I Ask: Do You Believe In Aliens?

I made a video a few days ago, and I accidently told the story about how I may or may not have been abducted by aliens as a teenager, but I didn’t post the video because I was too busy contemplating my feminist SAHM status and my cute toddler, and I was pretty sure that I would lose all post-zombie credibility.

But if I asked YOU if you believed in aliens and if you told me THE TRUTH, I could actually post the video (morphing it into a vlog-eo) and y’all would send hate letters to anyone who dared questioned my ability to function in the real world because it would be LIKE QUESTIONING YOURS.

Also because you’d know that the electrodes make me smarter.

So I ask: Do you believe in aliens?

Answer that makes me feel a little less crazy, which is impressive in and of itself. Mandy writes: Totally believe in aliens. Then again, I believe in fairies, the Loch Ness monster, Santa and Big Foot. I may not be the best person to defend you, but I’ll totally listen with rapt attention, nodding my head emphatically. The truth is out there…

Answer that made me smarter. The Mother writes:

That’s a two part question.

First part: Do you believe that the multiple alien sightings and abductions are proof of extraterrestrial life? Uh,no. I think it’s proof that the mind plays tricks on us. Lots of tricks. Some people more than others. It’s highly unlikely, for example, that an alien species would look anything like us, since they would have had a completely separate evolutionary path. They could, for example, have radial symmetry like the hydra. It’s also highly unlikely that anything advanced enough to get here would start their first conversation by abducting and experimenting on a drunk farmer in the midwest. They could just tap into our internet and learn everything they need to know.

Second part: Do you believe there COULD be intelligent life out there that might eventually make contact with us? Absolutely. It’s enormously egotistical to think that we are the only living things in the universe. The same processes that created us are at work in a hundred billion star systems in each of a hundred billion galaxies. Just because we have no evidence of it does not mean it didn’t happen elsewhere. It’s a vast universe and we only have direct experience of a tiny piece of it. As Neil Tyson DeGrasse says, claiming that there is no life because we have no evidence of it is like taking a cup full of water and saying, “See, no whales!” [I also think it’s fairly important to note that life advanced enough to get here is advanced enough to wipe us off the planet. Might be really important to decide whether they’re good guys or bad guys before we try to play.] If you would like to take a peek, there’s a video on the internet of a conversation between two of the leading science educators of our time, hashing around the idea of what extraterrestrial life might be. If nothing else, just bathing in the brilliance is worth the hour of your time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RExQFZzHXQ

Photo credit: Boxing Alien In The Snow, #2 by [F]oxymoron on Flickr Creative Commons

Also, Stay At Home Babe chose to repost an very old post of mine which is an entirely true account of an afternoon at the post office. Enjoy!
Your Baby Is Too Hazardous To Mail

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

32 thoughts on “I Ask: Do You Believe In Aliens?

  1. I believe in additional intelligent life but don’t think they are little green men. I think people that don’t believe in aliens are too caught up on themselves and slightly self important. I’ll defend you to any naysayer.

  2. Of course I believe in Aliens. And why not, they believe in us.

    If you look really close at that answer you’ll notice that I’m serious as a heart attack.

  3. I don’t believe in the little green men that come and abduct us out of our beds and do operations on us. Maybe there is living organisms on other planets. I always keep an open mind to things like this since I have never been to outer space yet I can’t 100% say they don’t have another race of beings living up there. But I hope they look better then what hollywood depicts them as.

    1. I totally read this: “I always keep an open mind to things like this since I have never been to outer space yet” like you are planning to go into space soon. Also, I hope they are better looking than the Hollywood depictions. I think they must feel that way as well. Or hope that we are better looking than our Hollywood depictions perhaps…

  4. That’s a two part question.

    First part: Do you believe that the multiple alien sightings and abductions are proof of extraterrestrial life?

    Uh,no. I think it’s proof that the mind plays tricks on us. Lots of tricks. Some people more than others.

    It’s highly unlikely, for example, that an alien species would look anything like us, since they would have had a completely separate evolutionary path. They could, for example, have radial symmetry like the hydra. It’s also highly unlikely that anything advanced enough to get here would start their first conversation by abducting and experimenting on a drunk farmer in the midwest. They could just tap into our internet and learn everything they need to know.

