A member of the audience started a confrontation on notion that the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was involved in a cover-up of the reality about the presence of extraterrestrial on planet Earth. On Monday night of October 27, 2014, SETI scientist Dr. Jill gave a lecture in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Paramount Theater when the uncomfortable moment took place.
The audience member asked Dr. Tarter about the proposition that SETI is an agent of disinformation by disregarding several factual evidence of contact that is staring humanity in the face at every hand throughout time, across space.
Tarter responded that the data provided to her as the board of the Center for Inquiry reveals that this potential evidence of this kind of contact did not stand up to the scrutiny of quality that a scientist is looking in evidence that requires validation. She pointed out what Carl Sagan has said: “extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.” She further said that the evidence does not justify the claims of contact that the audience member has stated.
SETI and the UFO community have a longstanding disagreements about speculation on extraterrestrial life. But the two sides also agree in the possibility that mankind is not alone in the universe.
The lecture was attended not only by people who are on the side of SETI, but also people like Richard Lang who also accused SETI of a cover-up. Lang is one of founders of rapid investigative team for alleged UFO sightings called Star Team effort, which is organized by MUFON. After the presentation, Lang agreed to the statement of the person who accused SETI of cover up.
What do you think about these accusations?