What people get wrong when talking about UFOs

If you are reluctant to believe the latest round of media claims that alien spacecraft are lurking around our airspace and surprising Navy pilots, well, you are not alone.

The New York Times leaned towards aliens as the reason United States Navy pilots have seen unexplained flying objects, and the Washington Post made a similar case in its news coverage followed by a guest editorial: "UFOs exist and everyone needs to adjust to that fact." Others followed suit. Congress is getting classified briefings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2019, with the headline 'What people get wrong when talking about UFOs'. Subscribe