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Peter Jennings' UFO Program

  1. Feb 4, 2005 #1
    ABC press release:
    "Peter Jennings Reporting: UFO's: Life In The Universe - Thursday,
    February 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) -- Each year there are
    thousands of reports of unidentified flying objects, but the
    U.S. government doesn't investgate any of them. This special
    program will seriously examine the unexplained phenomena around
    the world that so many people believe is proof of the existence
    of UFOs."

    usual suspects been interviewed-stayed tuned!
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  3. Feb 4, 2005 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Long time no see.
  4. Feb 4, 2005 #3
    Why don't this so-called UFO's or supposed alien beings physically show up and send a clear message to mere mortals? would this somehow break a pattern of universal or scientific law? so far I only keep seeing grainy footage.
  5. Feb 4, 2005 #4

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    It is much richer and more complicated than that - "grainy images" - and how can we possibly know what agenda an ET would have? Also, allegedly, they do make themselves known beyond any doubt. Most of us choose not to believe such stories.
  6. Feb 4, 2005 #5
    Oh that's easy. They're going to observe us for a while then take over the world :biggrin:

    /goes back to reading sci-fi
  7. Feb 4, 2005 #6


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    Fortunately, the mineral and bio rights to planet 1011101-011001010010-011 [earth] is hotly contested by several different alien factions. Anyhow, that's one of the more.. interesting.. ideas. Seriously though, any civilization far enough advanced to travel at will among the stars would have no apparent need to conquer primitive societies like ours. The only possibly unique resource would be DNA. You would think samples could be easily collected without disturbing any native sentients. There are plenty of good reasons a society with millions of years of history would be reluctant to disturb one that is only a few thousand or so years old. Even at our tender young age, we have a pretty good idea what happens when primitive societies are exposed to advanced societies.
  8. Feb 4, 2005 #7

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    We could even be inconsequential. They may find blue-green algae more interesting. :biggrin:

    ETs travel guide to Earth [translated]:"They have some rather uninteresting hominids; most are covered with hair but one is mostly hairless. The latter possesses a few primitive technologies, dominates the planet briefly, but goes extinct within a few centuries. This makes the planet a little more interesting so you may want to consider a temporal jump as well. Nonetheless, about 70% of the planet is covered with water which makes the trip worth the 0.15 grams of exotic matter. There is no end of fascinating marine life.

    Special note: Stay clear of cities due to the local air traffic. Also, watch out for weather balloons. We all remember the unfortunate incident at Roswell."
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  9. Feb 7, 2005 #8

    "Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs "Seeing Is

    "For decades there have been sightings of UFOs by millions and
    millions of people. It is a mystery that only science can solve,
    and yet the phenomenon remains largely unexamined. Most of the
    reporting on this subject by the mainstream media holds those
    who claim to have seen UFOs up to ridicule."

    "As a journalist," says Jennings, "I began this project with a healthy
    dose of skepticism and as open a mind as possible. After almost
    150 interviews with scientists, investigators, and with many of
    those who claim to have witnessed unidentified flying objects,
    there are important questions that have not been completely
    answered, and a great deal not fully explained."

    "Among the UFO cases presented:
    Minot Air Force Base, N.D., October 1968 Sixteen airmen on the
    ground and the crew of an airborne B-52 witness a massive
    unidentified object hovering near the base."

    (continues-worth reading)

    Seeing is Believing....

    what's to be expected?-nothing "new"- and wasted time with Roswell,
    MJ-12 and abductions....ugh

    ABC's got enough bucks to actually 'investigate'-but it looks like
    another same old same old....150 interviews and Maccabee wasn't!

    What would i like to see-just interviews with those who had 'sightings' reported in Blue Book-it's almost too late....but even more,interview
    the "UFO Working Group"(Col.Harold E. Phillips,DIA)and let Howard Blum
    take control with complete freedom to let 'em talk from Congress!What happened to these guys?-still going strong in 1990...

    Guess we'll be inundated with UFOs after this broadcast-as the skeptics predict.
  10. Feb 7, 2005 #9

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    It will be interesting to see how this is presented.
  11. Feb 21, 2005 #10
    (Jennings) believes UFOs: Seeing Is Believing (7-9 p.m., Channel 13) is
    going to be "stunning."

    "Some people in the UFO community were a little bit surprised
    that we were going to do it," he said. "What we've done here is
    take both the established and UFO communities seriously. They
    don't often converge, but they do on occasion."

    More than 150 "serious and thoughtful people" are interviewed
    for the special, Jennings said, though he admitted, "That
    doesn't mean there are no kooks.

