This is where you are expected to put on your Art Bell tin-foil hat and have some fun with this. No opinions will be ridiculed. Check that. Likely ridicule is the point.
Let me state my point of view which will be riddled with enough holes to fly a fleet of UFOs through: Maybe. I mean, “maybe” is the most enthusiasm I can come up with. But there are people who really believe. And there are certainly some interesting reports on sitings of something from credible witnesses. [Insert your favorite anecdote here.]
This is a subject similar to “climate change.” It can never be disproved because the idea works like a scaffolding upon which you can throw any idea. And everything sticks because the threshold of proof is low or non-existent.
Parse this subject as you will. The universe is a big one. If we are here it makes sense that others could be elsewhere, perhaps in close enough proximity to have visited us. I like one intrepid commentor to that article who quotes the Bible as evidence of visitations:
“3.14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.
“3.15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel a bib, that dwelt by the river Che-bar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them for seven days.”
(Ezekiel, “The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel,” ‘The Old Testament,’ circa 1000 BCE.)
We all know about those South American figures (the Nazca Lines) that can best be seen only from the sky. I’ve always put that in the category of “interesting” or “suggestive.” But I think men built the pyramids. I don’t think alien technology helped the Egyptians to levitate the stone blocks. (Hmmm…why do they call it the Leviathan?)
Many commentors mentioned that aliens have interbred with earthlings. One quipped, “so true – AOC was one that didn’t take – alien and jackass.” That’s the spirit of the thing right there. Or maybe that’s not such a crazy idea.
There is the common “just add water” theory of life. If a planet has water, given time, it must produce advanced space aliens who can fly through interstellar space (or bypass it altogether using wormholes or whatever). The pervasiveness of Darwinism is the cause of that. It is another scaffolding upon which you can throw any idea. And everything sticks because the threshold of proof is low or non-existent.
But life is a function of information. Water is merely (as far as we know) a necessary component but hardly the decisive or directing one. Is there a place in all the universe more amenable to life than our Earth? And yet nowhere do we see life bubbling out of water. We see only life in its complete forms. Never half forms or quarter-forms — as you would expect if the “just add water” theory is correct.
Still, it’s possible Earth has been seeded by an alien culture. Maybe there really is a hierarchy of Gods as the Hindus understand it. Our “Gods” would be whatever alien race seeded the Earth. Their “Gods” would be whoever created them until you get presumably to God Almighty who started the whole thing going.
There is much to be said for the “seeded Earth” theory. For over a billion years there was apparently nothing on Earth but single-celled bacteria (blue-green algae). Then there was the Cambrian Explosion. Could that have been no more than the aliens accidentally tipping over a pack of seeds? All gardeners have done that a time or two.
So whadda you think?
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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