Movie exaggerations of paranormal abilities make …
Movie exaggerations of paranormal abilities make scientific studies a hard sell -- Part 3
Travis Taylor is well known as one of the principal scientific investigators on the History Channel program The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch. He describes the scope and intentions of the investigation, various UFOs and other phenomena he has personally witnessed, along with the validity of a spooky "hitchhiker effect."
Dr. Travis Taylor's scientific credentials are impressive, which helps explain why he was chosen by the Pentagon to act as chief scientist for the UAP Task Force, formally created by Congress to fully investigate military encounters with advanced, unknown aircraft and objects.
Thanks to his appearances on popular television programs, Dr. Travis Taylor is one of the world's best-known UFO hunters, including "Ancient Aliens" and "The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch." But Taylor is not a true believer. He was brought in as a consultant to both programs because of his rigorous, skeptical nature. It is possible, he says, to pursue the unknown, even the paranormal, and still adhere to the scientific method.
Per CBS News, a House panel has held the first public congressional hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) in more than half a century on Tuesday (5/17), with top Pentagon officials detailing the U.S. military's efforts to identify hundreds of objects reported by pilots and service members.
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray testified before a House subcommittee about how the Defense Department is organizing reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) — the military's term for UFOs — after a congressionally mandated report released last year found most of the incidents analyzed remain unidentified.
Investigators were able to identify one of the 144 reports analyzed in their study of unidentified objects "as a large, deflating balloon." But the other 143 reports of UAP from 2004 to 2021 remain a mystery.
Bray showed lawmakers a video of one UAP observed by a Navy pilot in 2021, a "spherical object" that "quickly passes by the cockpit of the aircraft."
Nevada aviator John Lear’s death Tuesday night has sent ripples through the worlds of aviation and conspiracy theories. Lear was widely known for his claims about UFOs and Area 51, but also for a lifetime of daring exploits in everything that could fly. George Knapp has the report.