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Derrick Pitts Supports Leslie Kean

From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:14:44 +0200
Archived: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:09:49 -0400
Subject: Derrick Pitts Supports Leslie Kean

Source: The Phiily Post



E.T., Phone Derrick Pitts

With his new stance on UFOs, the Franklin Institute astronomer
would be happy to take your call

By Steve Volk

Franklin Institute astronomer Derrick Pitts is one of this
country's leading scientific stars. He's been named one of the
Top 50 African-American research scientists, and he's a media
force, having appeared on MSNBC, The Colbert Report and The Late
Late Show With Craig Ferguson and hosted his own local weekly
radio show on WHYY. So why, exactly, is he endorsing a book that
is, well, pro-UFO?

Science is looking for ET in microbes these days-not via strange
lights in the sky. But Pitts says the book UFOs: Generals,
Pilots And Government Officials Go On The Record by Leslie Kean,
pointed out to him by a colleague, motivated him to adopt a more
curious viewpoint. "I had the view, too, that UFOs were seen by
hicks," he admits. "But in this book you had really credible
people reporting these experiences, and while I have no hard
data to say what they report is an absolutely true experience, I
came to think the stigma surrounding the subject is

For the record, what Pitts endorses is the "unidentified" aspect
of an unidentified flying object. "I have never seen a UFO
myself," he says, "and I am not saying that UFOs are ET
spacecraft. I am saying [that] here, there is some mystery, and
we should be able to address it scientifically, without all the
stigma involved."

Pitts's endorsement will run on the paperback edition, which
comes out in August, and he knows the stigma surrounding those
three letters "UFO" could taint him in the eyes of some. Just
saying there's something worth looking at is usually regarded as
verboten. "I don't really care," he says. "Because that's not
real science. The scientific viewpoint is to admit when we don't
know something and look for answers."

This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue of
Philadelphia magazine.

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