UFO Reports Increase: Why Do So Many Believe?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"President Obama is a Muslim!" ... "The U.S. government was involved in the attacks on 9/11!" ... "Area 51 is full of little green men!"

We've all heard conspiracy theories with no basis in observable fact; it's that last one we're looking at today. 2010 has seen a significant increase in UFO sightings, and according to various polls, around a fifth of all Americans believe in aliens. Why? We discusses the evolution of belief systems and irrational thoughts with Professor William Ramsey, specialist in philosophy of the mind and cognitive science and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Comments [22]

Dear Timothy Hines,
You are my hero! Thank you so speaking so eloquently on our behalf. They will never be able to erase what we saw, I would totally go back if I could, this is a lonely business, even your family doubts at times and one cannot blame them. We saw a black traingle and much more and it haunts me almost more now over 20 years later, especially considering how many times aliens come up in a day whether on TV, books, magazines, movies, etc. I thank you for speaking up with such conviction for those of us unfortunate ones as you so eloquently put it who have seen something we were never meant to, and are forced to live a reality that most people will never know. I am grateful it has taught me that there is way more beyond our every day lives than we will ever imagine.
Thanks again,
Have a wonderful life, and never stop looking up!

Mar. 06 2011 04:33 PM
Sandy from Washington State

Like Me Ramsey said, "...we just aren't good at interpreting or figuring things out on our own"... "...wanting to believe in something because it makes us feel good". Insulting that he insinuates his belief to be rational; thereby assuming they are more correctly interpreted beliefs (which, no doubt, make him feel good). On the other hand we are uniquely individualistic libertarian people who do a lousey job of choosing who to listen to. I wasted 7 minutes .

Oct. 07 2010 06:47 AM
Rick Evans from Taxachusetts

UFO reports increase in proportion to humans increasing sense of self importance. So much for the Copernican scientific revolution.

Oct. 06 2010 10:35 AM
oyu from NOVA

If you wanted to colonize a planet, you must first become biologically compatible. The only way is to grow or alter existing biologically similar life, to eventually alter your own biology to become capable of living on the planet.
Like your own body biologically rejecting even very similar biological matter, such as an organ or synthetic implants or transplants. It is imperative that your own immune system be perfectly tuned to the environment.
You can also grow or alter life to help create and or alter natural and synthetic environments and create technology to help facilitate your eventual colonization.

Oct. 05 2010 05:43 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

I think there's a high probability that life exists on other planets or asteroids or in space itself. I haven't seen proof of it. I think Area 51 is a test field for new aircraft designs and weapons. I'm 50/50 split on the Roswell incident. I love sci-fi but outside fiction I haven't seen telling evidence that intelligent life has visited or is visiting the Earth. If they could make it all the way here why would they hide themselves so poorly? Why take so long to figure out how we'd react to their presence? Or how the government could possibly restrict their movement or communication with the rest of us? Humanity has never been good at containing secrets. I've been expecting a "Rosenberg" to let us in on the schematics of this conspiracy but no one has appeared in 50+ years. The other people commenting here sound a little crazy.

Oct. 01 2010 01:34 PM

This constant disinformation wrapped up in the subject of UFOs is the automatic linking to "space aliens."

There are enough companies, institutions, and industries on Earth with technologies that are kept secret.... we Know that governments and militarists lie in order to keep those secrets.

It would seem pretty obvious to anyone who can tell the difference between fact and movie fiction the the "space alien" angle only benefits those who keep certain technologies secret.

I'd even go as far as to say that IF there were suddenly news of "space aliens" suddenly come down and either want to "save" us or attack us --- it will be all as fake as the cover story of 9/11; however, I fear that misanthropy is so widespread on Earth, most people WANT the "Aliens" to come and save/kill us.

People believe in the "space aliens" like they believe in the 2nd coming of Christ!

Oct. 01 2010 09:52 AM
Paranormal Unlimited from Paranormal Unlimited, PA

Bobby, you are on top of it - HAARP is a huge issue right now and we are following it on our website - Look for HAARP to be a very prominent story... as far as increased UFO sightings, this is to be expected. There are so many things in the sky - between sattelite parts and chinese lanterns and balloons - it is expected to see an increase - it's the multiple sightings that we concentrate on...

Sep. 29 2010 08:48 AM

I'm more interested in what HAARP is actually used for. It does exist, it's in the forrest in Alaska.

