Even Presidents get curious about UFOs

And why wouldn’t they? The idea of extraterrestrial life isn’t far-fetched as we continue to find more planets, as Former President Bill Clinton stated in an appearance with Jimmy Kimmel.

Bill Clinton “Wouldn’t Be Surprised” If Aliens Existed (TIME):

“If we were visited someday, I wouldn’t be surprised, I just hope it’s not like Independence Day, the movie, that it’s a conflict. May be the only way to unite this increasingly divided world of ours. If they’re out there, think of how all the differences among people on earth would seem small if we felt threatened by a space invader…”

“We know now we live in an ever-expanding universe, we know that there are billions of stars and planets – literally – out there. And the universe is getting bigger. […] Just in the last two years more than 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system that seem to be far enough away from their suns and dense enough that they might be able to support some form of life. So it makes it increasingly less likely that we’re alone.”

That expansion does pose a challenge to interstellar travel among more distant stars for both future humans and hypothetical extraterrestrial travelers, making visitation from distant neighbors a doubtful proposition (though science fiction has plot devices around that), but it certainly does indeed appear less likely, from a numbers standpoint, that we are alone.

He discussed his own journey of discovery, which he embarked upon after becoming President: “First I had people go look at the records on Area 51, to make sure there was no alien down there…” and further, “had all the Roswell papers reviewed.”

For those interested, the United States National Archives does provide information concerning documents (actual and fabricated) associated with UFO research.

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  4 comments for “Even Presidents get curious about UFOs

  1. April 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Bill Clinton (and many others) do not appear to have thought too deeply about this subject. As there are likely to be trillions of trillions of planets (there are many billions in our galaxy, which is only one of billions of galaxies), it would be ridiculous to think that the Earth is the only one with intelligent life. Currently scientists consider that about 6% of all planets are suitable for life to evolve.

    However the chance of visits is almost nil. The distances are just too great for travel by any life forms – as we understand them.

  2. Chemical
    April 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Though I’d agree with Mr. Clinton that it’s very likely that we are not alone in the galaxy, I agree with Michael in that the chance for alien visitation is nearly nonexistent, but for different reasons. It’s certainly possible with advanced technology an alien could solve the distance problem.

    First, even if 6% of planets are in the goldilocks zone (can sustain life for long enough that it can evolve), it may not be likely that evolution on alien worlds would produce intelligent life capable of space travel. Earth suffered 5 mass extinction events in its past, and evolution teaches us that these events gave our distant ancestors the niche to survive. Take out one of these events and humanity (or any other intelligent life) may have never evolved on Earth. So planets harboring aliens with technology rivalling or exceding our own may be extremely rare.

    More importantly, I believe that we haven’t been visited by aliens not because the the distances involved are too great, but because there isn’t a compelling reason to do so. Put yourself in the aliens’ shoes. Likely you know that our sun is there and it has 8 planets orbiting it. Maybe 2 are in the habitable zone, but there is nothing the planets are doing to suggest that anyone is intelligent on those worlds. None of the radio or TV signals we’ve sent into space since we started broadcasting are strong enough to be picked up reliably by an alien civilization light years away. And Voyager isn’t getting there for a few millenia.

  3. WMcCreery
    April 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Why can’t UFOs be drones crewed by robots?

  4. April 5, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    Possible WMcCreery, to bring back information for distant future generations? Yet, maybe, aliens have perfected near eternal life to overcome the distance problems (for the nearer ones). After all, we ourselves are moving to the first stage of that possibility.

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