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Have We Been Visited by Aliens From Other Planets?

Updated on March 16, 2019
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Robert writes eclectic and informative articles about a variety of historical subjects including unusual events and people.

Aliens and UFOs
Aliens and UFOs
A Photograph of What Appears to be Baby Alien: It is humanoid with reptilian characteristics. It is said to have been caught and killed by a Mexican farmer in 2007. Mexican scientists are studying the strange creature and are mystified by its origins
A Photograph of What Appears to be Baby Alien: It is humanoid with reptilian characteristics. It is said to have been caught and killed by a Mexican farmer in 2007. Mexican scientists are studying the strange creature and are mystified by its origins

The Case for UFOs and Alien Vistors

This article discusses whether it is possible that we have been visited by aliens from other worlds.

There have been literally thousands of reports of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) by people from every background, and in almost every country. China, Russia and USA have all devoted considerable resources to studying the phenomenon, though the official stance is that all UFO sightings are either hoaxes or misidentifications of natural phenomema.

Most people believe that the UFO sightings started with the Kenneth Arnold Sightings and the so-called Roswell incident in the 1940s. This had led many to believe that any sightings which were not outright hoaxes are merely sightings of experimental aircraft, since the UFO phenomenon began with the jet age. However it not true that the "UFO Age" started in the 1940s with the Kenneth Arnold's Flying Saucers sighting and the Roswell incident. Whether these sightings are true or not, there are hundreds of reported incidents including reports of crashed aerial vehicles going back hundreds of years. See the book Wonders in the Sky for a fascinating account of some of the most intriguing ones going back hundreds of years.

Despite the many credible sightings, people who report seeing UfO's are branded as delusional or misguided. It is argued a priori, that if they saw anything at all and are not either crazy or charlatans, they must be mistaken about what they saw. It must have been ball lighting, swamp gas or some other natural phenomenon. Why? Because, it is argued, aliens probably don't exist or if they do they could never come here. It's just too far.

It is a circular logic, to be sure. Aliens have never come to Earth because it would be impossible for them to travel so far to reach our planet. Interstellar space is far too large. Since they cannot come here, anyone who says they have observed them is wrong. Case closed.

But this is a bizarre logic: For us to argue that there are no other intelligent species in the universe, given the near infinite number of planets, is simply blind pride - it reminds me of when people stubbornly hung on to the belief that earth was the center of the universe, despite all proof to the contrary, because the proof contradicted their deepest held beliefs about our importance as a species in the grand design of the cosmos.

Nowadays most people would acknowledge that just as we are not the center of the universe, we are probably not the only intelligent species in the entire universe.

Video of A UFO Leaving Earth's Atmosphere

The video above shows a very fast moving UFO leaving rising from the Earth's surface. It was taken by NASA Astronauts and shows a tube shaped UFO flying between the Space Station and Hurricane Irene on 8-26-2011. The footage is visible at around the 50 second mark of the video.

An Infinity  of Stars and Planets: The Starfield of the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy as Seen From Earth
An Infinity of Stars and Planets: The Starfield of the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy as Seen From Earth

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Could Aliens Have Visited Earth?

So the question is, could these other species travel here? Our science says that it would be impossible because they would have to come from so far away - but in fact we did not know how to fly just over 100 years ago. And had you asked scientists then whether we would ever be able to fly in heavier than air aircraft, they would have said no.

It is very likely that among the thousands and thousands of species out there, some have developed science that we cannot dream of - and have mastered the technique of faster than light travel.

Alien Species
Alien Species

The fact that we have not mastered faster than light travel does not mean that it is impossible. As an analogy, we are somewhat like the North American Indians, who built civilizations and cities but never discovered the wheel. They went on with their lives oblivious to the fact there were other technologically more advanced civilizations beyond the great sea.

If you had asked an Aztec or Inca, before the coming of Columbus, if it were possible for people to cross the great sea to the west, they would have most likely told you that such things were impossible. They probably would have debated whether any people even lived across the sea. This is because, the Aztecs and the Inca, for all of their cultural and other achievements had never learned to build ocean powered sailing craft. Their canoes allowed them to reach some coastal islands, and some Native Americans branched out into the Caribbean, where the distance between land masses is not far. But waters beyond these coasts were off limits to the technology of the American Indians. No doubt their sense of pride would have led them to think that since they could not cross these oceans, no one else could.

Now compare us to the American Indians - we know only our own planets and the capabilities of our species - and yet we pridefully believe that it is not possible that alien races have visited our world, because we do not know how to reach the stars ourselves. It is a sad commentary on the closed mindedness of the human race that we would fall into this illogical belief. Let us hope that an alien Cortes or Pizzaro does not appear on our shores one day to prove us wrong in our conceit.