And how come the planes that hit the twin towers are the first in history to never have their black boxes recovered? They crashed in the middle of a heavily populated area. A plane crashes in the middle of the ocean and sinks they can still get the black box.

Sep. 29 2010 02:58 AM

That's ridiculous, UFOs obviously exist. That doesn't mean that there are aliens controlling these UFOs. They are just Unidentified Flying Objects!!! Probably military. Just saying.

Sep. 29 2010 01:32 AM

i like how you incorrectly assumed that everyone who believes claims they have either seen a ufo or have been abducted. or how believers take every sighting of a strange light in the sky as a fact proving extra terrestrial life exists.

too bad you didn't talk about the actual facts told to us by ex-members of the government you said we should whole heartedly trust... kinda like the npc conference you mentioned in the beginning, but conveniently forgot about in the end.

i also liked how you remembered to be polite and respectful to your guest, and kindly thanked him for his time at the end of the show.

Sep. 29 2010 01:29 AM
dahlimama from Rochester

ufo's and 9/11, Why would anyone question either of those? How dare they not be the good little sheep they are expected to be and believe what the government says they should?After all,our government would never lie to us! NEVER! Saddam was trying to by aluminum tubes and yellow cake for the purpose of making nuclear weapons. I know for a fact that building seven world trade center must have been derelict and ready to fall on it's own any day. I mean how else could it crash to the ground with little involvement in the actual 9/11 attack?

Sep. 28 2010 11:54 PM
The kid

The question is why don't more people believe in ETs. It's becoming more plausible everyday. You think for 70 years people have been halucinating and these UFOs don't exist? Our earth isn't alone and there is more space to explore. The possibilities are endless. Aliens exist! It's just a matter of time before the proof is released. Odd how all of the sudden this disclosure stuff started to happen. You think we are all just being conditioned for when the announcement or release of classified files?

Sep. 28 2010 08:06 PM
Jeff Vachon

Many astronauts, pilots, physicists, astronomers, police, governors and even presidents Carter, Truman and Reagan, among others, have admitted they have seen UFOs. Of course, to prevent ridicule, many people stop short of saying they are extraterrestrial as they should. Unless they come down and introduce themselves it's unlikely to make such statements with absolute certainty.

Sep. 28 2010 06:29 PM
Amanda Berry from Cardiff. UK

Actually I doubt anyone who has seriously looked into the subject of UFOs believes they are full of "little green men". If they were they wouldn't be "unidentified". Also the term "little green men" is usually only used by bad journalists as a way a ridiculing the subject without doing any proper research.

Secondly the idea UFOs are of ET origin isn't a belief in itself, its a hypothesis or a theory which unlike many religious beliefs is supported by evidence. Evidence doesn't need to be conclusive in order to form a theory. It simoly needs to point in a certain direction. There are scientific theories accepted as fact based on equally shaky evidence.

So being open minded doesn't constitute belief. In fact the true believers are those who are closed minded, that goes beyond scepticism because they've already made up their mind. They believe the universe is a certain way and ignore evidence to the contrary. Why should they look at the evidence, or take the subject seriously? A belief doesn't require evidence and neither does the bad journalist when he/she can preach to the choir. lol

Sep. 28 2010 06:25 PM
Joseph Capp from New York City

Dear writer,
You have it completely turn inside out on UFOs. The question should be why don't science really investigate UFOs. If you had anything else filmed and tracked by radar shooting nukes and taking down whole silos. If you had Ben Rick the most talented and brightest engineers in our country confess on his deathbed about any other subject but UFOs,. scientist would listen with respect. Instead we have people like you writing articles that lump some of the most credible people in with nut jobs. It's very disrespectful to the pilots, police astronauts, and other professionals who risk ridicule by people like you when they come forward. People who investigate by proclamation as your Professor will do are a disgrace to the scientific profession and the objectivity it was founded on. Until they get their asses of of a computer and go into the field I have no respect for any of them.
Joe Capp
UFO Media Matters
Non-Commercial Blog

Sep. 28 2010 05:35 PM
Timothy Hines

My wife and I watched a silent black triangle the size of a mini-van with lights at the corners fly absolutely silently fifty feet over the tops of our heads. We watched it and had conversation about it as it flew a few blocks and made a sky turn with no inertia and no drift, above the intersection and follow one of the branching streets. It took off at rocket speed with no sound and no perceived interaction with the environment. I will not argue what we saw. We know we saw a craft of technological basis, created by something other than nature, doing things that we are told are not possible.

