Do You Believe in Aliens?

I was abducted by aliens. Not literally. Literally, no one has been abducted by aliens. At least, no one I know. Not counting my brother, Marty, who has also described in detail vast hierarchies of angelic beings occupying higher dimensions. (These beings, though, have never abducted him so far as I can tell, although he did miss a couple of family reunions.)Must Be Aliens Meme

I was abducted a few years ago when I decided to chase people like David Wilcock, Corey Goode, and Michael Salla down the rabbit hole. It was a wild ride, cruising through a number of secret space programs operated jealously and separately by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the military-industrial complex, and other groups allied to both malicious and beneficent extraterrestrial species, and ending recently in Antarctica. Stop me if you’ve heard all this before.

As I hope you’ve guessed, for me it was a figurative abduction, motivated completely by curiosity and a certain intellectual ennui. In fact, I was looking for adventure and ruled out more risky endeavors, such as having an affair or hiring out to Blackwater. Unfortunately, the only alien I discovered from this foray was the well-known Cyberspace Time-Sucker. I did, however, elude the more expensive journeys to live events and conferences, a beast that consumed many gullible explorers who perhaps found solace in some lovely scenery at resort areas around the country or the world.

fox and scully

Mulder and Scully: And those FBI agents who don’t want to believe always seem to end up as grisly corpses, often having the consistency of oatmeal.

As obsessions go, it was way more interesting than Ozzie Osbourne’s obsession with cereal, for example. But, when I finally broke free, I was left staring at the Fermi paradox. As its originator, physicist Enrico Fermi, once said, if indeed there are aliens, “Where is everybody?”

Although I’m not a scientist, I do share a characteristic with most scientists: that is, a buttoned-down insistence on evidence, as one might seek who establishes the likelihood of a soft landing before leaping off a cliff. The Fermi paradox is based on conflicts between the scale of the universe, the significant probability that intelligent life has evolved elsewhere, and the total lack of evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.

There are plenty of explanations as to why humankind hasn’t been seen publicly shaking hands with nonhumankind (see Fermi paradox link, above). At least two of those explanations may encourage others like me who hope there is someone or something out there who not only won’t squash us like bugs but who might save us from ourselves or from an unseen asteroid hurtling our way or from any of many possible developments that could spell the end of our species prior to my paying off the mortgage: (1) They are here undetected; or (2) They are here unacknowledged.

So while I haven’t literally been abducted by aliens, I’m quite sure aliens exist. And indeed, there is a nonzero probability that aliens are here and we don’t know about them, or that they are here and have yet to form a viable third party.

Beyond simply being more interesting than the Ozzie Osbourne obsession, the people populating the aliens-among-us group—the aforementioned David Wilcock, Corey Goode, Michael Salla, etc.—combine to paint a truly compelling picture, replete with internal consistencies and an almost poetic spirituality. They lead a larger community than most ordinary people realize. They have squabbles and intrigues like every community. And they have a dangerously superficial understanding of many scientific fields, especially quantum physics.

So, like Fox Mulder of The X-Files, I want to believe. Which isn’t easy when there are rational people around making podcasts like this one from Skeptic Magazine, featuring Don Prothero and Timothy Callahan, authors of the book UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens: What Science Says. Those guys would ruin Bigfoot if they thought they could get away with it.

Maybe I have a little PTSD remaining from my figurative abduction. On days when I develop a tic from too much rational thinking, it helps to listen to this former United Airlines pilot, who encountered a UFO at 37,000 feet on a flight path between Albany and Boston. A more sober, believable witness cannot be found.

Unlike my brother, Marty. Literally.



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Posted on December 13, 2017, in Cultural observations, Fiction, Paranormal, Pop culture, science fiction, scifi, TV, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Having thought about Fermi’s paradox through the years, I’ve come to the tentative conclusion that aliens with even a tiny headstart on us, let’s say a few million years, wouldn’t be accurately perceived by us as fleshy beings in crashable spaceships. Our pace of technological change is at least somewhat exponential, thinking of how long early Homo sapiens were content to live with the same tools, followed by agriculture, then followed quickly by industry, but that “quickly” is slowly compared to this: In our lives the two of us have seen the start of personal computers, the internet, and cell phones. You could say Computers –> Networked Computers –> Omnipresent Networked Computers. Those sound similar, but the effects are vast and vastly different. At roughly the half-way point in my life now, I expect to see at least that many more major advances and consequent alterations in my way of life before I move on (or in younger folk’s way of life anyway). I don’t feel the need for a cell phone as strongly as my kid does. For her it’s almost baseline human existence. The difference between my first perceptions of the world without any of those would logically be more similar to the present moment than the present moment will be to my last perceptions of the world. In other words, technologically speaking, the midpoint in one’s life is always more like their dawn years than their sunset years. Yet we keep guessing the future as if it were more linear than exponential. I say “the future” but what are aliens? In Fermi’s paradox, we’re not talking about bacteria on an unexplored planet. We mean beings like ourselves, but in our future state of technology. Maybe they exist, they’re here, they’re known to us, but we mistake them for things like… I don’t know… inspiration. 🙂


    • The Wikipedia entry for Fermi’s paradox includes some of the ideas you present:

      * Extraterrestrial life is rare or non-existent
      * No other intelligent species have arisen
      * Intelligent alien species lack advanced technology
      * It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself
      * It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy others
      * Periodic extinction by natural events
      * Inflation hypothesis and the youngness argument
      * Intelligent civilizations are too far apart in space or time
      * Lack of resources to spread physically throughout the galaxy
      * Human beings have not existed long enough
      * We are not listening properly
      * Civilizations broadcast detectable radio signals only for a brief period of time
      * They tend to isolate themselves
      * They are too alien
      * Everyone is listening, no one is transmitting
      * Earth is deliberately not contacted
      * Earth is purposely isolated (planetarium hypothesis)
      * It is dangerous to communicate
      * The Simulation Theory
      * They are here undetected
      * They are here unacknowledged

      I think “They are too alien” about covers what you’re saying.

      And I can’t wait, someday, to meet your kid and her cellphone.


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