Throughout the 1980s, grocery stores commonly contained "space alien invaders" video games, prominently located at their entrances; whose particle-board frames were painted in gaudy colors; and whose "dinky music" constantly filtered throughout the store, even when nobody was playing. Skeptical Americans, perhaps not approaching the question of Aliens from a more scientific perspective, seem to associate "dorky video games", etc. with Aliens; and to thereafter be psychologically unable to seriously consider the (hypothetical) existence of actual Aliens.
group think for God ?
In the Middle East, "God in heaven" is (automatically) trusted. Deriving therefrom, only humans who are accepted by Religious Leaders are trusted. Group-think, of limited perspective, results. In the west, "Almighty Dollars" are (automatically) trusted. Deriving therefrom, only humans who have money ("grease", bearing the markings of "God amongst the stars") are trusted; and, without trust (social status), humans earn no money. Group-think, of non-logical, circular 'reasoning', results. By such means, alternative perspectives are (automatically) eliminated. They are not questioned, or considered, however; rather, they are not trusted. In no cases, is human trust, founded upon logic, reasoning, facts, argument, debates. In all cases, human trust is founded upon automatic non-rational habit ("they assume on God; they don't think that's a bad idea" [prediction: it will turn out to be the Worst; dated July 2012 AD, T-5 months]). Yet, advanced Aliens may still Exist (actually, factually); 'They' would presumably be Hostile; 'They' would presumably destroy earth; heeding 'Their' Hostile Orders, voluntarily, would presumably lead to millions of human deaths, every time 'Their' Orders were obeyed, with zero exceptions. To date, many many millions of humans have died, in wars associatable, to Religion(s), of "God in the starry heavens".
actual vs. factual
On-world Religious Authorities claim to represent "God in the starry heavens". Allegedly living out their lives under Divine Aura (Shekinah), they claim to be Divinely Guided. If so, then they are "living Divine Messages". For example, Jews claim that their Rabbis are Divinely Guided, so that the details of their tying their shoes in the morning, or which way they walk, embodies Divine Significance1. Religious Authorities concern themselves with practical "actuality". For example, they derive actual on-world social Dominance, from Divine Scriptures. They seem not to concern themselves with "factuality". They seem to favor "what works", for "singled-minded pursuit of [on-planet] Dominance"; over "what's true". If so, then Divine Messages, manifested on earth, are actual; are Dominant; are non-factual. Logically, what is true for Religious leaders living under Divine Aura, today, would also be true for Religious texts, recited by Religious leaders, living under Divine Aura, ages ago. I.e. God Exists, actually; Divine Messages have been telepathically transmitted to earth, actually; from Divine Messages, on-planet Super-Dominance derives, actually; but Divine Messages, whilst being actual, are not necessarily factual. Actually Existing Super-Aliens would presumably be Hostile, Deceptive, Dominant, Destructive.
1 Nehemia Gordon. Hebrew Yeshua vs. Greek Jesus
space flashlights ?
Repetitiously, hypothetical exploitation, of Quantum Mechanical "entanglement", perhaps permits the construction of energy-cost-effective "space search-lights", which transmit entangled photons across the cosmos, in quantum potentiality; and which are only actualized, into real photons at target, when-and-where necessary. In all other circumstances, entangled photons, always partially present back at the transmitter in quantum potentiality, could perhaps be "yanked back", actualized into real photons at source. Such a "dark light" would both function as a "space flash-light", peering into the voids of deep space, and illuminating (and interacting with) every space object residing therein; whilst being intrinsically in-visible, and non-actually-present, at any other place-and-time. In analogy, entering a dark room, with a "dark light" flashlight, the wielder could sweep the room; and where-and-whenever the beam fell on some object, the entangled photons would be "loosed", actualized onto the target, illuminating said object, as the batteries discharged energy; but where-and-whenever no room object was present, the entangled photons would be "recalled", actualized back into the batteries, which would return to previous power levels. In the inexpert estimations of this author, such "dark lights" might be the only cost-energy-effective means, of projecting "search-lights" into space, across cosmological distances; and advanced Aliens would presumably comprehend "cost-benefit analysis", only manifesting projected energy, where-and-when information gains exceeded energy losses. Thus, advanced Aliens would not "glow star-bright", transmitting 'Their' own location information (negative gain), across the cosmos, at immense cost. But with hypothesized "dark lights", suitably adapted, advanced Aliens could transmit telepathic communications-and-control signals, only to those places-and-times where gains warranted the immense energy costs, incurred when photons were "loosed" into targets, and those energies actually expended, from Alien "generators & batteries". In all other circumstances, partially transmitted partial photons could be "recalled", actualized back into the "batteries & generators", without any energy expenditure. Least speculatively, quantum entanglement might permit binary, "transmit / retain", signaling capability ("there when you're not looking, not when you are")1.
1 If all Religious & Government personnel are "Divinized" by Divine Auras, then they are all telepathically possessed "avatars" of "God in heaven", interpreted as an advanced Alien. Any failure, of the agents of Aliens, to detect those Aliens "Aura Signals", would be wryly unconvincing, logically. "Second opinions" would presumably be "proscribed". Perhaps advanced Aliens employ conventional signals, without hypothetical quantum manipulations, which are speculative, and ultimately extraneous, to the general gist, of "Bruno, Sagan, Scripture" ('They' Exist, 'They' are Godlike, 'They' have Super-Technologies capable of manifesting Scriptural Miracles & Magic). Previous posts speculated "steerable signals". Such are much more speculative, and so much much less plausible, than a known-to-be possible "transmit / retain" capability, which process ultimately occurs, in all entanglement experiments, when wave-functions "collapse", either "here" or "there".