Potential patterns of sightings (or circles) has been something that's interested me for a while, but it's really hard to get a discernable picture
from that information. There's only sightings where people can see the UFO (duh), so there's no telling how many events may occur without anyone
around to notice it. If you'll check out www.larryhatch.net...
, you'll find there's quite an extensive
listing of sightings in various areas--even in large cities--but of course they're all around populated (even if sparsely) areas or around
interstates or other travel routes.
I think it's very likely they are on "research missions" of some kind, however I don't see why they necessarily have to be studying us. They may
be wanting to see what kind of resources are here on earth they may be able to use, and we may be of absolutely no concern to them. They may be
studying the geology, or the weather patterns, or maybe the fact that there's large fields of corn, wheat, whatever, completely astounds them. And
there's no way to tell where the majority of their landings really occur--do they truly favor the rural agricultural areas, or perhaps they love the
seclusion of the Sahara? Perhaps their home world is much closer to Antartica in climate, or the rain forests in South America strike their fancy--an
area where the local population doesn't exactly get much media play without the help of Sally Struthers.
Just because we want contact of some kind, we would want to study and communicate with a different race, that doesn't mean they would be of a similar
mindset. They may have absolutely no desire for contact with us. There's no way for us to really know for sure without some type of
communication--and if they don't want to talk, we're going to be kinda stuck wondering.
Another assumption we make is that, since we're listening for electromagnetic communication (ie radio waves, etc.) from other stars, they must have
the technology to transmit and receive/process similar signals to what we use. Perhaps they do, and if they're very advanced then perhaps at one
point in time they did. But just because they did at some point doesn't mean they do now.
Use computers for an example--if someone tried to "communicate" with you by sending you a Commodore 64 program, would you be able to use it?
Although it might be a bad example, even in less than twenty years we've turned much of our own technology into stuff that no one uses anymores. Try
popping a punch card into your laptop--that might be more appropriate of an example.
There's no way to tell if they even know that we've been sending them reruns of I Love Lucy
for the past 40 years, let alone if they could
understand it, learn from it, even notice that it was being broadcast. You can cite increases in sightings that correspond to various events in human
history, but that may just be sheer coincidence. Either they started sending more craft for their own reasons, or they got finished checking out one
region of the earth and decided to move through a more populated area.
Sorry to go off on a bit of a tangent; it just seems difficult to me to try and humanize a species that we know little--if anything concrete at
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