Alien Abduction
Alien Abduction

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Alien Abduction

16 Sep , 2010 by


Whether though popular culture, or some kind of mass delusion, many people believe they have been abducted by aliens. Universe Today is a science-based website, and our position is that there is no reliable evidence to show that any kind of alien visitation or abduction has ever happened. There’s no physical evidence or proof, and until that turns up, we have to assume there’s a simpler, more logical reason to explain why people believe they have been abducted by aliens.

Alien abduction stories are similar. People remember being taken against their will by alien entities, and moved to some kind of spacecraft. In many cases they’re held prisoner, while their abductors perform medical experiments. And then they’re released, returned to their home with only their memories of the event, and no hard evidence to back up their story.

The aliens doing the abductions are similar to popular culture aliens seen in science fiction. They can appear as grey aliens with large heads (the greys), or Nordic-looking humans, reptilians, or beings of pure energy.

If the cause isn’t actual alien abduction, what’s going on here? Scientists and health professionals have many explanations: hallucinations, sleep disorders, mental disease, and sometimes they’re just making stuff up. Stories of abduction have been around for hundreds of years, but the nature of the stories have changed depending on popular culture. Long ago, it was demons, not aliens, where were abducting humans and performing experiments on them.

There are several programs looking for evidence of actual aliens. The SETI program (or Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is scanning the skies, looking for evidence of alien radio signals. And powerful telescopes are now under development that may be able to detect the evidence of an alien civilization through how it pollutes its atmosphere.

In case you’re worried about getting abducted by aliens, you can actually purchase alien abduction insurance from several companies around the world. Of course, it’s up to the policy holder to actually prove they were abducted.

We have written many articles about alien abduction for Universe Today. Here’s an article about the truth about NASA’s UFO videos, and here’s an article about the UFO sightings.

If you’d like more info on Aliens, check out an article about the Alien Earth Exhibit, and here’s a link to NASA’s Ask an Astrobiologist FAQs.

We’ve also recorded an entire episode of Astronomy Cast all about the Aliens. Listen here, Episode 39:Astrology and UFOs.

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Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

1 Response

  1. Jim Krug says:

    A few points of contention on this article.

    1. [b]Re: “There is no evidence.”[/b]
    Not so. Even prior to man being able to travel into space, we already knew Earth’s place in the solar system, and the order of the planets. How so? First-hand observation, i.e. the 2nd step of the scientific method.

    So although we do not yet have the technology to travel to other stars to see if they are inhabited for sure, that doesn’t mean we should overlook the strikingly similar OBSERVATIONS made by people for hundreds of years.

    If you truly want to follow the scientific method, you can’t pick and choose which observations you want to consider, and which to ignore. Let the method sort out how valid they are, not your own presumptions.

    2. [b]Re: SETI[/b]
    Don’t hold your breath waiting for SETI to make the discovery of ET life. It’s not going to happen. In his book [i]The Eerie Silence[/i], SETI scientist Paul Davies admits that their first protocol upon receiving that elusive ET signal is to inform the government, and allow them to decide the best means of distribution.

    Since the governments of the world- particularly the US- have gone out of their way to squelch any discussion of extraterrestrials since the 1960’s, don’t count on them to pass the information on.

    Secondly, SETI scientists are as guilty as anyone of not following the scientific method. They ASSUME that ET communications will come through an interstellar electromagnetic message, so they immediately dismiss any and all other forms of potential ET communication, including crop circles that have been made right next to some of their radio telescopes in England.

    If you want legitimate scientists that actually follow the scientific method always- rather than just when it suits them- SETI is not the place to look.

    JIm Krug

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