Edgar Mitchell, a former astronaut who was on Apollo 14, has recently made the statement that there are, in fact, UFO’s out there, and the government is covering it up (click here for another article on this, and notice some of the comments! Sheesh)!
Now I’m a generous fellow. I assume that most people who see UFO’s are simply mistaken on what they are looking at. The Phoenix Lights are a great example of this. In that case people saw a series of unusual objects in the sky (flares on parachutes), and due to their conditioning by the media and Hollywood, many people assumed they must be UFO’s!
I’ve talked about this particular incident before, and at the same about how stupid aliens must be if they fly around, presumably not wanting us to spot them, but do it in a way that allows us to spot them. From my article:
Given that the aliens supposedly have the ability and technology to travel across the trackless depths of space, coming however many light years to get here, why are they so stupid that, upon arriving, they leave their running lights on?
I never did get a satisfactory response on that question. I suspect I’ll never get any satisfactory resolutions to any other questions I have about the UFO phenomenon, like “Why do they hide from us?”, “Why do they come here?”, “What’s up with them and the anal probes?”
I’ll at some point write up a more lengthy article on my views about the government-cover-up theory, but in brief it boils down to a: why would the government cover it up? b: why wouldn’t another government who doesn’t like us report it to the media? c: if we have dead aliens and crashed UFO’s in our custody, why haven’t other members of their species turned up and said, “Excuse us! We take a narrow view of people doing what you’ve done.” and d: again, why would they cover it up? The usual explanation is “to prevent panic”, whatever that’s supposed to mean. Cause, you know, people would go nuts and civilization would fall if we turned out not to be alone in the universe. I guess. Whatever.
Anyhow, I try to remain generous with people on this issue, at least as much as possible. In the case of Edgar Mitchell, however, this is someone who, given what he’s saying, is either nuts or lying. I have to assume one of these two things is true because, as is always the case with claims like his, he offers no evidence, none, to back up what he’s saying. If he has evidence he can produce, great! But without that… no, he’s a liar. Plain and simple. I don’t know if he’s getting ready to sell a book or is simply hungry for attention, but since he has no proof for his claims, I have to believe he’s lying.
I notice from his article on Wikipedia that he also believes in things like remote healing and ESP. This from a susposed man of science. What a sad, pitiful creature. It’s a great shame, too, because the Apollo program was one the greatest things in all of human history, and it’s sad that his participation in it will always be tainted by these idiodic views and lies.
(btw: for a good article on this from a skeptical point of view, click here)