Since this experience, we have discovered that black triangles are seen many times a week all over the world.

To hell with psychological bs from people who have not seen what we have seen. Which brings me to my point. There are only two camps, as far as we are concerned. 1) Those who have experienced a UFO up close, and 2) Those who have not.

Of those who have not, we were once there. I was a profound skeptic. "Whether or not," is not an issue for people such as us. "Why," and "what do they want," is all that matters to us. We didn't ask for this. I don't believe in the mangy coyote fantasy of the Southwest. I don't believe in bigfoot. I don't have a tinfoil hat hat tucked in a drawer. If we could go back in time, I would stay home and not go to that street corner. This is hell to see people like us trashed by "some" with a clear agenda to do the defense attorney practice of creating reasonable doubt so we will go about our business. So, to the others out there reading this that have experienced what we have, I say that you are not alone. They want you to forget it and go about your business. I fear what they will do to us that had the misfortune of observing something we were not meant to observe and are troubled by it and can't put it down. This article is bs in that it argues for why we might be inventing such experiences in our minds. Undoubtedly there are bi-polar people who see dragons. Those that don't want the majority to see, use this to create that reasonable doubt. Don't let them confuse you. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, you can't fool all of the people all of the time. And those of us who cannot be fooled are the eventual tipping point. To the rest of you who have not seen, I say your wits and senses will not help you crack the truth of this. There are some who are far more focused and have much greater skill at creating smoke and mirrors to confuse than you will ever comprehend. Good luck to you who hide the truth. You know that in the end, you will not be able to keep these secrets forever, though, right now, is all you are interested in.

Sep. 28 2010 05:13 PM
Snowflake70 from CA

Why do so many (Including myself)believe. I believe because I'm open minded. I'd like to think that is why the majority of others believe too. But, as with religion I'm afraid to think that many believe because they are "swayed" by yellow journalism (National Enquirer, Star tabloid types) and they are sheep that have become incapable of thinking for themselves bowing to peer pressure and simply don't want to be left out of a rising movement....


Sep. 28 2010 04:36 PM
Albert from Rutherford

Alien-believers and 9/11 Truthers go together. Wackjobs.

Sep. 28 2010 03:44 PM
william Galison from new york


I can't speak for the people who believe Obama is a Muslim but the reason people believe in UFO's is the same as the reason Edmund Hillary climbed Everest: because they are THERE.

Ask physicists like Michio Kaku, astronauts like Edhar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper, or a REAL journalist like Leslie Kean.

Or read today's news:


Your "I'm smarter than these ignorant peasants" tone only makes you look more ridiculous.

Sep. 28 2010 03:31 PM
John Dingleberry

What a snide, repugnant tone to this piece. The evidence is overwhelming that UFOs are real; there are literally hundreds of trained, responsible, very sane air force officers, commercial pilots, FAA controllers, law enforcement, etc who will attest. Even Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on the moon and bona-fide American Hero, said recently that he "knows for a fact" that aliens are real and that the US govt has been not only covering it up, but actively engaging some of them for 60 years.

The case for 9/11 being an inside job is even more overwhelming. Just talk to Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, or Pilots for 9/11 Truth, or Veterans for 9/11 Truth, etc etc etc.

If you consider yourself a patriot, it is you duty to seek truth and justice, no matter where the evidence leads!

Sep. 28 2010 03:05 PM
Erik from DC

They have been seen by millions. There is photographic and video evidence. There are sitings that have multiple witnesses in different locations with radar confirmation. You need to do a little more investigating before you call someone's thoughts irrational.

Sep. 28 2010 11:55 AM
Justin Mirarck from Denver

So many people believe in ET's because they are real. There is enough evidence to support this belief, just check out the disclosure project formed by Dr. Steven Greer. He has hours upon hours of video testimony from over 400 government, military, and intellegence community witnesses. For example, there is an air traffic control employee that has radar print outs of an aircraft travelling at speeds much faster than any human created object can accomplish.
I like this show a lot, but was very dissapointed with the bias in your coverage of this story. Please present the other side so the thousands of witnesses and believers do not feel alienated (pun intended).

Sep. 28 2010 09:54 AM

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