VACCINES AND EXPERTS

Are you vaccine hesitant? That’s okay. But kitchen table ‘research’ is no substitute for listening to a genuine expert in virology

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You’re expecting this story to have something to do with vaccinations, and it actually does, but first I want to tell you a little about William Shakespeare …

My first encounter with Shakespeare’s plays was as a senior in high school when I was cast as Antipholus of Epheseus in…


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. …


Inside Outside

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. …


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…


Inside the UFO Echo Chamber

Lue Elizondo’s latest round with Canadian podcaster Curt Jaimungal about UFOs deserves a global audience. Why are the most extraordinary and arguably important conversations on the planet confined to Podcastland?

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere: Since his appearance on 60 Minutes last spring, former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo has become an interview machine. But is he only expanding the conversation with people who already agree with him?

FORMER PENTAGON OFFICIAL LUIS ELIZONDO continued his dance on the pin of his Non-Disclosure Agreement this week and dropped several bombshells, with Curt Jaimungal on his Theories of Everything podcast and also on Thomas Fessler’s Disclosure Tonight show on YouTube.

With Jaimungal, Elizondo carefully hinted that “potentially” the U.S. government…


Twilight of the Skeptics, Part IV

A skeptic’s indignant charge that a New Yorker story about the Pentagon and UFOs is ‘absurdly credulous’ is a textbook example of confirmation bias in action.

This is the fourth article in an occasional series Trail of the Saucers is publishing this fall looking at Skeptical Inquirer magazine’s September/October issue, which challenges the “credulity” of mainstream media coverage of UFOs and extols the virtues of “skepticism” in looking at the phenomenon. — The Editors

Our first…


Twilight of the Skeptics, Part III

It’s Debunking 101. When all else fails and the facts fall in uncomfortable places, ignore the research because the researchers are ‘Pro-UFO.’

This is the third article in an occasional series Trail of the Saucers is publishing this fall looking at Skeptical Inquirer magazine’s latest round of finger-wagging at those who dare entertain the hypothesis that non-human intelligence might be behind the UFO phenomenon. — The Editors (Bryce Zabel, David Bates)

Skeptical…


Twilight of the Skeptics, Part II

When Skeptical Inquirer’s Robert Sheaffer tries to debunk a pesky UAP sighting with a ridiculous scientific theory of his own, it doesn’t go well.

This is the second article in an occasional series Trail of the Saucers is publishing this fall about Skeptical Inquirer magazine’s latest fusilade against anyone who dares entertain the hypothesis that non-human intelligence might be behind the UFO phenomenon. — The Editors

Skeptical Inquirer, the “magazine for science and reason,”…


Twilight of the Skeptics, Part I

Skeptical Inquirer ‘debunker’ Robert Sheaffer uses obfuscation and omission to dismiss an exhaustively documented UFO case.

This is the first article in an occasional series Trail of the Saucers will publish this fall looking at Skeptical Inquirer magazine’s latest fusilade against anyone who dares entertain the hypothesis that non-human intelligence might be behind the UFO phenomenon. — The Editors

Skeptical Inquirer, the “magazine for science and…


Showtime!

Members of Congress are reportedly ‘gobsmacked’ at 40 minutes of U.S. Navy footage. Why not let the public see ‘the good stuff,’ not just the grainy dots and specks?

This is not an image from classified government UAP footage. It sprung from the imagination of British artist Colin Price, who created a rendition that gives one an idea of what “the good stuff” seen by members of Congress and the National Security Council might look like on screen. Imagine how the global conversation about UFOs would change if footage showing this degree of scale, clarity and sheer UFO woo were made public. [Image used with permission]

After Congress was briefed on the classified portion of the Pentagon’s UAP report in June, D.C. power player and scientist Robert McGwier participated in a panel discussion on the Canadian UFO and paranormal radio program Spaced Out Radio and said he’d heard from an acquaintance in the closed-door session.

The…

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