Asking someone if they believe in aliens might seem like an innocent enough question, but it’s actually really loaded. Believing in the possibility of extraterrestrial life existing somewhere is definitely not the same as believing in abductions, flying saucers and government cover-ups. As many UFO fans celebrate the anniversary of Roswell, consider this: how come there have been fewer reports flying saucers and alien abductions in the age of the camera phone? Many true-believers of little grey aliens consider July 8, 1947 to be a seminal moment, as it was the official date of the so called-“Roswell Incident”. According to lore, alleged real aliens crashed in Roswell, New Mexico and were quickly hidden by the US government. If you believe that alien visitors did in fact crash land on US soil on that date, that’s okay. But consider this: most of the eye-witness accounts of the Roswell crash are not only contradictory, they also don’t provide any kind of scientific body of information for anyone study. In his 1975 essay “The Rocketing Dutchman,” Isaac Asimov elucidated the problem with considering only eye-witness accounts as “proof” of flying saucers. “Eyewitness evidence by a small number of people uncorroborated by any other sort of evidence is worthless,” Dr. Asimov wrote. “There is not a single mystical belief that is not supported by numerous cases of eyewitness evidence.” As Asimov explained, real scientific inquiry requires impartial data. Of course, devotees and fans of the X-Files who have mistaken it for a series of non-fiction documentaries will tell you that the lack of evidence supports the existence of a cover-up. Asimov calls this kind of circular argumentation “one of the chief delights of the intellectually feeble.” In recent years, the phenomena of flying saucer sighting and alien abduction accounts have been viewed more soberly as sociological human quirks rather than fuzzy science fake-news. Writer Jack Womack explained that his collection of UFO ephemera, and cheekily titled 2016 book Flying Saucers are Real! were an attempt to catalog the beliefs of those obsessed with outlandish accounts.
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