Even great scientists are often completely wrong about what is possible. Lord Kelvin (26 June 1824 – 17 December 1907), who discovered the first and second laws of thermodynamics,as well as the concept of absolute zero, believed firmly that heavier than air flight (that is to say, airplanes) was impossible. In 1896, Kelvin wrote:

"I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning or of expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of." [1]

And then in a 1902 newspaper, Kelvin predicted that:

"Neither the balloon, nor the aeroplane, nor the gliding machine will be a practical success. The balloon is the best of all" [2]

He could not have been more wrong, of course. A little more than a year later, the Wright Brothers made the first successful heavier than air flight. Less than 11 years later, airplanes were dueling in dogfights over the battlefields of Europe. And by the mid-60s transatlantic passenger jet flights had become commonplace. Who knows what discoveries wait around the corner that may make FTL travel feasible, discoveries that may have been made millennia ago by more advanced or older alien civilizations. Already, there are indications that our theory of relativity is wrong or incomplete, and that neutrinos may be able to travel faster than light.

Other possible methods of beating the speed limit of light include worm holes, warp drives (in which space is bent closer to you while you travel at sublight speeds). These are just the things that we have been able to imagine, only a century after achieving flight. Imagine what a much older civilization with a far more advanced science may have been able to achieve. To think that it cannot be done because we cannot (yet) do it is the height of folly and betrays a certain self pride.

I stated at the beginning of this article, that scientists dismiss claims by people who say they have witnessed UFOs by saying that no alien species could travel here on account of the great distances, and therefore what they saw is not real. I think that it is time that we look at the problem from the other direction: if what is being reported is real, then it must be possible for aliens beings to cross the vastness of space. To conclude otherwise would be like the American Indians of the 1400s refusing to believe in Columbus, Cortes and Pizzaro because white men could not have existed, and surely they could not have crossed the great sea.

Ignoring the truth may mean that we are unprepared when the conquistadors show up on our shores.

© 2011 Robert P


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    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Interesting facts and a super hub. I believe Aliens exist and are probably more advanced than us.

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      Robert P 

      8 years ago from Canada

      thanks for the feedback charlynjune!

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      Charlyn June 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Yeah, the thing about aliens.. I have been crazily searching about facts that could prove anything about them.. nice hub there.. I feel like I have traveled around with you..

      If I would be given the chance to meet an alien, I would probably wish they will show me their world,haha..

      Awesome hub, voting it up..

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      Robert P 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Ben - Sorry for the delay in approving your post. And thanks for your comments!

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      9 years ago

      Its interesting that this Nabiru thing about the possibilty of large planet that is heading for us has turned out to be a complete hoax. Theres absolute masses of stuff about it, including NASA film etc but all fabricated

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      9 years ago

      I did reply again to you but it seems to have gone astr ay.

      Ill briefly postage stamp a reply this time then.

      I totally respect your point of view and would never trash anyones view because nobody really knows for sure but i prefer to follow simple rules when it comes to physics. There are just so many possibilities for these sightings such as masses of space debris (natural or unnatural) eletrical ball effect lightning (proven) secret stealth military craft on both sides (Blackbird was top secret 35 years ago and capable of mach 3 to 4)

      The alternative is to beleive that wonderous species are crossing time and space at light speed. No brainer for me personally but thats just personally.

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      9 years ago

      I respect your reply comments and think you have started an excellent forum. Ive studied this phenomenom perhaps as deeply as yourself, wanting to believe it but coming from the skeptical side of the argument...asking the question but i do keep an opem mind.

      Crop circles have been proved fake without doubt. Once a skill has been learnt or acquired humans have virtually no limits on what we can do. The one major team operating out of Surrey applied sublime artistic license and almost had me believing it. As regard pyramids and other wonderous structues, i believe we may have long forgotten skills from our distant past and probably have always been wonderously industrious.

      Ive studied these objects moving in space but simply feel they are space debris. Possibly honed into perfectly circles across millions of years and added to it tons of modern day crap floating around. They havent even managed to find 20% of what is supposed to have come down as satelite debris, with as many as 6 having collided with each other. All would be doing 5000 mph plus. As regard the wonderous recent sightings apparently another team is responsible for atleast 17 events using CGI but they took no responsibility for the recent fantastic hoax over Bethlehem. This means multi teams are at work Chinese lanterns and other items also getting in the way.

      I simply look at it from this point of view. Are all these bits and pieces jointly responsible for these events or are we really being visited by incredible beings from light years across space.....i go with the former!

