Here's my take:
Why is it that the great majority(or at least it seems to me) of alien sightings seem to of bipedal creatures.
First, one needs to start separating out stories from one another into separate threads. Many contact stories of the abduction variety involve pale
creatures of very jerky motion where very large eyes are remembered. Certain folks who claim to see bodies talk about long skinny arms and large
heads. Bob Lazar talks about small chairs. Why the anthroporphism?
There are several possibilities. One is that aliens are mythological creatures, and being a myth, tend to be humanoid like leprachauns, daemons, and
other mythological fantasies (that may or may not be derived from actual phenomena.)
Another possibility is one of convergent evolution
, a concept that I gather from
your argument you are probably familiar with. Similar environments tend to display remarkably similar traits. It is theorized that this occurs through
evolution selecting similar traits, probably in combination with similar underlying biophysical and molecular processes that underly life on earth.
One could hypothesize that similar processes could occur elsewhere, and that as an above poster stated, free object manipulation, such as available
through limbs, could give rise to tool use and thus a technological species. (Interestingly, non-ambulatory tool use might give rise to something very
Basically, if you create life with basic DNA, and then create 'programming' modules re-used by most creatures, then their temporal generation of new
features will likely converge in many cases unless selective pressure forces differentiation. Now, what I just said runs counter to accepted genetic
theory. Random mutation, it is argued, is the single force dominating evolutionary change, and would cause chaotic, life-killing, random drift without
selective pressure from the environment While I agree that this occurs, I think there is another evolutionary force, in which the basic machinery of
biomelecular systems tends to evolve collective algorithmic blocks of higher function that it is capable of a priori, over time. That is, I do not
believe that genetic evolution is necessarily an open system, even though it is computationally generic. I'll be spending the next 30 years trying to
prove or refute that claim, btw.
(Some hypothesize further that this might be conveniently part of the program for an ET seeding planets, or a GOD creating life with a planned drift
over time, for that matter.)
The reason we might spot bipedals is that this is the mode of ET that is similar enough to us for us to recognize as ET.
Finally, many UFO encounters of the first kind involve interactions with things, such as floating, smelly pillars, or triangular floating objects
moving between the trees, that are not anthropomorphic but for which the experiencers intuitively feel they are interacting with something
intelligent. While this is just a heuristic of our minds, it is none-the-less interesting. These cases are anthropologically fascinating because the
observers are filtering what they see on the basis of what they know. The story of a cop who thought he saw an overturned car, until it took off, for
example, is an excellent example. When encountering an entity or a craft, what we perceive, and even remember, is likely to be highly reliant on what
we know. Ezekiel's visitations strike me to be such examples.
2. Similarly, why are so many of the sightings of humanoids, wouldn't it make sense that at least some(probably most) aliens would not be so human
like in their physical appearance?
Its totally possible that many ET would be very different. Would they be so different that we could not recognize them?
Unless they have somehow found a way to warp spacetime which is unlikely or sentient life exists somewhere in our solar system which is also unlikely,
then why are so many sightings reported? How would they be able to make so many trips?
A common thread in UFO circles is that our understanding of inertial physics and space time is a relatively simple approximation of the possible, but
we are constrained by (1) the reasoning methods of our brain and our limitted senses, (2) humanly observable phenomena within our proximity, and/or
(3) access to principles of physics that are classified. It is possilbe and probably wise to consider that physics, and space-time, are themselves,
human constructs that may be useful for us but have little bearing on the extraterrestrial.
It is quite possible for an ET to have an entirely different concept of universal principles, in which our limitations are simply not observed.
Perhaps, in return, they have limitations in thinking and perception that we do not. Think of the ant. It lives a stygmergic existance that is both
less and other than we experience. Perhaps in a way it is also more. Of course, there is the possibility that our conception of a universe, which in
my philosophy is nothing more than an extension of my life experience, is simply "less" than the life experience of an ET, in some measurable
Again I am sorry if these questions have already been answered or have simple explanations. Also forgive if there is any grammar that is incorrect, I
am not from the US.
I think these are questions always worth asking. Second, it is always sad when people get angry at second language speakers. I'd much rather praise
you for talking with us. And finally, your English writing is excellent.
[edit on 6-8-2006 by Ectoterrestrial]