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7 Reasons People Are Skeptical About UFOs

Updated on January 27, 2019
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Lana is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor who helps women to regain their power after experiencing toxic relationships.

Most people believe aliens exist, yet there's still a lot of stigma attached to the topic. That's why most of the conversations about ETs take place online.

But what distinguishes believers and non-believers? Why are some people so certain that intelligent extraterrestrials are beyond the realm of possibility? This article explores the reasons behind the mindset of denying the UFO phenomenon.

A UFO sighting in New Zealand, 2011.
A UFO sighting in New Zealand, 2011. | Source

1. Change to the status quo

John Lennon said it best:

"If the masses started to accept UFOs, it would profoundly affect their attitude towards life, politics, everything. It would threaten the status quo. Whenever people come to realize that there are larger considerations than their own petty lives, they are ripe to make radical changes on a personal level, which would eventually lead to a political revolution in society as a whole."

The status quo is essentially the Now without the possibility of change. The status quo is perpetual stagnation that most people take for safety and stability. Needless to say, it's an illusion. There's no safety in a world ruled by deception. The status quo is comforting, but the truth is liberating.

2. Conflicting belief system

We don't like extraterrestrials. We don't want extraterrestrials, we are afraid of them. It's a psychological problem - we are not ready to accept that we are not the greatest. -- Erich von Daniken

The world is inconceivably complex, and there's so much we still don't know. Yet people get comfortable within their own belief system, and they become blind to anything that contradicts it.

Studies1 show that strongly held incorrect beliefs often do not change even when confronted with belief-conflicting facts. People simply ignore the incompatible information, or discard it as unreliable.

That is the very mechanism behind denying the ET reality. People just turn a deaf ear to any information that conflicts with their worldview and live their whole lives without ever seeking the answers to the BIG questions.

On the other hand, the Bible says that man is the pinnacle of creation, so we're conditioned to believe that mankind is at the top of God's list. As one scientist said,

"From the very beginning, life has evolved as if there were a goal to attain, and as if this goal were the advent of the human consciousness." (Lecomte du Noüy)

So what if, on an intergalactic evolutionary scale, we're about as special as slugs? That's a disturbing thought most people don't care to explore.

What's behind the UFO phenomenon?
What's behind the UFO phenomenon? | Source

3. Societal pressure

Even though the majority of people believe there is intelligent life out there, way out there,3 the subject of the UFOs still remains a taboo. Not virtually perhaps, but intellectually and socially.

Scientists hesitate to openly admit being UFO believers for fear of losing scientific credibility. Media channels ignore the topic completely, occasionally covering a crop circle prank or some other UFO-related hoax. And don't even think of talking about it at a Thanksgiving dinner! Grandma will have a heart attack.

It seems that the proverbial "tinfoil hat" has grown into a crown of thorns under pressure to fit in with socially acceptable beliefs and behavioral norms.

Peer pressure to comply with socially acceptable norms can be overwhelming.
Peer pressure to comply with socially acceptable norms can be overwhelming. | Source

4. Government cover-up

The fact that most governments are concealing evidence of alien life is undisputed in the UFO community. This ongoing cover-up has been called “the greatest secret of the 20th century.

It's believed that at least three world powers - U.S., Russia and China - are in contact with ETs, and even engaged in illegal treaties with them on behalf of their people, and ultimately, on behalf of all people. Of course, any information regarding this matter is highly classified.

Occasionally someone grows a conscience, or speaks out on a deathbed, or becomes a crusader of exposing the cover-up, like Phil Shneider (who've had numerous attempts on his life, assassinated in 1996).

But for the most part, the government has been successful in maintaining the illusion of "business as usual." People just ignore the whistle-blowers, or are too distracted to notice what's happening right under their noses.

An acknowledgment about the reality of the UFO phenomenon will only occur when the official culture deems it worthwhile or necessary to make it.

— Richard Dolan
Area 51 and other supposed UFO sites are heavily guarded locations.
Area 51 and other supposed UFO sites are heavily guarded locations. | Source

5. Inability to imagine how vast the Universe is

Here's an understatement: the Universe is big.

It's so big that the human mind is literally incapable of imagining such vastness. I won't bore you with meaningless numbers signifying just how enormous it is.

