Wanted: A Science of UFOs | Alexander Wendt | TEDxColumbus

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If any UFOs proved to be extra-terrestrial it would be one of the
most important events in human history. Yet there has long been a taboo in modern society on taking UFOs seriously, which has blocked any systematic science to try to determine what they are. Skeptics will say that is because UFOs do not exist, but the US Navy has recently confirmed that they do, and is making an official policy change to reflect this fact, from ignoring its pilots’ UFO encounters to requiring them to file reports. Yet even with the Navy’s revelation,
the UFO taboo remains so strong that the scientific community continues to show no interest in whether or not UFOs are ETs. In this talk Alexander Wendt argues that the UFO taboo is incoherent and unjustified, and proposes a crowd-funded science of UFOs as a way of beginning to learn more about these elusive phenomena. Alexander Wendt received his Ph.D. in political science from the
University of Minnesota in 1989. He subsequently taught at Yale, Dartmouth, and the University of Chicago before moving to The Ohio State University in 2004. His research interests center on international relations, where he is one of the most cited scholars in the field, and the philosophy of social science. He is the author of two books, Social Theory of International Politics (Cambridge, 1999), which won the “Best Book of the Decade” award from the International Studies Association in 2006; and Quantum Mind and Social Science (Cambridge, 2015), which hasn’t won anything yet. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


33 Comments on “Wanted: A Science of UFOs | Alexander Wendt | TEDxColumbus”

  1. It is already known. We are just lied to about it.

    It isn't that difficult to figure out. 🤷‍♀️

  2. We aren't alone and never have been ..
    We are just conditioned by how society is owned in odd pockets to not see what is other wise right in front of our faces.

    And if you point that out you are marginalized just like the concepts of ufos and aliens.

    They have been reported globally since ancient times and media. ..learning institutions..religion and politics and parts of government have just lied about it in weird ways in how large groups in society are puppet master style owned.

    So to call it science if it can't objectively study something isn't really science.

    It's a fancy form of propaganda. So ironically religious people and people that think they are following science. .
    Are getting duped in different way by the same larger concept. Imo.

    I think society is just owned in weird ways by something more intelligent than humans.

    I just want to stop being lied to and co exist ✌🌈✨

  3. If you look at what is flagged. Removed. Marginalized. Etc.

    And what is pushed in society.

    It is clear that society is oddly owned and has a weird agenda.

    Which isn't very scientific. It is propaganda. And I just want to stop being lied to and co exist ✌🌈✨

  4. All these decades of claims being made, and yet we have no proof of alien visitors. Countless cell phones and cameras around the world, still no proof. And people are trying to pretend that the reason we have no proof is because scientific inquiry is being stifled. This is intellectually dishonest… A planet with billions of people and recording devices don’t need a scientific inquiry to confirm that something in existence actually exists. Wishful thinking is powerful and is what is fueling the continuous hysterical claims of alien visits.

  5. To anyone watching this, the ufo's he shows have been explained. Youtube channels like Thunderfoot and Mick West reveal the mundane origins of such "phenomena".

  6. He's not kidding when he says that he has a serious reputation in his field. This guy is one of the big ones in International Relations studies. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read his name in combination with the UFO term

  7. 1 June 21. Govt now is getting interested in this subject. Finally !! Pilots have seen them every day.

  8. It seems obvious to me that governments are studying them under the guise of national Security and Defence, so that such research can be reasonably classified.

  9. If life can start on Earth, why cant it start on other similar planets?. The you-tube video, 'From stardust to Bacteria: The origin of life', explains how this is possible.

  10. What do you mean UFO's might be real???? There is so much evidence they are real it is incredulous that any human being can question E.T. existence!!!

  11. I love how scientists believe that UFO's aren't real because you can't break the laws of physics, like wow it's almost like we don't know every detail of how the universe works funny that, almost like there are times in scientific history where we realise we know much less than what we thought.

  12. Whoever says that UFO does not exist is lying.
    It's like saying Unknown does not exist.
    Alien is a different question. But we must investigate all unknowns.

  13. I think he's correct… it's all about fear of the unknown. It's like people laughing at people who get injured or killed in a video…why did you laugh? ..because it's horrible and the only emotion you can express is humor to cover the fear and shock? Why do we laugh at these things? Because the truth may be too scary? Look at the people who laughed at the "Independence Day" joke… why did they laugh? Because it's a scary thought. People joke that aliens haven't killed us off yet so they're good. Seriously? Maybe these ones just got here… oooh there's a thought. This topic is ridiculed because we fear the possibility of something else out there being more advanced or better than us. Also imagine if the US Government knows these are actually other earth terrestrial beings that are superior to us… Ready to share the Earth?

  14. Where does this guy think the missing two trillion went? Its all dark money and part of the secret space program we have had since ww2.the space Force is not new , its just that they are admitting to it now.

  15. Excellent speech, and with the recent admission by the Pentagon that UFO's (or UAP's as the military calls them) are real, and the imminent Pentagon report due this month, this talk seems timely and prescient.

  16. Doctor Wendt doesn't know where reality ends and his novels start.Straightup comes out and says that Roswell was an alien craft crash with zero historical evidence.

  17. Why only 12 measly minutes? This should’ve been the whole lecture???????

  18. Feb 5, 2020. Oh boy, this talk has really aged well! I guess Ted flagging this video has not.

  19. For the longest time, it seemed that TED Talks were part of the taboo problem. When I trued to find talks on UFOs and related topics here, all I found was some skeptic dismissing the idea, who had clearly done no research. I hope that TED will now include more speakers on this important topic. There is a wealth of fascinating information.

  20. Humans are idiots. I mean we actually didn’t evolve that much or learned anything with our past. Example: look at Galileo Galilei just got killed cuz he believed that the earth was round cuz the old “scientists” didn’t accept something different laughing at him, ridiculed him and after years he was right.

    Lesson: there will be Always idiots in this world no matter what year.

  21. Why are they here? We split the atom. Built hydrogen bombs. Put people on the moon. Put helicopters on Mars. I dunno. Why are they here?

  22. No one told him yet? Nobody investigates UFO's because if you get close to finding out the truth you get ABDUCTED!

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