Alien visitation

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Throughout history, some people have claimed experiences that are the supposed results of Alien Visitation. While some of the factors of extraterrestrial visits range in variety, the basic structure stays the same, motivating further research into the topic.

Overview[edit]

Alien Visitation refers to an intentional encounter between an extraterrestrial being to a human. For Alien Visitation to be considered a real issue among researchers, extraterrestrials must be proven to have a valid motivation for visiting, and the encounter must be scientifically possible and probable. As of now, theories have been put forth by various researchers regarding the validity of alien visitation. However, the only large-scale research effort has come from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, which focuses singularly upon scientific plausibility for extraterrestrial visitation.

Motive[edit]

The motive for extraterrestrial visitations can be classified into three subsections: 1) Attempt to influence the future of humanity 2) Attempt to warn or enlighten, and 3) Experimental use. Through this definition, one can begin to better understand the phenomena.

Attempt to influence the future of humanity[edit]

According to ancient astronaut hypothesis, a hypothesis that is considered among devotees, extraterrestrials had been active in the affairs of early man.[1] Furthermore, Erich Von Däniken, a leading ancient astronaut proponent, believes that the deities of ancient cultures were attempts at explaining alien visitation.[2] While many discount Von Däniken’s hypothesis as purely speculative, the ancient astronaut hypothesis has gained supporters, although few within the scientific community. According to ancient astronaut devotees, proof of alien visitations in antiquity are found prevalently in patterns of art, technology, and engineering. To them, the Moai statues on Easter Island, the Pyramids of Egypt, and Stonehenge can all be easily explained through the ancient astronaut hypothesis. They also argue that the technological advances in antiquity are the result of alien visitation, citing unaccounted for invention and abnormal historical surges in technology as proof for their claims. The ancient astronaut hypothesis suggests that the motive for alien visitation is to influence the future of mankind. In fact, some ancient astronaut proponents even mention the cause of World War II and the atomic bomb as effects of alien visitation and activity.[3] Although main stream science and historians dismiss these claims as make believe, they do provide ample motive for a supposed alien visitation.

Attempts to warn or enlighten[edit]

Rather than hypothetically or historically based, this proposed motive for alien visitation is based on alien abduction accounts. According to most supposed alien abductees, an abduction session is always concluded with an instructional portion, where the extraterrestrials show supposed abductees one of three different scenarios. Generally, the "abductee" is shown either 1) a world destroyed by war and pestilence, 2) a result of extraterrestrial technological advancement or 3) a specific duty to perform. Many times, the "abductee" is shown multiple scenarios.[4] According to ancient astronaut proponents, these modern abduction accounts fit the ancient astronaut narrative, claiming that the instructional portion carries many similarities to ancient prophecies or oracle sessions.[5] In particular the revealing of extraterrestrial technology fits with the narrative of extraterrestrials assisting in human advancement. Although the sources (abductees) are not always reliable, their testimonies provide a valuable motive for the phenomena of alien visitation.

Experimental use[edit]

Another facet of abductee testimonial, which provides motive for alien visitation, is the use of experimentation. In nearly all alien abductee experiences, the abductee recalls being examined upon. Reportedly, the examinations are generally centered around the human sex organs, while focus is also put on the cranium and skin.[6] This experimentation process leads some to believe that the motive for extraterrestrial visitation is to use human body functions to either: 1) save their own race 2) help our race to survive or 3) genetically alter the human gene pool in order to serve their own purposes.[7]

Scientific support[edit]

Although, many theorists have attempted to provide explanations for alien visitation, no mainstream scientific evidence exists.

SETI Institute research[edit]

Much of the research that has been performed regarding the topic of alien visitation within the last few decades has been through the SETI Institute. According to SETI’s website, their mission is to “explore, understand and explain the origin, nature, and prevalence of life in the universe”.[8] This research helps to find scientific basis for the phenomena of alien visitation.[original research?] One major point of evidence that the SETI institute has used is the Drake Equation, formulated by Dr. Frank Drake (a board member of the SETI institute). The Drake Equation states that N = R* · fp · ne · fl · fi · fc · L, where N is the number of civilizations in the galaxy, R* is the rate of formation for stars suitable for intelligent life, fp is the fraction of those stars that have planetary systems, ne is the number of planets per solar system with similar environments to Earth, fl is the fraction of those planets where life actually occurs, fc is the fraction of civilizations that are technologically advanced enough to have contact, and L is the length of time that this contact is put out.[9] Basically, this equation causes SETI to point to the fact that there is a very large chance that there is intelligent life in the Universe.

Other evidence[edit]

Many skeptics point to the fact that the SETI institute has yet to make contact with extraterrestrials throughout decades of research, and that the notion of intergalactic space travel is, according to our day and age, technologically impossible.[10] According to extraterrestrial “believers,” the scientific evidence provided that discounts the alien visitation narrative is futile. They point out the fact that about 5-6 percent of the human population may have been abducted by aliens, and that out of interviewed abductees, nearly all follow the same pattern and narrative.[11] Also, many abductees exhibit psychological difference, or even physical alterations, much of which are associated with the abduction narrative described.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See section on Ancient Astronauts in The Human Myth: an Introduction to Anthropology by Michael D. Olien, Harper & Row, 1978
  2. ^ Lieb, Michael (1998). Children of Ezekiel: Aliens, Ufos, the Crisis of Race, and the Advent of End Time. Duke University Press. p. 250
  3. ^ Von Däniken, Erich (1984). Chariots of the Gods. Berkley Pub Group.
  4. ^ Bullard, Thomas E. "The Rarer Abduction Episodes." In: Pritchard, Andrea & Pritchard, David E. & Mack, John E. & Kasey, Pam & Yapp, Claudia. Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference. Cambridge: North Cambridge Press, 1994. Pp. 72-74.
  5. ^ Von Däniken, Erich (1984). Chariots of the Gods. Berkley Pub Group.
  6. ^ Miller, John G. "Medical Procedural Differences: Alien Versus Human." In: Pritchard, Andrea & Pritchard, David E. & Mack, John E. & Kasey, Pam & Yapp, Claudia. Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference. Cambridge: North Cambridge Press, 1994. pp. 59–64
  7. ^ Randles, J; Pritchard A; Pritchard DE; Mack JE; Kasey P & Yapp C (1994). "Why are They Doing This?". Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference. Cambridge: North Cambridge Press. pp. 69–70.
  8. ^ Our Mission. seti.org. http://www.seti.org/about-us
  9. ^ Drake Equation. Seti.org. http://www.seti.org/drakeequation
  10. ^ Zubrin, Robert (1999). Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. Tarcher / Putnam.
  11. ^ Rodeghier, Mark. "Who is an Abductee? A Set of Selection Criteria for Abductees." In: Pritchard, Andrea & Pritchard, David E. & Mack, John E. & Kasey, Pam & Yapp, Claudia. Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference. Cambridge: North Cambridge Press, 1994. Pp. 22.
  12. ^ Nielsen, R (2007-01-23). "Alien Abduction: The Need for Healing". UFO Digest. Retrieved 2011-11-01.