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The Aliens Underneath: Will “Extraterrestrial” Disclosure Ever Really Happen?

Thanks to recent statistics, which say that close to half of all Americans believe extraterrestrial visitation of Earth is underway, calls for disclosure have become a hot topic yet again. Add to this the fact that close to 80% of those believers in the extraterrestrial equation also feel the United States government is hiding the truth about UFOs, and you’ve got yourself a real bee’s nest.

Thus, exopolitical activist Stephen Basset, a longtime advocate for government UFO disclosure and head of an organization known as the Paradigm Research Group, has issued a petition calling for President Barack Obama’s Administration to release secret information on UFO activity, and possible visitation to Earth by aliens from outer space. The petition reads, “We, the undersigned, strongly urge the President of the United States to formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and immediately release into the public domain all files from all agencies and military services relevant to this phenomenon.”

In all likelihood, there is far more to the UFO equation that merely the perception that information about aliens from space exists, but remains conveniently tucked away, hidden from view. Therefore, will Basset’s latest political strategy garner better result than past attempts? Probably not, and here’s why…

As is so often the case, the devil here may lie hidden in the details, and largely comes down to a matter of semantics. After all, when cries for almighty “disclosure” come falling down, what if what we’re asking for isn’t what actually is? More specifically, what happens when we ask for proof of extraterrestrial visitation of Earth, and there is no evidence that such a thing exists?

I can sense the panic among the UFO believers already, as well as your peculiar compulsion to want to grab the nearest stone and start flinging. But before you insist on my prompt and mandatory removal from the believer’s club, allow me to explain what I’m getting at here.

When we say “extraterrestrial,” we typically mean some alien (non-human) being from the space outside planet Earth (i.e. a distant planet, for example). A concise set of dictionary definitions for this term is outlined as follows:

adjective: of or from outside the earth or its atmosphere
noun: a hypothetical or fictional being from outer space, esp. an intelligent one.

This, while seemingly inconsequential due to the general acceptance among the public that UFOs represent vehicles piloted by space aliens, is actually the root of a number of problems within the field of Ufology. Skeptics are quick to point out that UFO believers place their trust in the perceived fact that aliens from outer space are visiting us, when in truth, this is an unfair assessment altogether. The real truth is this: we don’t know what UFOs are exactly, nor do we know conclusively whether space aliens pilot them. This is because there is no conclusive evidence that supports any one alternative–aliens or anything else–better than another, in scientific terms. What there is evidence for, on the other hand, is that UFOs–whatever they might really be–do exist… though they remain unidentified. To reconcile the disparity here, we must delve a bit deeper into the notions surrounding extraterrestrial life in general, and what may have led to our marriage to the idea as an answer to the UFO problem.

It is easy to suppose logically that life similar to us might exist on other planets, taking into consideration that we view ourselves as a reasonable standard by which we could measure other instances of “intelligent life” in the universe. We evolved on a planet, and therefore, it’s also easy to assume that other people might have done the same on other planets out there in space. But we lack the ability to travel to those proposed locations using even our best technology, and therefore it stands to reason that if we see strange vehicles buzzing around in our skies from time to time, we could guess that they represent others like us who have progressed to that point technologically, where interplanetary travel could be achieved.

Though what I’ve outlined here does seem (and is, I think) logical to a point, we must remember that without any evidence to back it up, we’re dealing with mere theory. It’s guesswork we’ve orchestrated, which results in a hypothesis alone, and in order to maintain scientific integrity, we really can’t jump to the conclusion that extraterrestrial visitors are the absolute answer behind the UFO mystery, no matter how appealing or obvious this may seem as a solution.

And yet, somewhat surprisingly, we see that this simplest physical explanation for UFO origins has become the accepted norm, even among scientists who aren’t proponents of UFO activity on Earth. Cosmologists who are quick to dismiss UFO intervention have nonetheless advocated the search for other life out there in space time and time again, with little consideration as to whether intelligent, non-human life forms might exist right here on Earth. Consider, for example, the possibility that UFO-related phenomenon, bearing remarkable similarity to psychedelic visionary experiences, could represent human interaction with intelligences from other planes of existence; perhaps other dimensions. This theory is no more conclusive than the idea that space aliens are visiting Earth… but offered as an alternative, there is no less evidence available to us here capable of diminishing the possibility.

And that seems to be the key: having an open mind to possibilities. If we could only accept that the UFO mystery may represent a multitude of strange phenomena, some of which could be extraterrestrial, while in other areas it could be entirely comprised of some anomalous terrestrial phenomenon or interdimensional physics aberrations, we might stand to gain better understanding of the mystery as a whole.

