Bio: Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist with BS and MS degrees from the University of Chicago, is the best-known scientific ufologist in North America and probably the world. He has worked on classified fission and fusion nuclear propulsion systems for space exploration for companies such as General Electric. As a ufologist, he has lectured at more than 600 colleges in 50 states, 9 provinces, and 18 countries. He is co-author of the Roswell book, Crash at Corona, and the author of Top Secret/Majic. He has appeared on numerous TV documentaries including The History Channel and Sci-Fi Channel and hundreds of radio and TV programs. He lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Lecture: Astronomy Versus Ufology
For more than 70 years the astronomical community has made comments about UFOs. Almost always they have been negative and to the effect that there is nothing to them: lights in the sky and they almost always can be explained as poor observations by uneducated believers. They have done their research by proclamation rather than investigation. They have falsely told the world that not only is there no satisfactory evidence, but that interstellar travel is impossible, that the reported accelerations cannot be withstood by humans, that governments cannot keep secrets, that if aliens were visiting Earth, they would certainly have made their presence known to the powers that be and especially to the astronomical community.. Reviewing their books and papers, one finds almost no references to the appropriate literature. The basic rules seem to be “Don’t bother me with the facts, my mind is made up”. and “what the public doesn’t know, I won’t tell them”, and “if one can’t attack the data, pretend it doesn’t exist, and attack the people”. It is strange that almost all astronomical research is concerned with inanimate things seen at a long distance through a tiny window and not with nearby highly maneuverable craft observed by normal people and performing activities that we can’t duplicate.
This isn’t science. The SETI cultists are almost always astronomers who refuse to examine the evidence and know nothing about ufology, other than considering it a threat to their activities because, if aliens are visiting, who needs SETI? Better to learn sign language.It is worth reviewing the unscientific attacks by those involved in the Silly Effort To Investigate.