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The famed neuroscientist and prolific author has stated in three podcasts, including his own, that the government wants his help breaking UAP truth to the public

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher and public intellectual who has authored numerous books and is the host of the Making Sense podcast.

In recent weeks, the author and podcaster Sam Harris, in no fewer than three separate podcasts, has stated repeatedly and unambiguously that someone in or with connections to the U.S. government has personally reached out to him so that he can begin to wrap his brain around the fact that UFOs represent a non-human intelligence and think about how he might help prepare the public for that disclosure.

In more than thirty years as a working journalist, that’s not a sentence that I ever expected to write or even thought was within the realm of possibility, but here we are.

Think Different

It’s fun to imagine aliens making a dramatic Washington D.C. entrance. Asking why they don’t highlights a problem in the way we think about extraterrestrials.

Not even in 20th Century Fox’s 1951 science fiction classic ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still,’ directed by Robert Wise, did the alien make it to the White House lawn; he opted instead for the National Mall.

On Sunday, The New York Times published a guest essay online by Dr. Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester who is active in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Declaring himself to be unimpressed by the UFO phenomenon, Dr. Frank asks rhetorically:

“If we are being frequently visited by aliens, why don’t they just land on the White House lawn?”

That they have not done so is one of his “common-sense objections” to the theory that extraterrestrials are behind those pesky Tic Tacs and flying pyramids.

Let’s unpack this, the UFO/White House Lawn Gambit —…

Alien Disclosure?

In a sobering reply to a podcaster’s question, Lue Elizondo, the former AATIP head, appears to confirm the ET hypothesis in an interview live-streamed by a Canadian filmmaker on YouTube.

In a Canadian filmmaker’s podcast aired live Tuesday, the former head of the now defunct Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, Luis Elizondo, seemed to confirm that extraterrestrials — or some unknown non-human intelligence or life form — are the source of what the English-speaking world calls UFOs.

His extraordinary remarks, which represented a striking shift in tone from what had been a lively, free-wheeling conversation with host Curt Jaimungal, were made toward the end of the podcast Theories of Everything. The program was live-streamed on YouTube at noon Eastern time, Tuesday, June 22.

Elizondo is a former U.S. Army Counterintelligence…

The famed Chicago film journalist represented the comfortable cohabitation of the Geek with the Intellectual

I’ve been thinking about Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times who passed away in 2013. Settling into my still-early fifties inspires reflection on influences, and his go back to the late 1970s, when U.S. cinema was turning the corner from the occasionally thoughtful and subversive to basically the genesis of what we have now: spectacle and artifice.

Ebert and my love and appreciation for film are so inextricably bound up that I cannot think about one without the other. When great actor passes away — a Robert Mitchum or a Paul Newman — we remember…

David Bates


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