidence I have,” he said. “Now you have taken a picture of something you don’t understand – it is better than eyes, so what is it – it’s unidentified – that is what the U stands for – we don’t know what it is, it’s a mystery.”

The astrophysicist explained that the UFO sighting phenomenon was simply people seeing things they didn’t understand, like the often-viewed and often-misidentified (as UFOs) circular-shaped lenticular or orographic clouds, but still wanted to believe they had witnessed a “UFO mothership.”

“If you are susceptible to wanting this to be true, then that is the mothership,” he said, effectively defining an individual likely to fall prey to confirmation bias, the psychological disposition individuals have for approaching new information or evidence as confirming already existing beliefs, theories, and/or experiences.

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