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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > Nov/Dec 2018 > Aliens and UFOs: What They Tell Us about Ourselves

Aliens and UFOs: What They Tell Us about Ourselves


People are weird about aliens and UFOs. The topic is perennially fascinating, know. I have been involved with it nearly my entire career. But it’s one of those subjects where hope, wishful thinking, and unfettered speculation seem to overwhelm reason, facts, and evidence. The gap between what we know scientifically and what devout enthusiasts for aliens and UFOs believe or think they know is about as vast as the universe itself. Astronomers have been searching for any signs of extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe for six decades now, so far to no avail. But proponents assume not only that we have found them but that aliens are ubiquitous and love buzzing Earth in an amazing variety of spaceships with occupants that vary in great detail yet all seem suspiciously humanoid. It is both too much imagination and not enough imagination all at once.

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