UFO culture and beliefs….why they’re so significant


(photo, courtesy of UFO Culture, The Christian Science Monitor)

Like the overwhelming majority of the world’s astronomers and scientists, I do not discount the possibility that we are not alone in the universe, even though we still have no definite evidence for it.

At the same time, however, the overwhelming, vast majority in the scientific community have been skeptical when it comes to UFOs as conclusive evidence that we have been (or are being) visited by physical aliens in physical alien spacecraft of any kind.

As far as I am concerned, the bottom line is that we have not yet been presented with any single globally accepted physical, tangible, solid, as well as irrefutable documentary evidence of such, so far.

And yet the UFO phenomenon seems to be real, according to researchers such as Dr. Jacques Vallee.

This is why I believe that the study of the UFO phenomenon definitely seems to have some intrinsic value.

Ufology is an important study and will continue to be so as long as the “UFO phenomenon” is not conclusively solved.

However, as for myself, I am more interested in the study of its culture and its diverse,  accompanying beliefs and the impact of such beliefs on society in general.

Such study (on UFO Culture and Beliefs) is far more interesting and significant than the seemingly illusive, never-ending pursuit of the UFO phenomenon itself.

As I have stated time and time again, the subject of “UFOs” is the most important subject matter that I can think of because it involves everything and even seems to affect one’s worldview.

It is a fascinating study about human psychology and the role of “beliefs” that poses the question what is reality?”

Yes, “UFOs” have become a social, cultural and psychological phenomenon.

Some even say that such beliefs are much needed for some folks who may feel the urge to believe in something or something that gives them a sense of “hope” (in tandem with religious beliefs), especially in these troubling, uncertain age of global economic, social and political crises.

Add to all this the role of the Internet.
The Internet has revolutionized how information as well as misinformation can be accessed instantaneously.
For many folks among a segment of the society,  the Internet has become a cesspool of totally unfounded “facts” created by hucksters and hoaxters so much so that even college-educated folks seem to fall into it.  Such hucksters and hoaxsters have become so skillful in their “art forms” that it is becoming harder and harder for many folks to distinguish what is true information and what is misinformation.

(Also add to all this those who are propagating the UFO Industry, i.e., some authors, some UFO talk show hosts and many UFO Conference promoters.)


(A clever and funny, sarcastic poster of a typical “UFO Conference” created by Claude Falkstrom – – CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT)


The UFO Industry – – the show must go on!!


A question was raised by a reader: “Norio, as a point of interest – –what evidence supporting extraterrestrial visitation do deem credible?”

My answer is:

The only evidence acceptable would be the revelation of their actual physical spacecraft (i.e., if the phenomenon is fully physical), along with the revelation of its occupants in front of the global press, the global scientific community and the public-at-large at a globally recognized and viewable venue (such as in the lawn of the White House, or in Central Park or any publicly recognized venue), along with the total live global TV simulcast coverage of the revelation.

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4 thoughts on “UFO culture and beliefs….why they’re so significant

  1. We are in a precarious position, because the psychological theory of UFO’s is that humans intrinsically look for meaning and significance in experiences and when meaning to life is lacking, as it has been in the modern era, humans will invent significance and meaning. Because of the loss of influence of religion in our culture and the rise of science as the authority, the meaning we invent took on a science-fiction theme, not angels, or ghosts, or demons, but aliens. If this is the case, we cannot trust our physical senses or our ability to reason. Humans are hardwired to invent, distort our thinking and our perceptions to create meaning. In order to be consistent with this theory, we must doubt everything reported or observed as a likely distortion. How can a person live with doubting everything others tell us? Working togethertoward common goals, engaging in contracts, relationships, partnerships, requires trust. If we cannot even trust our own thoughts and perceptions, how can we trust anything else? Life would not be livable. So logically, either UFO extraterrestrials exist or we must doubt everything including ourselves.

    The reason is, there are 10,000 UFO reports world wide every year. That is just the sightings that generated reports to authorities. 95% can be cast off as explainable by everyday events, balloons, kites, aircraft, stars, satellites, etc.. This leaves 500 reported sightings every year that are unexplainable by those events. These things don’t zip across the sky, stop and hover, before taking off at a totally different angle.

    With this existential dilemma in mind, we don’t just need hard evidence, we NEED hard evidence in order to be able to trust sense experiences as representing reality. It is sort of like entertaining atheism as an idea, although 85% of people believe in God and only 3% identify as atheists (the other 12% don’t know). It can drive you crazy if you think about “what if everything I’ve ever been taught is a lie/” Philosophers are left in what is called Decartian Syllopsism, a floating entity assured of it’s own existence but nothing else. We can say, although it is possible that all human beings are at least slightly insane, some more than others, it is more likely that we can trust our senses and logical necessity as real. Mathematical proofs are not just invented. Because something is possible, does not mean it is likely. By looking at the evidence, it appears extraterrestrials have visited our planet, but there is not incontrovertible proof of this.


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