1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh8d6Esi268


    Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute and former Director of Center for SETI Research. A popular science communicator, Seth has hosted SETI's weekly radio show (and now podcast) Big Picture Science since 2002. We discuss the work of SETI, and some of the more interesting developments. We also talk about the UFO "Disclosure" conspiracy theory, which suggests the US government is covering up evidence of extraterrestrial encounters and is (perhaps) on the verge of disclosing this information. We also discuss the related cultural phenomenon, Storm Area 51.

    0:56 - The evolution of SETI
    2:13 - Astrobiology
    3:37 - Fast Radio Bursts
    6:20 - Would aliens even use radios?
    7:57 - Storm Area 51
    10:04 - The Femi Paradox
    13:05 - Could Aliens Hear our TV signals? Probably can pick up Radar.
    15:00 - The Drake Equation, does it predict UFOs?
    17:00 - Is the Drake Equation useful?
    18:40 - Can you make SETI-type observations of other Galaxies
    19:45 - What's the closest star that's is interesting?
    21:00 - Tabby's Star - Alien Megastructure, or dust clouds?
    22:45 - Seth Shostak's interaction with the UFO community
    24:00 - Types of mistakes that UFOlogists make.
    24:20 - "Disclosure" - The US Government covering things up.
    26:32 - To The Stars Academy
    27:10 - The Navy IR videos, Go Fast, Gimbal.
    29:28 - Mick tries to explain the Gimbal rotation (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka_bX... )
    31:00 - UFO's in popular culture, pros and cons for science literacy. Mostly harmless
    34:00 - Flat Earth
    35:20 - Is SETI covering up ET's so it can continue to get funding? What would you do if UFOs are really aliens?
    36:55 - Genomic Wow signal - evidence of aliens in DNA? Not a bad idea.
    39:18 - SETI and Anthropomorphic Assumptions (assuming aliens are human-like)
    40:25 - Von Neumann self-replicating machines populating the galaxy?
    41:58 - UFO enthusiast's sometimes negative view of Seth Shostak
    44:10 - Shostak's personal "UFO" experiences
    46:02 - Advice for UFO enthusiasts
    50:14 - Last words - "If you think there are aliens out there, then work on proving that to me"
     
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  2. Agent K

    Agent K Active Member

    UFO conspiracy theories aren't so harmless if they lead people to bum rush Area 51. I'm almost disappointed that this event wasn't organized by Russian trolls, who organized American protests and counter-protests in the past. Storming Area 51 would've been a perfect active measure, setting paranoid Americans against their own military base. If I were a Russian troll, I'd get mobs of flat earthers to storm NASA, anti-vaxxers to storm the CDC, etc.