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Abduction Report

Hi, everyone. Apologies for my lack of reply to last week’s UFO post, but I was abducted by magical Sidhe folk living in the forest behind my house. As always, time spent in the Sidhe realm follows different rules. Thankfully I did not emerge a day or so later having aged to a ripe old age, but there was definitely some time slippage. Even now I’m not sure if a week or a year has passed.

I’m fascinated to learn that UFOs are pushing up house prices in Canberra (thanks Dave), perhaps some of our politicians are also being robotically controlled? Julia Gillard’s hair colour can’t be real, surely? I also used to often wonder about John Howard’s eyebrows.

I tend to think much the same as many of the post-responders last week in terms of the reality of alien visitations. The pattern of UFO sightings, which exploded post-WWII, corresponds to a time when the number of aircraft in the skies – both of the civilian and secret kinds – also ramped up exponentially. The reduction in sightings thereafter is most likely the populous getting used to aircraft of various persuasions (although the paranoid conspiracy theorist in my hindbrain is whispering that the aliens just got more careful as mankind began to watch the skies).

I’ve also noticed that effect that Wayne mentioned – how a stationary bright object like a star will seem to shoot around the place if you stare at it long enough. This ‘jerky’ motion is remarkably like the unpredictable, swift movements often attributed to UFOs by those who report sightings.

Like Pam, I have often wondered at the similarity between modern abduction reports and older tales of being led into the woods by faeries. I’ve often mused that this probably reflects the structure of the human psyche and its underlying archetypes, rather than real events.

Thanks to Steve for the perspective on radar-boggling devices. Maybe there are more than a few parts of  the prankster element in all this – like uni students who make crop-circles and sit back to watch the fun.

As to the existence of alien life in general. Hey – it’s a big universe! I tend to think life will form spontaneously from basic organic elements, but development beyond nascent forms really comes to down to coincidence and dumb luck. The universe is also a savage place, prone to slamming large bodies into each other and releasing large bursts of gamma radiation.

Anyone care to take a punt on where extraterrestrial life will first be observed? Mars? Titan? Europa? The Oort cloud? Beyond the solar system?

  1. Draven #

    ohhhkayyy… did you post this before taking meds, or after taking something recreational?

    August 30, 2013
    • Hi, Draven. I don’t need anything to enhance my brain chemistry – it’s weird enough:)

      August 30, 2013
  2. mobiuswolf #

    Beyond.. definitely!

    August 30, 2013
  3. Wayne Blackburn #

    My guess is that ET life will be first found on Io. Lots of activity there to stimulate chemical reactions. VERY basic forms, but I think they will be there. I think that we might find some in the oceans of Europa, too, but it will be a while before we’re ready to drill through that ice layer, though, which is why I think it will be Io first.

    August 30, 2013
    • Good point Wayne. Life needs energy and active chemistry to form. We tend to forget what a witch’s crucible early Earth was.

      August 30, 2013
  4. If what I’m about to say sounds like bragging, I’m sorry. I’ve been an SF reader since Mrs Pennington gave me a copy of Rocketship Galileo in 1964. I’m a retired AF pilot. I fly for a large cargo company, mostly at night. I am an amateur astronomer with a telescope – I’ve worked my way through all of the Messier Objects and many of the NGCs….

    All that to lead to this sentence: I’ve spent a LOT of my adult life looking at the night sky. I’ve never seen a thing that I can’t explain mundanely.

    …and the winner will be Europa.

    August 30, 2013
    • Hi, Geoff. Europa has a lot in its favour doesn’t it? Water and the promise of active geothermal vents. And best of all – just maybe! – we might see an probe in our lifetimes.

      August 30, 2013
  5. Devil’s Advocate: The ‘fairy abductions’ could have been alien abductions that more primitive man had no way of describing other than as a supernatural event.

    Doubting Thomas: if alien sightings were real, shouldn’t we be seeing an explosion of sightings now that everyone almost everywhere has a camera/recorder built into their phones.

    As for first extraterrestrial life, I predict microbial life on Mars.

    August 30, 2013
  6. BobtheRegisterredFool #

    Extraterrestrial life will be found on Extraterrestrial Island.

    You have to look in your heart to find the way.

    August 30, 2013
    • Second star to the right, and straight on towards morning?

      On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM, madgeniusclub wrote:

      > ** > BobtheRegisterredFool commented: “Extraterrestrial life will be found > on Extraterrestrial Island. You have to look in your heart to find the way.” >

      August 30, 2013
      • When you said Extraterrestrial Island, I was immediately put in mind of Fantasy Island, with littlel Tattoo jump up and down and sayin ‘ The Plane! The Plane!’ But of course, in this case it’s the ‘The Spaceship! The Spaceship!’:)

        August 30, 2013
        • 'nother Mike #

          Pitch it! I’ll bet one of the cable companies would do it. Fantasy Island meets the Isle of Dr. Moreau? Or maybe Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

          August 30, 2013
          • LOL. I like it Mike. You could have genetically engineered creatures and VR instead of the strange fantasy worlds on Fantasy Island. Nice one!

            August 30, 2013
  7. TXRed #

    I vote for Io and Europa for simple life, and outside the solar system for more complicated critters, the sort that are thrilled to tell us that our planet has won the Spiral Arm lottery and 1,000,000,[et cetera],000 credits are waiting in a bank on Rigel Five, and all we need to do to claim the prize is . . . 😉

    August 30, 2013
    • That’s a long way to travel to find out it was Galactic junk mail:) It would be so exciting to have life outside of Earth discovered in our lifetime. There is a good chance of bacteria or viruses on Mars, I would think, pehaps remnants of a broader pool of simple life from early times. The problem is interpreting the results of remote tests. We all know about the inconclusive Viking test. Maybe we will have to wait until Elon Musk gets us to Mars to find out for sure.

      August 30, 2013
  8. Actually, extraterrestrial life has already been found. They’ve discovered extraterrestrial bacteria on meteorite fragments in Antarctica, IIRC. Surely they qualify for the label – even though we don’t know where they came from?

    August 31, 2013
  9. 'nother Mike #

    Of course, it may be that the Cambrian explosion was due to a visitation. So we may already be surrounded by extraterrestrial life — you and I!

    August 31, 2013
  10. I’ll vote for at least finding fossil evidence of former life on Mars, and a strong possibly living (simple) organisms in or below the permafrost.

    I think it’ll be too long before we’re drilling below the ice in the outer solar system for any of them to win the race to first discovered extraterrestrial life.

    Of course a simple breakthrough in quamtun gravity and we’ll be checking out extra solar planets . . .

    August 31, 2013

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