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?