Despite popular belief, the term UFO means an Unidentified Flying Object, not necessarily a spaceship or flying saucer. This applies to any object spotted in the sky that is not readily recognized by the observer. This can apply to unusual weather phenomena and military aircraft not generally seen by the public. Yet whenever the term UFO is used, typically the talk turns to aliens and spacecraft. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to refer to UFO’s as those of alien origin.
So. Are UFOs visiting our planet? This question has been hotly debated for decades and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. While respected scientists from both sides make valid points, until there is undeniable proof, the debate will continue. There are those who believe that not only are visits to Earth occurring now, but that they have been occurring since the dawn of man. Cave paintings, phrases in the Bible, and codes found in famous works of art may be interpreted to support this theory. Naturally, they can be construed in other ways as well. What it boils down to is personal belief. And therein lies the dilemma. There are always opposing sides.
Where to Begin?
The starting point (I believe) is determining if there is in fact intelligent life beyond our own. The Drake Equation would point to yes using mathematical probability as it’s basis. While this may be considered reasonable proof that intelligent life beyond our own does exist, it does nothing to prove the life out there is intelligent enough to have mastered space travel. Life beyond Earth may very well have evolved at a different pace. Or the planets that can sustain life may be in the early stages of evolution. Or they may not be interested in space travel or reaching us at all. On the other hand, the universe is an old place and in the scheme of things, we as a species are mere infants. There could be civilizations that are millions of years older than our own out there and if they are out there, is it possible that they could have mastered space travel? Is it possible that they are here (or have been in the past)?
Who Believes What?
When the subject of aliens is raised, the assumption is that these beings are much more advanced than we are, and are coming here for some purpose unknown to us. The theory of governments of the world having secret dealings with these beings in exchange for technology has been discussed in years past (i.e. conspiracy theories). However as with all UFO debates, they typically lead nowhere since there is always the lack of definitive proof. For the most part, eyewitness accounts comprise the bulk of evidence gathered to date. While there are many well trained and respected people who have reported sightings, the primary focus seems to fall within the fringe element of the UFO communities. These are the people who claim to possess the ability to psychically communicate with aliens and/or have alien children aboard spacecraft they have visited on a recurring basis. These claims of course have never been substantiated.
What About Alien Abductions?
Alien abduction accounts rely strongly on the testimony of the alleged victim, with regressive hypnosis being used to recover lost memories (such as in the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case). Recordings are made during these sessions to prove there are no leading questions being asked when the procedure is used by UFO investigators. Lost time and gaps in memory are commonly reported by alleged victims of abduction. Famous abduction cases (such as the Travis Walton case) have been popularized in books and movies, with the occurrence being seemingly validated with polygraph tests administered to all parties involved. While this is by no means proof positive that aliens are abducting humans and performing experiments/medical procedures on them, it does appear to raise questions that often have no easily explained answers.
Who’s Checking Out These Claims?
Investigators of these sightings and abduction reports refer to themselves as Ufologists and have precise scientific methods for investigating the reports they receive. While many of their methods and findings are not recognized by the scientific community as a whole, it does raise the question as to why these people would risk their reputations and careers in the scientific world by becoming involved in paranormal investigations.
More Questions than Answers
There have been countless books and discussions on many of these topics over the years. It seems that there are far too many unanswered questions to draw reasonable conclusions one way or the other. I personally believe that finding intelligent life beyond our own is the first step to finding some answers. Until this happens, the questions and debates will continue to go nowhere (unless of course a UFO lands on my front lawn).
What are your thoughts on UFO’s? Are they here, simply monitoring us, or none of the above?
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