Adam Frank, professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester, in a column for The New York Times:
There are also common-sense objections. If we are being frequently
visited by aliens, why don’t they just land on the White House
lawn and announce themselves? There is a recurring narrative,
perhaps best exemplified by the TV show The X-Files, that these
creatures have some mysterious reason to remain hidden from us.
But if the mission of these aliens calls for stealth, they seem
surprisingly incompetent. You would think that creatures
technologically capable of traversing the mind-boggling distances
between the stars would also know how to turn off their high beams
at night and to elude our primitive infrared cameras.
Exactly. It makes no sense that an alien civilization with the technology for faster-than-light space travel would lack the ability to remain hidden from us, if they so chose. (Same argument goes 100× for any claims that alien ships ever crashed on Earth.)
★ Monday, 31 May 2021