What? UFOs from the Pleiades?

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Sounds interesting, however, aside from the fact that you have to believe in UFOs without any supporting scientific evidence, there is another problem: the Pleiades star cluster is not precisely the most likely place where life would grow and evolve.

The Pleiades star cluster is located in the Taurus constellation at about 440 light years from Earth. It contains mostly B stars, which are pretty hot ones, several times more than our own. Stars are being formed now in the cluster, and are mostly no more than 100 million years old - our sun is more than 5.000 million years old. Calculations indicate that the Pleiades cluster will be dismembered or dissolved by gravitational forces in about 250 million years.

There are stories that tell that UFOs with humans - the Pleiadians or Pleiadans - from this region of space have come to our planet, yet, there is no confirmed evidence of that and there are several caveats to that notion.

The stars found at this cluster are too young to have produced planets, yet alone to produce life or to have those planets evolve to a point in which they could harbour life, not to mention that it is extremely coincidental to find humans there without any further - and demonstrable - explanation. Starts systems in the Pleiades are almost in all cases simply unable to contain planets capable of sustaining life because that cluster is a star nursery, meaning that there stars are being produced, born or whatever you choose to call it. Planets need more time to accrete, gravitational speaking than the whole life of all those stars so far. Exobiologists - scientists who do think that there is life out there, it is worth remembering - don't look for anything in places such as a star nursery due to the low odds of finding anything valuable. Life and later civilizations would likely arise in middle-aged, main-sequence stars like our own G2V sun.

So far, no exoplanets capable of sustaining life have been found there, and it is also worth commenting that this has nothing to do with technological limitations: Exoplanets have been found even at tens of thousands of light years from home, and hundreds have already been confirmed. So, either the Pleiadians come from another place or they simply do not exist, unless it is demonstrated that somehow, being so similar to humans that they should shares most biochemical limitations, they could live in an environment so hostile as a star nursery. So far, no one speaking about these Pleiadians ever explained that.

Believers in ufology often say that science is a lie but have they demonstrated that? All science is a lie? Based on what? This is a persuasive argument but inconsistent as a piece of reasoning because it is based in a logical fallacy known as "ad verecundiam": discrediting an opponent without proof is just that. There is, indeed, no proof of that and the very fact that science is not a bunch of lies is easily deduced from what you are doing right now: You are actually reading this article because you are doing so in the Internet, which is a direct produce of the scientific establishment. The computers and communication networks that constitute the Internet are not part of a belief, but actual, real, material things that were created based on science and technology. Had been science a lie "in toto", such things and the Internet wouldn't exist.

Of course, science is not perfect and mistakes are made, but the scientific method, which lies at the core of scientific thought, has been developed exactly for dealing with those limitations of human nature. The method of science allows for progressive corrections based on proof, not in belief. Scientists know that what they know is limited and that it is likely that their theories will be superseded by new ones; in some cases, the new theories will make some corrections to already-established ideas, while in others, they will replace the old ones completely and produce a paradigm shift. Challenging situations, the unknown, are part of the essence of science; that's what it exist for, to know, to learn and to explore. So, stating that science doesn't want to confront the UFO phenomenon is an absurd notion.

Then, considering that no one can prove that all science is wrong, some might say that a part of science is a lie, specifically the one dealing with extraterrestrial life, but why? Because it doesn't avail or auspice ufologists? That is not the case because astrobiologists and exobiologists are looking for life outside our planet all the time and several exploration missions have been sent in order to find life or - like in the case of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 - they were designed to deliver a message to whatever or whom ever eventually finds them in the future. Plus, there is the SETI project that still keeps eavesdropping the cosmos for signals of intelligent life, and has been doing so for decades, more than many an ufologist's career or even his or her current age.

All these activities are clearly targeted or focused in the study of alien life, thus it would also be absurd to say that science doesn't want to deal with the topic. So, science is neither a lie nor it is uninterested in aliens; what makes it hostile to most ufologists and UFO believers is that science is too strict for their beliefs to keep standing. Unless someone comes up with evidence explaining these discrepancies, it should be assumed that the whole Pleiadian issue is just another myth.

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