A couple of days ago, my husband and I went out to dinner with some friends as well as some friends of friends that my husband knew slightly but that I didn't know at all. The conversation inevitably turned to politics, and the evolution of the presidential campaign.
My husband said that he had voted for Edwards in the primary election, but of course that was before we knew about Edwards' ethical problems. I said that I had voted for Kucinich, but of course that was before we knew about his UFO sightings.
The friends-of-friends exchanged glances and one of them said "I've seen a UFO" and the other one said "So have I", and then they launched into their UFO sighting story. Despite the fact that they were living near a major military base at the time of the sighting, they believe that the flying object that hovered over their house was not military-related and that it was most likely extraterrestrial because it hovered, "displayed curiosity", then left quickly. They did not see it, but they saw its lights.
Well, I wasn't about to argue at a social dinner about what they saw or didn't see, but despite having at least one step-relative who has been abducted (and quickly returned) by aliens, the stereotypical scientist in me just can't accept the deduction of hovering-lights-that-display-curiosity = extraterrestrial visitors. Aren't there more simple explanations?
For me, this was more of a conversation-stopper than if the friends-of-friends had revealed that they held violently different political views than my own. I can talk to Republicans.. but can I talk to UFO believers? I decided it would be worse if they had said that dinosaurs and humans had both walked the Earth at the same time but then the flood came to punish sinners and then much later God sent a tsunami and a hurricane to punish more sinners. That would be worse.
So the evening continued, though we did not return to the topic of politics, it somehow having become connected in a strange way to whether or not we each believe that extraterrestrials hover over our homes at night to study us.
If the aliens are studying us, I hope at least that they are collecting systematic data, taking good notes, making interesting graphs, and publishing their results.
5 weeks ago