"I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
How does a professional pilot, civilian or military, set themselves up to be treated like leper? Yes. Report an encounter with a UFO! Even worse, bring back proof, like a military sensor video recording.
There have been consistent reports from Navy pilots, flying off both coasts of America, of things on their radar, things seen visually and tracked by camera, on both coasts, that fall smack dab into realm of being a UFO. There are tantalizing bits of information. When equipped with a new radar, Hornet pilots began picking up tracks of objects that behaved unlike objects normally observed. What does that mean? A software fault? Any number of natural phenomena? Pilot physiology?
Generalizing, a pilot observed UFO usually displays non-natural actions. It moves in non-ballistic courses, seemingly defying Professor Newton. It can make true 90 degree turns while flying at a very high rate of speed. It can hover at any altitude. It can accelerate/decelerate at speeds that put on enough G-forces to crush a human pilot. And they appear to do this for hours, using energy at a rate far in excess of the jets that are tracking them. They get picked up by radar but do not generate plumes of infrared energy that can picked up by a FLIR sensor, as would be the case with a combustion powered aircraft.
We should be skeptical about all this. Good science is based on skeptical reasoning. That being said, perhaps being cynical does not obtain. These pilots do not appear to be fools or charlatans. While I can’t bring myself to believe we are being visited, that is primarily due the science involved, not because I believe we are alone.
Here is Dr. Michio Kaku, a popular science explainer and physicist, on the subject.
"When discussing the possibility of interstellar travel, there is something called “the giggle factor.” Some scientists tend to scoff at the idea of interstellar travel because of the enormous distances that separate the stars. According to Special Relativity (1905), no usable information can travel faster than light locally, and hence it would take centuries to millennia for an extra-terrestrial civilization to travel between the stars. Even the familiar stars we see at night are about 50 to 100 light years from us, and our galaxy is 100,000 light years across. The nearest galaxy is 2 million light years from us. The critics say that the universe is simply too big for interstellar travel to be practical.
Similarly, investigations into UFO’s that may originate from another planet are sometimes the “third rail” of someone’s scientific career. There is no funding for anyone seriously looking at unidentified objects in space, and one’s reputation may suffer if one pursues an interest in these unorthodox matters. In addition, perhaps 99% of all sightings of UFO’s can be dismissed as being caused by familiar phenomena, such as the planet Venus, swamp gas (which can glow in the dark under certain conditions), meteors, satellites, weather balloons, even radar echoes that bounce off mountains. (What is disturbing, to a physicist however, is the remaining 1% of these sightings, which are multiple sightings made by multiple methods of observations. Some of the most intriguing sightings have been made by seasoned pilots and passengers aboard air line flights which have also been tracked by radar and have been videotaped. Sightings like this are harder to dismiss.)"
Just as a teaser, we can also discuss the Kardashev Scale.
“Nikolai Kardashev, a Soviet astrophysicist born in 1932, devised a method of rating advanced civilizations. Technological advances, according to Kardashev, could theoretically create conditions where a society could maximize use of energy: first, maximizing the energy striking a planet from its local star; second, maximizing all the energy emitted by a local star, not just that which falls on that civilization’s planet; third, maximizing the energy derived from all the stars in that civilization’s galaxy; and fourth, maximizing the energy from all the galaxies and intergalactic medium within the entire Universe. He categorized each of these stages as Type 1 through Type 4.
Based on Kardashev’s speculations where does our civilization sit today? We are Type 0, somewhere between 0.7 and 0.72 producing 15 Terawatts of energy, a mere fraction of the energy a Type 1 would harvest from the physical world. The renowned theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, has speculated on Kardashev’s scale and believes humanity will attain Type 1 status within a century or two, How? Through harnessing of fusion, and antimatter.”
Do I think these phenomena are “real?” Yes I do. Do I think we are clever enough to know or figure out what they are? I think not yet. Is it worth pursuing a solid answer. Emphatically yes! I hold that our positive advancement in technology and science has been fueled by those who ignore the cynics and refuse to surrender to “we just don’t know.”