I'm sure a decent percentage of religious people will claim to have had a meaningful religious experience involving some form of mental / physical contact with their god(s) of choice - I'm not about to start taking that very seriously just because people claim its happened (academics or not - I know plenty of "academics", quite a few are not that bright / intellectually curious, for many its just another greasy pole climbing career these days ).
Strange now that many people have a mobile with a camera (albeit not a great camera in most cases) that we have not been inundated with lots of convincing UAP evidence.
I like wildlife watching and so likely spend a lot more time than average scanning the skies (including when its varying levels of darkness as enjoy looking for bats and owls). Also enjoy looking at the night sky, be it meteor showers, just IDing planets, constellations, watching ISS "flypasts" / other satellites etc. Despite a well above average time spent sky watching yet to see a UAP... Though maybe it helps that I can ID a plane (stating the obvious but number of mis IDed planes people call as UAP is huge), weather balloon, understand the strange effects sometimes caused by reflections off clouds (& how odd some cloud formations can look) etc.
I would be delighted to see a (genuine) UAP - but unsurprisingly not seen one as I have been able to explain the "odd" things I have occasionally seen (e.g. been lucky enough to see will o the wisp light effects over wetlands when looking for roving woodcock, sadly never had the luck of seeing more unusual stuff like ball lightning)