UFOlogy is gaining legitimacy, but will scientists answer the call?

“Gimbal” UAP, Department of Defense.

The topic of UFOs, or UAPs as the Navy calls them, has changed immensely since the days of Project Blue Book, swamp gas, and disregard of the truth surrounding these objects by mainstream science and an unconvinced public. With the release of Department of Defense footage, an exposé in the New York Times, and multiple eyewitness accounts from credible Navy pilots who report confounding close encounters with craft displaying physics-defying maneuvers, incredible velocities and accelerations under seemingly intelligent control, the subject has gained a new image and attention unseen since the UFO craze of the ’40s and ’50s. …

An exploration of the “WIMP miracle” and why it may not pan out.

“ It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are, If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong” — Richard Feynman

7 TeV proton-proton collision in the CMS detector of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. Image by the CMS collaboration.

I started this piece off with one of my favorite Feynman quotes. I include this particular quote because it encapsulates the hard truths of not just physics, but all of evidence-based science as well as the indifference of nature and how she chooses to express herself to us humans. If the data suggest something other than your model or “guess”, it behooves the reasonably minded scientist to consider alternate theories to explain the…

A reflection on nuclear weapons and our connection to them as a species

“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds” — J. Robert Oppenheimer/The Bhagavad Gita

The incredible story of one human’s journey through the true nature of reality

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool” — Richard P. Feynman

“As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain will also be a mystery.” — Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Nerve fibers are weaved through the architecture of our brain as shown here in a computer model made by “The Human Connectome Project” from the National Institute of Health.

The human brain is a vast and intricate web of our experiences, emotions, and characters, governed by the laws of physics and described extensively through our understanding of neuroscience and biochemistry. We have a decent grasp on how neurotransmitters are shot in between the synapses of our neurons, passing on small electrical signals between each other to form thoughts and memories. We know very well the properties of the main neurotransmitters endogenous…

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was instrumental in the formation of the first publicly announced program to investigate UAPs, called AATIP.

There have recently been tectonic developments in the quest for one of mankind’s greatest question: Are we alone in the universe?

On December 16, 2017, the world was exposed to the first U.S. program to admit to studying and observing the countless unidentified aerial vehicles that occupy global airspace on a daily basis through a New York Times article entitled “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious UFO Program”. In the article, the NYT outlines a top-secret government program to investigate UFOs. The program was approved by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in 2007. Along with the article…

Graphic showing Moore’s Law and the exponential growth of computing power since 1900, projected to 2045. Image by TIME.

We are currently at an extremely sensitive and crucial point in the history of our species, though many do not realize or even give it a thought in their day to day lives. The rise of biotechnology, gene editing, artificial intelligence and information technology are shadowed by a looming climate crisis and the seemingly inevitable collapse of most of the world’s ecosystems. This is not some far off speculation. It’s currently happening. The World Wildlife Fund recently released figures indicating a 60% decline over the past half-century of the worlds mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles. This, to many who study…

“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light” — Stanley Kubrick

PMT array of the LUX-ZEPLIN detector, the “eyes” of the one of the most sensitive WIMP detectors ever built by humans. Image by LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration.

Humans have achieved some remarkable feats of technological advancement and scientific discovery over the course of the past 200 years. We have scoured the night sky for celestial events with powerful Earth and space based telescopes since Galileo to peer back into time and space. We have unlocked the…

FLIR footage of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. Source: The United States Department of Defense.

On December 16, 2017, The New York Times dropped a bombshell article detailing the funding of a top-secret DoD program called The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) tasked with investigating the countless encounters experienced by pilots and military service members in U.S. airspace and abroad. The program was green-lighted by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in 2007, funding research and inquiry into the many sightings witnessed by military personnel and naval officers. Reid has publicly expressed his disbelief in the lack of investigation into the matter by the U.S. Military and the Pentagon.

“I’m not embarrassed or…

Matthew Forman

Astroparticle physics PhD candidate at UC Irvine, Citizen Scientist, curious Homo Sapien. instagram: @human_wavefunction, twitter: @human_wavfnctn

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