    Second part: Do you believe there COULD be intelligent life out there that might eventually make contact with us?

    Absolutely. It’s enormously egotistical to think that we are the only living things in the universe. The same processes that created us are at work in a hundred billion star systems in each of a hundred billion galaxies. Just because we have no evidence of it does not mean it didn’t happen elsewhere. It’s a vast universe and we only have direct experience of a tiny piece of it.

    As Neil Tyson DeGrasse says, claiming that there is no life because we have no evidence of it is like taking a cup full of water and saying, “See, no whales!”

    [I also think it’s fairly important to note that life advanced enough to get here is advanced enough to wipe us off the planet. Might be really important to decide whether they’re good guys or bad guys before we try to play.]

    If you would like to take a peek, there’s a video on the internet of a conversation between two of the leading science educators of our time, hashing around the idea of what extraterrestrial life might be. If nothing else, just bathing in the brilliance is worth the hour of your time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RExQFZzHXQ

    1. Loved this. Although I find myself loving all your comments.

      I haven’t been able to get through the whole video yet (not for lack of desire. mostly for the existence of children)… so far my favorite is “I will never require you to believe in anything” So thanks for the link.

      I agree and see from the other comments that I did ask two questions.

      But if these alien beings who could come to visit are so much more advanced than us, perhaps our tiny non-space traveling brains might not understand why a drunk farmer is a good place to start. Just sayin’ 😉

  5. Yes. But I believe in lots of things I can’t see.

    It just doesn’t seem like we’re smart enough to know for certain everything that’s out there based on our limited data.

    1. I believe in lots of things that I can’t see either. And I don’t believe in everything I do see. It’s all very confusing and philosophical and why I usually don’t respond to comments on a Saturday night

  6. I believe that the whole fucking infinite space beyond Earth is far too big to be so pompous as to think there’s NOTHING in existence but us. Do I believe in little green aliens in spaceships? Enh, I don’t really have any opinions about their technology, but I don’t think it’s beyond possibility that someone besides us figured out or will figure out how to get their asses off their rock. Bare minimum, there are almost certainly simple lifeforms on other planets. What a colossal waste of space if not.

    1. I loved this: What a colossal waste of space if not.

      It just gets to the point. And I kept thinking: holy crap it really would be.

      And I am still trying to get my butt off my chair so I’m pretty sure that I’m not leading the delegation off Earth

  7. Totally believe in aliens. Then again, I believe in fairies, the Loch Ness monster, Santa and Big Foot. I may not be the best person to defend you, but I’ll totally listen with rapt attention, nodding my head emphatically.

    The truth is out there…

    1. See? This is exactly what I need. Also, I have a Twitter friend who went to a town to research the recent Big Foot sighting… I need to get her to respond to this… and maybe be your friend.

      1. You can’t grow up in the Pacific NW and not believe in Sasquatch. My fifth grade teacher worked in a logging camp on St. Helens when he was younger. He had some pretty insane stories about things he saw around the camp that pointed to Big Foot.

        On a related note…when we visited Loch Ness during our honeymoon, I stood on the banks convinced I’d see Nessie. Nothing, but that’s probably ’cause she was feeling shy.

        As I often misquote to Chad, “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Chadwick, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

  8. um, yes. aliens. totally.
    i will do you one better. i am absolutely convinced that Tom Cruise’s body was taken over by aliens. this explains his unusual behavior on that Oprah episode. I mean, come on, aliens don’t know how to act on TV! Same with Will Smith and many others in hollywood. think about it, they only seem to do movies that involve aliens taking over the world anymore. don’t even get me started on the whole scientology thing. i also firmly believe that Suri Cruise is the first of the alien/human race. honestly, i will not watch any of his movies ever again for fear that aliens will penetrate my brain through the TV/movie medium. now who seems looney? you’re welcome.

  9. I believe in aliens but not Tom Cruise. I think he just gives them all a bad name and this is why they refuse to show themselves. It’s like those Real Housewives who aren’t really housewives or real by any stretch of the imagination but now the rest of us have to qualify what we do during the day lest someone think we’re off planning a $60,000 party and having out 4 nannies tend to our 2 children.
    I would like to see the vlog now please.

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