Lets just say that there are billions of galaxies out there. And that's only the "observable Universe," what we can project using astronomical data. And the Universe is expanding. It might even be infinite. But even if it's not, it's still incomprehensibly, profoundly vast. That alone should inspire some sort of belief in the ETs.

And this is where it gets sticky.

Many people believe we’re not alone in the universe, but only few admit believing that alien races inhabit Earth or interact with humans in any way.

People just passively accept that there might be intelligent life somewhere out there, millions of light years away, but not here, not now, and it's unlikely that they will ever reach us.

Some intelligent life far far away or microbial organisms on Jupiter's moon, or even a "face" on Mars - that's sort of irrelevant. What's important to realize is that there's intelligent life HERE and NOW, on this planet and inside this planet, engaging in human affairs. That's one of the most important realization anyone can have in their lifetime.

6. UFO hoaxes

Contrary to popular belief that the field of ufology is synonymous with hoaxes, the number of false reports is quite low. Most UFO reports are honest mistakes, not intentional lies.

Truth be told, in majority of cases UFOs, or Unidentified Flying Objects, are just that - "unidentified". People assume they are of extraterrestrial origin because it's exciting, or distort the truth for selfish reasons, which further complicates an already complicated issue.

Add to that intentional government disinformation, and you can understand why the public is inclined to deny the reality of aliens and UFOs.

Sometimes UFOs are just that - "unidentified".
Sometimes UFOs are just that - "unidentified". | Source

7. The absence of physical evidence

The absence of concrete physical evidence is the most cited reason for skepticism about aliens and UFOs.

But what constitutes evidence?

UFO researchers say that there's more than enough evidence to prove, conclusively, that aliens are here now, and have been since the beginning of human history, such as

  • ancient relics depicting extraterrestrials or their vehicles
  • hundreds of thousands of documented witness accounts
  • whistle-blowers' from within the government
  • testimonies of highly qualified specialists
  • military, navy and air force officers' accounts
  • astronauts' accounts
  • actual physical evidence including recovered implants, metal artifacts of unknown chemical composition from UFO crash sights, electromagnetic disturbances to the soil and vegetation around landing sites and crop circles, alien skeletons found in Chile ("Ata", the subject of the documentary "Sirius") and Russia ("Aleshenka"), video and photographic evidence etc.

Undoubtedly, there's more to add to the list. So if the lack of evidence is not an issue, what is? Steven Greer said,

"The problem is not proving that UFOs exist, the problem is when you begin to expose the energy and propulsion systems behind how they're getting here. You're talking about unveiling an entirely new science that would replace oil, gas, coal, nuclear power, public utilities. This is the $600 Trillion problem."

The real issue behind the "absence of physical evidence" is our government's systematic suppression of information confirming the ET reality. In Richard Dolan's words, "UFO evidence derived from a grass roots level can never survive its inevitable conflict with official culture."

To reiterate, the main problem is not the lack of proof, it's the state of denial which cannot be ended by collecting more evidence.

The universe is as vast as it is populous.
The universe is as vast as it is populous. | Source

Summary: Raising Public Awareness

I once had a conversation with Travis Walton at a UFO conference, and he said that the disclosure can only happen in one of two ways: either by a high-ranking government official whistle-blower, or as a result of an actual mass sighting no one can question or deny.

I believe there is a third way, and it's raising public awareness.

We can't wait for the government to disclose the truth. Personally, I don't believe it will ever happen. Enough people must become aware and demand full disclosure of human-alien contact.

Ultimately, it's up to us, the people, a collective human consciousness, to determine our path and our relationship with the intergalactic community.

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© 2014 Lana Adler


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    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you Nadine. I am so with you on this. I think the consensus is that people wouldn't be able to handle the disclosure, but with an over-abundance of alien sci-fi that gets released each year, I think there's a clear effort to get people acclimatized to the idea. Thanks for stopping by! The truth is out there :)

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Nice article, well written. For me the proof that there are 'aliens' or non-human presence on Earth, or that they have visited us in the past is indeed because of the ancient relics that are clearly depicting extraterrestrials with their vehicles. There will come a time when everybody will see space crafts who are not from Earth, but for now we better prepare ourselves by watching movies about this possibility. The more we are exposed to the idea the better.

