Now Comes Eric Weinstein: ‘Some folks are reaching out’ about UAPs
ick West’s UFO “conspiracy spectrum” presumably includes the supposition, accusation, claim, etc., that the government knows more about UFOs than they’ve let on and have covertly engaged select members of the scientific community in their internal discussions and hand-wringing.
That this is, in fact, a fact, was highlighted once again this week when the Harvard-educated mathematician Eric Weinstein acknowledged that he and fellow podcaster Sam Harris were contacted last year (by someone in or close to the government, although he is vague on this point) about preparing the public for a paradigm shift: That UFOs are “real,” whatever that means.
Even if all that means is an actual scientific anomaly, a phenomenon distinguished by genuinely inexplicable, ontologically real weirdness, that’s the sort of game-changer you’d think would give UFO skeptics pause.
To his credit, Weinstein did pause last summer, long enough to issue a public apology to UFO “believers” he’d previously dismissed as nutty. Now he’s with the Galileo Project, a group of some 50 scientists from around the world who are — much to the chagrin of skeptics — actively searching for UFOs. In the same vein, it’s worth recalling that prior to studying the phenomenon, Luis Elizondo has said he’d never given UFOs much thought.
And now, a Congressional hearing on UAPs! On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that a House subcommittee will hold a public hearing next week on the UFO phenomenon, with both Ronald S. Moultrie, the under secretary of defense for intelligence and security, and Scott W. Bray, the deputy director of naval intelligence, scheduled to testify.
Shortly after the story was published, Indiana Congressmen André Carson said on Twitter that he would preside over the hearing. Between that and the Times story, #UFOs trended on Twitter for virtually the rest of the week.
It was in that context that Weinstein issued a Twitter announcement of his own, alluding to something that happened last year that we reported here.
In the weeks leading up to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s public report on UAPs, Harris — a neuroscientist and philosopher who hosts the Making Sense podcast — said on three different occasions that someone (presumably in the federal government) had privately contacted him and others in his intellectual orbit to advise that they wrap their heads around the reality of UFOs and consider how they might help the public do the same.