Secular Researchers’ Findings that UFO Activity is Not Extraterrestrial in Origin
I’ll be sharing a few quotes from the very famous but now deceased scientist Carl Sagan. And I want to point out first that Dr. Sagan was not a debunker on the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. He was a strong supporter of the SETI project (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), and his book “Contact” was the basis of the major motion picture by the same name. The story was of first contact with an extraterrestrial race, which happened through the means of a signal from aliens received by SETI. According to Dr. Carl Sagan, “The available evidence strongly suggests that the origins of life should occur given the initial conditions and a billion years of evolutionary time.”
Now, many Christians in general, myself included, do not believe in the theory of evolution. My point is simply showing that despite being friendly to the possibility of extra-terrestrial life having evolved elsewhere in the universe, when Carl Sagan extensively studied the details about the large numbers modern reports of UFOs which he had access to, he called it psuedo-science.
“pseudosciences… pseudoscientific doctrines… that alien beings from distant worlds visit the Earth with casual impunity.”
(Dr. Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, pg 43)
He did not find it rational to believe that aliens were visiting us with what he called “casual impunity.” He also wrote,
“A 1969 Study by the National Academy of Sciences, while recognizing there are reports “not easily explained,” concluded that “the least likely explanation of UFOs is the hypothesis of extraterrestrial visitations by intelligent beings… Think of how many other “explanations” there might be: time travelers; demons… tourists from another dimension… the souls of the dead;… Each of these “explanations” has been seriously proffered…. “Least likely” is really saying something.”
(Dr. Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, pp 93-94)
Arthur C. Clark was a British science fiction author and inventor, who held degrees in both mathematics and physics. He is famous for his short stories and novels, among them “2001: A Space Odyssey”. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke were known as the “Big Three” of science fiction. Clarke was and is arguably one of the most famous science fiction authors of all time. He said:
“One theory which can no longer be taken very seriously is that UFOs are interstellar spaceships.”
I think it’s fair to say he probably made a chunk of change writing about aliens visiting earth, as fictional, but he also honestly didn’t think what we earthlings are currently experiencing actually was aliens from space either.
Here’s from someone you may not have heard of, but from the book One in Forty I mentioned earlier. Non-Christian author Preston Dennit says,
“It cannot be denied that there is a connection between UFO encounters and psychic phenomena… UFO abductees have reported being plagued with all sorts of paranormal manifestations following their UFO experience…. objects moving by themselves, … ghostly footsteps, apparitions, doors opening and closing by themselves, precognitive dreams, telepathy, telekinesis — the list is endless… Many ufologists ignore this aspect of ufology in an attempt to draw the subject out of the occult…They refuse to use all the evidence presented to make a theory which explains all aspects of the reported phenomena. Instead they choose those aspects that would prove their theory, while ignoring the evidence that contradicts their theory… UFOs will never be explained until the psychic aspect of UFOs is also explained.”
One in Forty – The UFO Epidemic: True Accounts of Close Encounters with UFO’s pg 269
Dr. Jacques Vallee, one of the pioneers of secular UFO researchers, worked partly with the U.S. government along with Project Blue Book’s Hynek. You might call Vallee and Hynek the founding fathers of scientific UFO study. Vallee is the author of 10 books on the scientific study UFOs, he helped coin the phrase in the 1970’s “the inter-dimensional hypothesis” to explain UFO activity.
You don’t know you know him, but Vallee was the inspiration for the scientist character in Stephen Spielberg’s movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
In a Conspire.com interview, Vallee expressed that he thought some external force was causing people what he called “induced hallucinations.”
“…it’s quite possible that some of the stories that you get from people are essentially induced hallucinations in sincere witnesses – the witnesses are not lying. They really have been exposed to something genuine…”
It’s not that the UFO witnesses were lying (he said) but that only they saw something that wasn’t really there, at least in the physical sense of a nuts and bolt saucer.
Valle, pictured here with Dr Hynek presented to the United Nations on their UFO research in 1978, wrote,
“The ‘medical examination’ to which abductees are said to be subjected, often accompanied by sadistic sexual manipulation, is reminiscent of the medieval tales of encounters with demons. It makes no sense in a sophisticated or technical framework: any intelligent being equipped with the scientific marvels that UFOs possess would be in a position to achieve any of these alleged scientific objectives in a shorter time and with fewer risks.”
(Dr. Jacques Vallee CONFRONTATIONS: A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact pg. 13)
John Keel, an influential journalist and ufologist, and the author of The Mothman Prophecies (the basis of the film by the same name) wrote succinctly,
“The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon.”
(John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse pg. 299)
Which brings us to our third point:
Part 3: Overview of Reasons Many Christians Think the Phenomena is Demonic/Fallen Angels