    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      6 years ago from California

      That's an excellent point. I guess I did miss that one, didn't I? Although change to the status quo is a somewhat similar concept. I think fear of the unknown is a huge factor. It's such a fundamental change to our collective understanding of what reality is, and the complexity and diversity of the universe is just daunting. On an unrelated topic, thank you :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wonder if fear of the unknown might also be a reason for denial? Can you imagine the panic of proof of life from another planet was found? Maybe I'm not giving my fellow man enough credit. :) On an unrelated topic, you are a very good writer. You have a good "voice" and it's a pleasure reading your work.

    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      6 years ago from California

      You make an excellent point, and I couldn't agree with you more. It's an extremely deep issue, and the deeper you go, the more bizarre and disturbing it becomes.

      What I would like to see is some sort of global announcement from a major country like the U.S. or Britain or Russia in no uncertain terms confirming 'alien' or non-human presence on Earth, or from a group of countries. It has to be global, and it can't be from Burma or Monaco, it has to be a big geopolitical power.

      Just this one basic fact, and let people deal with the news, and let all the other information gradually and naturally come out. If the cover-up machine was no longer working on eradicating all the grassroots sources, people would get to the truth on their own. We just need that basic "this is not crazy, look into this" push...

      I don't write for Bubblews anymore but I will check out your article :)

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      Marc Hubs 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Believe it or not I actually don't think a full disclosure would be a very good idea - but they should come forward and admit that, yes UFOs are real and yes, some of them are piloted by aliens and we have the evidence. But I think that's all that should be said at this time.

      Why? Because it's such a deep subject which gets scarier the deeper you go. The truth is not just alarming, it's shocking, it's disturbing and it would scare the **** out of people when they see UFOs.

      The incident I have in mind happened in Brazil and lasted eight months. During those eight months the Brazilian military took photos and video footage of UFOs themselves. 2,000 pages of documents, 500 photographs and several hours of video footage has now been declassified and released to UFO researchers - this is official information released by the Brazil government.

      People were hit by beams of light emanating from UFOs during the event. One doctor who witnessed the event saw to 35 patients who suffered acute radiation sickness, hair loss, burn marks on their skin, etc.

      The investigation was called Operation Saucer (translated from Brazilian). A lot of the information has been removed from Wikipedia but I did research the incident and published an article about it here:

    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      6 years ago from California

      I'm intrigued. Which case do you have in mind? Partial disclosure is not enough, it's just too ambivalent. But full disclosure - I don't see it happening unless there's some kind of emergency and they HAVE TO tell the people immediately.

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      Marc Hubs 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Enough of it has been released (partial disclosure) in certain countries to show that UFOs are undeniably real, are under intelligent control and that their behaviour is both peculiar and scary - the rest is classified and given the details of one case I have in mind, I'm not surprised.

    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      6 years ago from California

      I have no doubt that that's the case. The question is: When are they going to release this information? And if they're not, what can we do about it?

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      Marc Hubs 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      There are governments/militaries around the world who have released information that suggests they already know that some UFO's are of extraterrestrial origin. Some of these documents describe inexplicable events, backed up with videos, photographs and medical reports, etc. Whatever the truth is, the extraterrestrial hypothesis is currently the most plausible theory and they admit that they know a lot more than they're letting on.

    • kalinin1158 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lana Adler 

      6 years ago from California

      I used to be skeptical about that, but when you go into that field and really dedicate some time to research, with an open mind, there's no way one can remain skeptical or impartial. These encounters are so systematic, and recorded from all over the world, but people are sort of brainwashed into thinking it's all hoaxes and madmen tales...So there really is no doubt we're being visited, but I also like the Interstellar scenario. Perhaps some aliens are indeed humans from the future...

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      Mel Carriere 

      6 years ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      I think in light of the fact that there are 200 billion stars in our galaxy alone it is ridiculous to believe that there is not life out there. The questions for me are has this life been able to reach the earth yet? How far ahead or behind the curve is human technology? Could these "aliens" perhaps be us, time traveling from the future, as suggested by the movie Interstellar. I remain skeptical about the Earth being visited by alien life forms, but the existence of this life is beyond doubt. Wonderful hub!


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