On July 9th, 2016, NASA’s International Space Station’s live video feed was abruptly cut after a UFO moving across the screen came to halt. What could have been explained as a meteor or comet was instantly hailed as an alien spacecraft because of the unnatural movement, and many conspiracy theorists believe the video feed cut to be the result of a government attempt to cover up knowledge of a UFO. As the object steadily moves from top to bottom, it comes to an abrupt stop before it leaves the screen.
With minimal investigation, however, one can tell that the whole image was clearly frozen due to a glitch, and does not actually show the object stopping. The heavily pixilated video is clearly live until the object stops, at which point the pixels in the whole screen stop moving as well – not just the object itself.
While I applaud those keeping a close eye on NASA’s feed hoping to find evidence of very possible extraterrestrial life, this is a result of the Heuristic example of “confirmation bias” highlighted in lecture one. Confirmation bias is the result of one’s desire to find evidence that may not exist and rejecting anything that may discredit what they are trying to find. In this case, the viewer has overlooked the very obvious and plausible reason for the feed cut and stationary UFO because he wants the opposite to be true. While extraterrestrial life has certainly not been ruled out, it is important to approach the issue with an open and unbiased mind based on scientific fact.