Bringing this full circle, now when we see the exopolitical crowd jumping up and down asking for UFO disclosure, we might do well to stop and consider whether their questions have been phrased properly. The UFO enigma is wide and varied in its collective aspects, and asking specifically for only one piece of the puzzle is like ordering ice at the bar, without your favorite beverage poured over it. You can sit around and wait for the ice to melt, but this is a pretty difficult way to try and quench one’s thirst… whether that be actual thirst, or the kind of thirst oriented in a desire for knowledge. We all want the truth so badly, and we want it now… but that truth may actually be right in front of us already. Perhaps, rather than beating our fists and demanding disclosure of information our governments may not actually have, we might do better to try and change the way we think about UFOs, thus opening our minds to possibilities that could have been hiding right in front of us all along.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XIHC226OZRH3QCENF4W5M4WZU GaryS

    “Thanks to recent statistics, which say that close to half of all
    Americans believe extraterrestrial visitation of Earth is underway”

    Sure would like to see those statistics. I know of no one who believes this, and I know a lot of people. I know of no one in the scientific world who believes this to be true. What I do hear is a few people who smile and giggle and say such a thing is possible, they guess.

    I suppose if you put up an anonymous online poll you might get very high numbers, but this is because people would view the poll as entertainment. If you took a camera and a clipboard and asked people directly, and for the record, if they truly believe that space aliens are currently and actively visiting the earth… you’d be lucky to find 10%. Unless, of course, you conducted the interviews on a playground.

    I am not saying that people have not sighted “UFOs.” I’m not even suggesting it. I’m merely saying that the opening statement is absolute hogwash.

  • Dan

    Those who have not witnessed or experienced should remember they only share their opinions… Those who use the scientific community as their only means of defense towards opinion or conjecture are delusional and small minded. 

  • me#6

    A great many people will admit privately what they fear to say publicly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Calkins/48610782 Justin Calkins

    So because the group of people you associate with think one way  you can some how extrapolate it to the population? THAT sounds like hogwash. Unless you know 150million people your point bears no weight!… Also it sure seems like ancient aliens and other shows on the topic broadcast on history/science/discovery seem to be pulling in some HUGE ratings.
    It’s like saying me and everybody i know doesn’t believe in god. That statistic that shows 80% of people do believe in god must be wrong.
    Also perhaps you do know people who believe we are being visited but after seeing you stance would they ever tell you what they truly believe. I doubt it. People really don’t like to be criticized and mocked friends with closed minds.
    I don’t claim to know what UFOs are but I do know they are real. And one of the most logical answers is alien visitors. Could it be some of the other possibilities like government experimental vehicles or an unknown natural phenomenon ABSOLUTELY! But to blindly write something off is an unintelligent way to approach an unexplained phenomenon .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Calkins/48610782 Justin Calkins

    “bearing remarkable similarity to psychedelic visionary experiences”

    I don’t know what psychedelics he is referring to but a Vast majority of
    reported UFO cases bear NO similarity to psychedelic visionary
    experiences. How does a radar operator tracking a object traveling
    thousands of miles per hour resemble a psychedelic visionary
    experiences? Pilots , Military officials, even presidents have reported
    their UFO sightings and not a 1 is in anyway similar psychedelic
    visionary experiences. Unless you think those reliable sources were
    tripping or imagining things… that seems like a bit of a stretch.

  • M. L.

    I think i fould the truth here in this cartoon, looks like meat is on the menue lol http://www.cafepress.com/raunchygear.493306439   Ther not probing us ther checking to see if the turkeys are done ……. lol

  • Jeff Davis

    I really do not believe that semantics has a thing to do with successful “disclosure”. If we ask them just the right way, they might tell us what exactly? Possibly that they are completely powerless over them and have NO CLUE as to their actual intent?

    Yet supposedly our government (and everyone else as well) have helicopters chasing triangles and jets scrambling to routinely intercept the latest saucer sighting all to utterly futile ends. It just does NOT seem like an amicable relationship to me no matter how many times I re-read the adventures of Ike at Holloman AFB.  

    IMO, bottom line, these things have been here ever since the beginning of mankind’s state of affairs and until they decide to pay us a direct visit on national TV or just up an annihilate us all and move on in, we will NEVER know more than we presently do apart from more reported information.

    UFOs represent non human intelligence. This being whether those UFOs/USOs are from the next dimension over, whether it took them the last 10,000 years to get here in mass, or whether they have been here the whole time as a distinctly separate undisclosed species or race. What they sport (don’t you love the way us humans personify everything) appear as  exceptionally advanced technological machines to us puny humans, that seem eons ahead of where we are at with respect for our own technical advancement. Because we have not already been attacked by them and because they “seem” so technically advanced to us, we assume they are benign. That’s called making sense of “things” and is most likely the most dangerous thing we can all do at this point. Stay alert.

    Trust me when I tell you if they (the whoever) want us to know, we will KNOW and our government will have little more success divulging as much, or controlling the situation, as they have had in their efforts to catch or shoot down a UFO thus far.

    We have ZERO choice but to wait patiently and pay attention to every UFO detail possible. Remember that last word in that last sentence as the possibilities as to the who/what/where/when with respect for UFOs is truly endless.

  • R. A.

    While asking them, one might ponder the fact that they are there to be asked. Unlike similar peoples in just about any other example you could have chosen.