This is an unusual topic for me to discuss on my blog. But I have some thoughts on this topic, so why not share them with you, right?
I guess I’m a bit of a fence sitter on this one. For me, this question – do you believe in UFO’s – can be divided into two distinct topics; the first is the existence of life on other planets, and the second is whether intelligent life from other planets is visiting us.
When I was a child, I remember that the main stream thought seemed to be that life does not/cannot exist on other planets. A rather arrogant way of thinking I think. But according to the astronomy documentaries I watch these days (I love the History Channel) the current thinking seems to be that life does exist on other planets. In fact there is a famous astronomer – whose name, sadly, I cannot recall – who did a mathematical formula on the likelihood of life on other plants. I don’t remember the exact number, but the chances are that there are millions of planets in the universe that are likely to have life on them. And intelligent life at that too.
I agree with that notion. I find it hard to believe that we are the ONLY planet in the vast universe that has life on it – how “intelligent” we are is another matter entirely. I think there are other planets with anything from very primitive life to complex, intelligent life.
Okay, now to the second topic. Do I believe in UFO’s? Well, yes, sort of. I think there are a lot of Unidentified Flying Objects that have perfectly normal explanations, as is often shown after investigation. However, – and again based on documentaries I watch, not much else – there seem to be a lot of UFO’s that have no normal explanations. I once saw a documentary about pilots who saw UFO’s. Apparently, there are lots and lots of incidences where pilots have seen UFO’s. The programme showed a lot of black box recordings and interviews with pilots.
There seems to be many other sources of evidence (and please note, I said “evidence” not proof) that UFO’s, and alien visitations, exist. One of them is eye-witness accounts, of which there are probably hundreds of thousands. Of course I have no doubt that a a lot of them, if not most, are not true, but maybe some of them are, who knows? They can’t all be lying, confused, or delusional, right?
Another source of evidence is historical accounts and records. These days I’m watching a documentary series called Ancient Aliens, which I find just fascinating. The series is based on a book written in the 1960’s called Chariots of the Gods, by Erich von Däniken.
Basically, It involves the hypothesis that the “technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by space travelers who were welcomed as gods.” I’m not saying that this hypothesis is correct, but it is certainly very intriguing. The series (I haven’t read the book) talks about ancient texts from around the world that have descriptions of creatures coming from the stars, whose portrayal, and more importantly drawings, are eerily similar to modern day astronauts. Here are some of points raised from the series that I can remember:
– Giant drawings of animals and other beings that can only be seen from the sky, thousands of years old.
– Christopher Columbus’ logs describing something emerging from the water and then flying off into the sky.
– Medieval drawings of flying objects that look like flying saucers.
– Ancient drawings of machines that look like planes, and when reconstructed actually fly!
– Ancient maps that show Antarctica in detail before it was actually discovered!
– Drawings and sculptures of Gods that look like people in space suits.
– Carvings, drawings and texts of ancient battles that sound very much like modern warfare using nuclear weapons.
That’s what I can remember of the top of my head. I’m not saying that any of this is absolutely true, as Erich von Däniken has been largely discredited by the scientific community, but it is certainly fascinating, and worth keeping an open mind about.
So do I believe in UFO’s? I’m sitting on the fence on this one, with a slight tilt towards “yes”.
Would love to hear your opinion on this.
Talk to you soon.