The Congressional hearing titled “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena: Implications on National Security, Public Safety, and Government Transparency” is scheduled to take place at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at the 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing could potentially uncover some significant developments in our understanding of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
The call for the U.S. government to unveil any secrets about potential extraterrestrial encounters on Earth is increasingly resonating. Still, the question remains: are we prepared for such an unveiling?
Those immersed in the intricate and puzzling world of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), formerly known as unidentified flying objects (UFOs), would be aware that we could be on the cusp of a “full disclosure.” Disclosure activists argue that this would involve revealing that Earth has been a frequent host to unconventional spacecraft of potentially alien origin. They also allege the existence of a covert U.S. government program aimed at deciphering the operational principles of these mysterious vehicles.
The anticipation for the government to disclose possible extraterrestrial visits is intensifying. Yet, it’s uncertain when this might occur and what the societal implications of such first contact or exposure of historical records proving alien visits might be. Opinions differ on the potential ripple effects.
Recent public surveys reveal that a majority believe the government may be suppressing the truth about UFOs. Other polls indicate that most Americans believe in intelligent life beyond Earth. These findings show a trend in the belief that extraterrestrial life exists.
However, if “full disclosure” does occur, are we prepared for potential direct contact with this life?
Steven Dick, an American astronomer and author known for his work in astrobiology, calls for better data. He questions the likelihood of the U.S. Government’s ability to keep a secret of this magnitude for such an extended period. While he supports the study of UFOs/UAPs, he’s not convinced by the blurry Navy videos that these are extraterrestrial spacecraft or connected to alien artificial intelligence.
In his view, if direct or remote contact occurs and we survive it, our philosophical and theological worldviews would inevitably shift. We shouldn’t expect extraterrestrials to solve all our problems, but the exchange of information would be fascinating.
As for the readiness for this contact, “Probably not,” says Dick, but he notes emerging fields like ‘astrotheology’ and ‘astroethics’ are outlining the options.
John Elliott, coordinator of the SETI Post Detection Hub at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, sees the discovery of extraterrestrial life as a profound “Copernican type” moment for humanity. Such a discovery would confirm we are not the only life in the universe and would significantly shift our perceived central ‘importance.’
“The refrain that full disclosure is imminent has been voiced since almost the very start of the flying saucer era in 1947,” says Greg Eghigian, a professor of history and bioethics at Pennsylvania State University. He believes that despite various states, including the U.S. and the U.K., releasing numerous classified documents over the years, some people will only be satisfied if governments demonstrate they are withholding information about the extraterrestrial origins of UFOs.
On the subject of readiness for disclosure, Eghigian notes that actual alien intelligence contact/confirmation could involve numerous scenarios. These could range from astronomical observations of signs of a once existent technologically advanced civilization, to the discovery of alien artifacts in space, or even visitors appearing here on Earth. He suggests that each scenario could have vastly different implications, many of which may not significantly affect most people’s lives.
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