July 2022 Meetup: Aliens and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

For this meetup, we’ll be discussing Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (AKA UFOs) such as those observed by the US military. There’s a range of topics we can touch on, including conspiracy theories, Bayesian priors for aliens, and the non-alien, non-conspiracy explanations for UAP/UFOs.

We have a few different resources related to UAP (thanks Le!) and aliens. First, on the issue of priors for intelligent aliens: “An objective Bayesian analysis of life’s early start and our late arrival”: https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1921655117

Second, if you’d like a concrete theory to evaluate, consider: https://www.uaptheory.com/

Third, someone makes a summary of the some of news and evidence regarding UAP: https://www.reddit.com/r/TheMotte/comments/nvy4ys/a_primer_on_ufos/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

Finally, there are several short videos which touch on various aspects of the issue:

Ex-UFO Program Chief on CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2b4qSoMnKE Congressional Hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx4x2L0TKGc Naval pilots describe UFOs on 60 Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBtMbBPzqHY Navy chief on CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azZ4XAZuVk4 Researcher Robert Hastings on CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKcTxwvzv8M The 1950 North Atlantic Unknown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYCmYMOlwIs Chris Lehto and Mick West discuss UFOs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neTfX9Jx5AY

Also, note that we have a calendar for events now:

General: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=info%40chicagorationality.com&ctz=America%2FChicagoiCal (e.g for iOS): https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/info%40chicagorationality.com/public/basic.ics

Please feel free to come to the meetup, even if you don’t do any (or only some) of the suggested reading. These are just starting points to get the discussion going and are by no means required.

We will be meeting here at 2pm on Saturday, 7/9: South Loop Strength & Conditioning – upstairs in the mezzanine
645 S Clark Chicago IL 60605