Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Skeptical Of Pentagon's UFO Footage, Doubts Aliens Have Visited Earth
In case you missed it, the Pentagon had (or has?) a secret UFO investigation program that the US military devoted $22 million of its $600 billion annual budget on. A video of one such UFO spotted by Navy fighter pilots back in 2004 has gone viral. The military called that the object a drone, the Internet says it's an alien spacecraft, and Neil deGrasse Tyson says that everybody needs to chill because it's really not proof of anything.
"People, I think, have conflated the concept of a UFO with whether we're visited by aliens," NdT told CNN during this week. Breaking down the "O" in UFO, he said that it is a "highly non-specific term. It is so non-specfic, it admits you don't know what you're looking at." He added that the fact that the military has a program to investigate unidentified flying objects is not a big deal. "It's a flying object and we don't know what it is...I would hope somebody is checking it out!"
To this day, nearly 13 years later, the origin and identity of the object in the video is unknown. When asked how he feels about that, Neil deGrasse Tyson said he is cool with not knowing. "Scientists live in mystery every day of our lives. There's the circle of knowledge that we have, and then beyond that circle is the unknown. As the area of that knowledge grows, so does the perimeter of our ignorance...Call me when you have a dinner invite from an alien. That's a different conversation."
When asked directly if he thinks that there is intelligent life "out there," Neil deGrasse Tyson joked that he would start with that question here on Earth. "Who defined us as intelligent? We did! So is that some cosmic measure of intelligence? Perhaps not...I'm just saying, it seems to me, aliens who visited us would manifest more convincingly than fuzzy video."
Are we sure that Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't one of them? Maybe this brilliant astrophysicist non-believer stuff is a trick to throw us off. I see you, Neil.