Personally, I havnt ever seen any convincing evidence of Extra terrestrial life full stop. Never mind evidence of ET life visiting earth. (Although i dont discount the possibility out of hand).
Sure iv seen some bizarre and compelling photo's of craft, lights etc (90% of which can be explanied quite simply i believe). But even though these are by their nature UNIDENTIFIED flying objects, its people who have labelled them extra terrestrial. Even if these pics to depict high tech areal vehicles, i think its just as, probably way more likely that these are human built, and flown machines.
Blurry triangles, shiny flat discs, strange floating orbs etc. None of these scream EXTRA TERRESTRIAL to me. And apart from this hap-hazard photographic "evidence", which is speculative and circumstantial at best, all we have is personal accounts from abductee's and contactee's. Now maybe this is just me and my general distrusting nature, but words are just words. Im not discounting these peoples stories, or calling em liars, but regardless of wither they are genuine contactee's, liars, or mentally challenged i dont even wanna hear thier claims as i have no way of confirming the scientific truth behind their claims, wither they are real or not.
So, where does a guy like me look to try to come to a personal conslusion about ET life ? All i can go on is statistical likelyhood and scientific probability. For a start, I have 100% belief in life elsewhere in the universe. And i think its highly probable comparable intelegent life has, does or will exist. But i have no reason to think we have been in contact what-so-ever. (Although again, i cant discount it outright).
And another side-point. Assuming that the steriotypical depiction of aliens in the media and in contactee accounts (Greys with big heads, eyes, long limbs, limited digits etc) is based in some sort of truth. Who says these creatures are alien beings from distant solar systems ? Projecting human evoution from apes, through proto-humans to modern day homo sapiens and beyond... is it rediculous to propose that we may one day look like greys ? For years, in an evolutionary sence, humanity in general has been:
Getting progresively taller
Losing body hair
Increasing cranial size
Losing facial features (Eye brow ridges, nasal flanks, bone mass)
And it wouldnt be wild to speculate that as our intelects grow, and our need for physical strength diminishes due to our crippling dependance on technology, that we may become more slender, require less fingers, an evolve larger, more complex brains, craniums and eyes. Why not postulate that "Greys" could actually be the later stages of human development. I mean its no more or less possible than the theory that they are visitors from other worlds. And no more or less probable than the theory that we are indeed alone. So, assuming that greys are real, and that they contact humans from advanced flying craft, what would be the biggest scientific problem in them visiting us ?
Well, for ET's the answer is FTL travel. For evolved humans, it would be time travel. Both unatainable to us at the moment, and for me, both just as likely or unlikely.
I guess what im trying to say is, we need to keep an open mind. Alien life may not exist. Alien life may exist way outwith our grasp. Alien life might visit us daily, or could actually be an evolution of our selves or if the cosmic string theory of multiple universes is correct it could be somthing different altogether.
I think the media, the internet, conspiracy theorists, untrustworthy govornments and peoples natural fascination with the strange and obscure has turned the serious issue of extraterrestrial life into a huge minefield of speculation and fantasy. Peoples emotions are now tied up in it and a serious, stable and scientific approach to the issue is all but lost alot of the time.
So, where do i stand? Simple. I have no fu**ing clue. Aliens exist somewhere. Apart from that anything i ould say or hope would be just that. Hope.
Thanks for taking the time to listen to an idiot rambling on.
Edited by Spankster, 06 August 2009 - 12:14 PM.