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This month, the Pentagon’s Task Force publishes a long-awaited report that delves into topics that would normally be driven by science fiction movies and tabloid magazines: unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

This is a nostalgic theme for Carol Cleland, a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. When she was a girl raised in Arizona, Clerand was fascinated by UFO reports and cut them from newspapers and magazines and kept them in scrapbooks.

Clerand quit his UFO hobby long ago, but she’s still devoted to exploring extraterrestrial life. She has been with scientists in the field of astrobiology for decades, laying the foundation for humans to find living (mostly microbial) organisms in places such as Mars and the ice satellites Europa and Enceladus. Has also worked. Clerand is currently an affiliate of the California-based Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and directs the Center for Origin Research at CU Boulder.

How is her recent job Scientific discovery Throughout history, we have relied on anomalies, or phenomena that “shouldn’t be there,” or phenomena that researchers cannot explain in terms of the current understanding of the world.

Cleland sat down with CU Boulder Today to discuss future UFO reports and why scientists should take strange and mysterious observations seriously.

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