    "However skeptical we begin, you come to the end of this
    believing people should have taken it more seriously (in the
    beginning). You certainly wish that of government. The
    government intention has been to dismiss the notion of UFOs. It
    creates a disconnect between the public and government

    Source: The Houston Chronicle



    number of articles on Jennings -like he's 'on tour'-Seattle,Boulder,Houston.
    good to hear IMO that Dr. John Mack's
    interview was 'cut'-more time for Minot i hope!

    'best' article here:
    Jennings Explores ABCs Of UFOs
    Source: The Washington Post


    By Kathy Blumenstock
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, February 20, 2005; Page Y06

    "More than 80 million Americans believe intelligent beings from
    somewhere else have come here," he said. "Forty million believe
    they have seen UFOs, so this is of deep interest to people."

    "Like Jennings, Yellin (Executive producer) initially had reservations about devoting a program to UFOs. "I thought it was all a bunch of baloney.
    Even though it has public appeal, you don't want to do something
    that subjects you to ridicule just to get a rating."

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  12. Feb 21, 2005 #11
    Art Bell will be featured briefly.
  13. Feb 24, 2005 #12
    ya know what, Jennings has just 'stunningly'
    buried any further open minded consideration of this
    subject-a brilliant job of 'debunking' imho-for anyone
    just introduced to the subject, not much to go on
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  14. Feb 25, 2005 #13


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    I watched it, and I was very impressed. Jennings did an outstanding job. It was balanced and objective. I found it very open minded. And he was entirely correct in pointing out the lack of physical evidence - conspiracy theories aside.
  15. Feb 25, 2005 #14
    What was the conclusion of the show? Do UFOs exist or not?
  16. Feb 25, 2005 #15


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    Well, I saw it and I came away with something useful: Seth Shoustak and Jill Tarter (of SETI) exuded, in my opinion, a rare form of enthusiasm that I am humbled by and for that reason I think I've changed my harsh opinion about the SETI effort: I am comforted by that now: Laissez-faire.
  17. Feb 26, 2005 #16
    pop-cornball-piss poor....

    and not saying there is an 'agenda' here-
    yet consider NYT commentary 'intake' ....

    as Kaku sez: only takes 1
    afriad the 'many' were not mentioned-
    and the 3 were 'buried' in a mass of ....

    of course i realize .... ABC ratings-80 million-
    sweeps week

    note : Jennings actualy didn't 'interview' anyone.
    Why does he think this is "stunning"?

    My response is as if i'd never heard of this subject.

    I've read these 'shows' are designed for 13 yo.
    and that makes sense....
    If i were 13 now i might 'look into it'.

    1952 'sightings' over DC= hysteria!

    well, now we have 'mass medication'-
    80 million 'medicated' Americans 'believers'.....

    let's check the 'statistics'!-is there a correlation between 'believers' and the 'medicated?

    think about this:
    "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

    "There may be intelligent life in space or not.
    Either thought is frightening."

    but you know who said it....

    Why is it "frightening"?
    not for me personaly, but i absolutly "fear" for 'humanity'.
    i wouldn't 'tell'!

    I'm serious. This 'world' could not handle 'this truth'!

    If this IS 'true'==think about it!....

    'Believe' what you want-they don't 'teach' Santa Claus in school!
    know what i'm sayin'?

    I don't expect Jennings to 'conclude' anything;
    but will any one 'investigate'?

    Maybe CSI, or the X Files...ha!

    if you paid attention, these are the highlights:
    Minot, St. Claire, Hynek, and the Phonenix Lights
    (which are 2 disctinct 'sightings/events')-not much to go on....

    Bud Hopkins?-let's jus say 'being probed is believing'!

    sorry, too cheezy for me....
  18. Feb 26, 2005 #17
    I honestly believe there is no amount of evidence that would ever convince people en masse that aliens exist.
    Apart from maybe a war of the worlds style invasion, in which case people would probably be forced to cast doubt aside and accept the reality of the situation...
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    I agree with Overdose. There is no amount of the kind of evidence to date that will convince the masses. But an alien invasion would not be necessary. A televised landing on the white house lawn would suffice for me. I don't see your point, mouseonmoon. It appears you think the presentation was biased. I did not get that impression. The evidence, not reporting, looks more like the popcorn ball.
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    Roswell, New Mexico, in July of 1947 'flying saucer' crashed.
    December 1947 - transistor unveiled by Bell Labs.

    i love conspiracies :biggrin:
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  21. Feb 27, 2005 #20
    This is what some guy called 'Whitley Strieber' wrote on his website(apparently hes been abducted, wrote books about it and is some kind of expert and Jennings interviewed him for the show):

    More can be read here:


    From what i personally have read about the UFO subject, those 5 points mentioned above are valid.
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