Be Reasonable: Episode #014 – Lembit Öpik


Lembit ÖpikFormer Lib Dem MP, Lembit Öpik is probably already a familiar face after appearances on Have I Got News For You and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! However, you may not know that he is also a champion for near-earth object studies and a UFOlogist at the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. He talks to Be Reasonable about what this involves.

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  1. #1 by Robin Brown on February 26, 2014 - 13:02

    He seems to think that “We are not alone” somehow entails “Aliens must have been here”

    Not sure how that follows.

  2. #2 by Murff on February 27, 2014 - 03:23

    I live in the U.S. and have never heard of Lembit Opik. I intentionally did not look him up at all so that I could say this based solely on the interview: he sounds like most scientist/astronomers I’ve ever heard. Some details are different, but most are just playing the odds anyway. The chances we are alone in the universe seem very slim. Far fewer believe we have or are being visited, but they never absolutely deny that it could be possible.

    The thing that made me extremely happy, is when he said he had believed he had seen an alien UFO, but later learned he was mistaken. Do you know how many people never accept the scientific explanation?!?

    Great episode btw, I liked the route the questioning took, thank you Haley and Mike!

  3. #3 by Malcolm on February 27, 2014 - 05:37

    He seems to be saying that if advanced aliens are visiting earth they would be undetectable. Which essentially means from our perspective an earth visited by aliens would be exactly the same as an earth not visited by aliens. So it’s not a testable claim it’s just special pleading.

    So what is he talking about here? Not sightings of UFO’s or specific claims because he writes those off as Hollywood inspired fantasy’s.

    He is just saying that intelligent life probably exists and that he likes to imagine that they have the technology to visit earth and have values to which we could relate.

    Which nice but really just an exercise in wishful thinking.

  4. #4 by David on March 9, 2014 - 14:22

    This has been one of my favourite episodes. Lembit comes across as rational, and aware that while he has no evidence he’s working the odds. Most importantly, he’s stressing the need for proper research and investigation – not to prove his existing beliefs but for it’s own ends.

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