posted on Jul, 1 2008 @ 06:32 PM
I don't think it's quite so simple as believe/don't believe for some of us. I don't "believe" that aliens are visiting the Earth in the sense
that I'm certain of it or think it's been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Nor would I say that it's even 'probably' the case.
The problem is that I can't quite go in the other direction either, and dismiss it as preposterous and laughable. Skeptics always try to fall back
on the argument that the law of relativity essentially precludes any interstellar travel, and there are numerous flaws with this argument.
ONE. There could be aliens visiting who are not interstellar. Scientists believe there could be life on several moons within our solar system
that appear to be made mostly of water and have icy surfaces. Life on earth started in the oceans. It could be that there is life that has actually
evolved in the water underneath those surfaces and is even more advanced than we are. Sure, it's far fetched, but it is possible.
TWO. There could be some other form of intelligent life right here on earth that has a relatively small population but is way more advanced than us
and has been able to keep itself hidden. Again, far fetched, but possible.
THREE. Theory of realtivity notwithstanding, who is to say exactly what an intelligent species a million --or even ten million-- years ahead of us
has discovered? Look, we've only had history for about 6 thousand years, and we've only had serious science for about six hundred and look at all
we've discovered and invented. To think WE somehow know it all is hilariously ignorant. There may very well be loopholes in the theory of
relativity that won't be discovered for centuries or maybe even hundreds of centuries. Remember, even a thousand centuries is only 100
thousand years - one tenth of a million years.
And there are other possibilities. For example, if an alien civilization had figured out a way to go, say, 20 percent the speed of light and had
perfected suspended animation, it would actually make nearby interstellar travel practical. Sure, it would still take a few decades to reach the
Aplha Centauri system, but if it was a matter of going to sleep and seemingly waking the next day in a different star system? Even humans would do
that. And what if the species had a natural life span of several centuries to begin with.
Or what if the human race way in the future had discovered some way to go back in time and was studying us?
The fact is, we don't know the answer to these questions for sure. We just don't. Just like we really don't what those anomolies called UFOs
really are. They might have a totally terrestrial origin, they could be optical illusions caused by rare atmospheric conditions or they could be
clever hoaxes. And some sightings, sure, can be explained by the above
They really might be, at least in a few rare cases, aliens from other planets. Again, we just don't know. We have no idea what a species much older
than us and quite possibly WAY smarter than us (as in one of their own they considered "retarded" would still be smarter than the smartest
human that ever lived) could come up with.
So that's the thing. Unlike some skeptics, I can't rule it out. That doesn't mean I "believe," it just means I don't disbelieve either. There
may be people who really "want" to believe, but there are skeptics "want" to disbelieve as well. This is why we get these preposterous "swamp
gas" explanations, and frankly I've found many pseudo-skeptics insecure about their intelligence: they want to laugh at people and think those
people less intelligent and smart than them, and that's their REAL motivation. They aren't really interested in the truth or any objective
analysis. Rather, they are in a big hurry to condescend, to look down upon people as gullible and foolish because they need that to feel okay about
themselves, never realizing that what they're doing is just as foolish.
[edit on 1-7-2008 by ClintK]