UFOs Are Real - Dr Michio Kaku
In a way it's beside the point. It doesn't matter what anyone's opinion on that is. It matters what was actually said by Michio Kaku and whether it can support a particular theory of UFO's.
There really isn't anything new or different in Kaku's book review. This is not disclosure. This is personal opinion by a scientist outside of his specialization. As such, taking it as the holy grail, as the gospel truth, is falling into the trap of argument from authority.
He has no authority to say that UFO's are from a biological extrasolar civilization, because he doesn't express direct knowledge and therefore he doesn't know any more about it than we do. He does have the authority, as a physicist, to speculate on what new physics and technology will be possible a thousand years in the future, or a million years in the future.
That speculation is not, in itself physics. It is one step away from hard SF. In fact, that is the point of his show. I liked the one dealing with light sabers, after all I've taken both fencing and aikido and enjoy swordplay and defense techniques when faced with swords.
I did live action role playing until my late 30's and can attest that wearing real chainmail on a hot summers day in Texas while hitting people with mock swords gave me an appreciation of what combat was like in earlier centuries.
None of that live action role playing made me an authority on medieval warfare and though I read many renaissance era fencing manuals and read primary accounts of melees in the 16th and 17th centuries, I was no Bonnetti. Maybe I was a Falstaff? I still drink enough imported English ale!
The point is, we can develop an interest and expertise in a field as a hobby in addition to our work, but that does not make us an authority. Scholars study the things we believe we are authorities on.
The first question I'd ask those who believe Michio Kaku's book review (and I will get this book in Sept) proves the ETH is this: How can it? Kaku's discussed, in "Parallel Worlds" how intelligence in our universe could escape the death of this universe billions of years in the future. How can we assume that another intelligence could not escape it's universe and end up in the here and now? Could such entities end up bedeviling us with oddities that seem to point to EBE's from our neck of the woods, but actually points to something far stranger?
Michio Kaku isn't really the Sagan of this generation but then Sagan was over rated in my book. He's a physicist who might very well feel that his specialization isn't making much progress, so he's contributing to the public's knowledge of physics.
Keep in mind that the public's interested in entertainment, even when the subject is as complex as science. Kaku's done a good job making science entertaining, but does the public really learn anything?
Much of Ufology is entertainment as well. Vallee is the scientist who comes closest to studying the phenomenon objectively, but he isn't making any progress either. Friedman is trained in science, but does his Masters make him a scientist of Kaku or Vallee's caliber? When Michio Kaku gets funding at his university to study UFO's then I'll take his views on the subject more seriously and await his report. So far, there are few reports from science on a subject that's mostly been folklore to begin with.
Much of the progress in Ufology didn't require scientists, but it required an investigative attitude that scientists simply were not trained in. Scientists investigate natural phenomena that repeats and is amenable to controlled observation. UFO's may seem to repeat, but we can't control when or where they are observed.
Even more, UFO occupant encounters by usually a single awake human being, and personal abduction reports, often based on questionable hypnotic regression that describes an opening sleep like state, are not amenable to controlled observation.
I don't doubt biological beings in other star systems. I doubt that UFO's, even the seemingly metallic UFO's, are flown by EBE's (if they are flown at all). Let me paraphrase and update Keel:The UFO phenomenon does not need aerospace engineers, physicists and generals. It needs exorcists, folklorists and Forteans.
All we have now are stories. The burden of proof of the ETH crowd is not to show that physicists believe we may someday fly to the stars with new physics in a thousand years or more. The burden of proof of the ETH crowd is not to show that the trace physical evidence is caused by an EBE in a physical space craft. The burden of proof of the ETH crowd is to show that their stories are not part of the transmogrification of world folklore.