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      Robert P 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I am not saying that crop circles are signs of alien visitors, but just because a couple of guys claim to have made them, we all believe them because it is a plausible explanation. But no one has asked how they could feasibly have made them -- too many, too many different locations. Plus, there are accounts of crop circles as far back as the 1500s - I can't imagine some medieval peasant having the time to pull this kind of prank.

      More interestingly, a recently declassified Canadian study by the Government of Canada concludes that UFOS are extraterrestrial. It has just been posted on the Government of Canada's website and I am surprised that it is not getting more coverage. Here is an excerpt from the conclusion as well as the link to the report:

      "From a study of the sightings reports (Appendix IV) it can be deduced that the vehicles have the following significant characteristics. They are a hundred feet or more in diameter; they can travel at speeds of several thousand miles per hour; they can reach altitudes well above those which would support conventional aircraft or balloons; and ample power and force seems to be available for all required manoeuvres. Taking these factors into account, it is difficult to reconcile this performance with the capabilities of our technology, and unless the technology of some other terrestrial nation is much more advanced than is generally known, we are forced to the conclusion that the vehicles are probably extra-terrestrial, despite our prejudice to the contrary."

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      9 years ago

      I think no. Remember crop circles. Proved a mass elaborate hoax just like the fairies in the woods and the Lochness monster. Humans just love to believe a story and plenty are around with the skill and ingenuity to buy into this hysteria. We may have been hoaxing since stone age. In the end there has never been complete crystal clear proof. The best is NASA footage stuff but i remain unconvinced these are alien craft. There is simply so much junk up there and actual space debris thats its difficult to eliminate it. I believe the images of Grey figures are hoax for definate. The rest i put down to knew skills in CGI where the ability to rule out anything as hoax now lost for ever.

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      9 years ago from Mars

      i've seen an little alien on the turnpike before so There are Aliens! trust me!!!!! if you don't visit to see why!

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      eye say 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I think it is a very egotistical attitude to think that we are the only living creatures in the universe - I especially hope we are not the smartest and other species don't focus on killing each other off as the human race does.

      I also believe that we are not the most technologically advanced species either. I believe that we are being observed and I hope it's so they can help us figure out how to actually "be human".

      great thought provoking hub thanks for shring,,,

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      A Little TRUTH 

      9 years ago

      Good point. I hadn’t considered that the preponderance of evidence from encounters might point toward evil purposes. You have to give the aliens credit though, they’ve got a long way to go before they come close to causing as much damage, misery and death to mankind as the elite have to date.

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      Robert P 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @ A Little Truth - I agree with what you are saying, except about whether the aliens are benevolent or not. I think that at best they are indifferent to us and out to serve their own self interests. I base this view on the type of encounters that most people have reported: alien abductions (in itself a gross violation of the person's rights and well being) generally involve non-consensual specimen collection, even what could be considered sexual assaults. Then there are the cattle mutilations. If these reports are true and not delusional, our contact with these creatures is not going to be pleasant or beneficial to our species.

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      A Little TRUTH 

      9 years ago

      Excellent logic, and nicely summarized at the end. Who could refute it?

      I think your title should start with “Are we being” instead of “Have we been”.

      Star Trek is not science fiction; it’s more of a heads-up. Remember 30 years ago when Captain Kirk and his crew had communicators they wore on their belts, and they flipped them open – just like todays cell phones? Hospitals now have a crude version of the “dermal regenerator”. These aliens are likely under a version of the “Prime Directive”, and that’s why we don’t know much about them.

      I don’t get Kelvin – didn’t he ever watch a bird fly?

      I disagree with your comment above, however. Just because we, as a race, look at monkeys for experimentation, and take what we want when we can get away with it, why be so proud as to presume that other life forms can be no better than us? If they can travel here and, for the most part, not be detected; I think they could take what they want, if they chose to.

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      Robert P 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @ Peter Lumetta - thanks for the feed back

      @ Brooke Lorren - thank you for your perspective. Whether they are demons or just creatures from another planet, I doubt that they are good. If simply a more advanced species, they likely regard us the same way we look at monkeys and so think nothing of conducting experiments on us. If our planet has something they want I think that they will try to take it one day.

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      Brooke Lorren 

      9 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I personally think that aliens are demons that appear to people as life forms from other planets. I don't think that the people that see them are delusional, just deceived. Good job.

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      9 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      A good and logical thesis of alien visitation. Humans are very resistant to new ideas, just look at history. So your approach from the other side is very logical, kind of like reverse engineering. Thanks for a thought provoking article,



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