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If a couple of weeks ago someone had walked up to me and told me that they’ve seen a UFO or worse, experienced being abducted by aliens, not only will I not believe them at all but, most likely, I might even laugh out loud; all the while shaking my head in disbelief. However, now I am not sure whether I’d react the same way, for although I can’t say for certain whether humans have seen actual UFOs flying above their heads, or gotten strange marks on their bodies from alien abductions, all I am certain about is that aliens do exist and they may have visited our planet. And this realization was accentuated last weekend when I watched a documentary type horror film called The Fourth Kind that a close friend had recommended a while back. Unlike me, she is convinced that alien abductions are real and that aliens have visited our planet on a number of occasions, but the government and mass media have conspired to cover up all or any alien activities, thus making it difficult to prove that aliens have actually landed and further made contact with humans.

So, the The Fourth Kind, in short, is supposedly based on a true story that took place in Nome, Alaska during the 1970s, where a psychologist named Dr. Abbey Tyler begins video-taping sessions with traumatized patients and discovers some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented live. And using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, the Fourth Kind exposes the terrifying revelations of multiple witnesses, including the psychologist herself, who later witnesses her own daughter being kidnapped by aliens. Hence, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters where the first kind referred to a UFO being sighted with the naked eye; the second kind referring to when evidence is collected; the third kind involved actual contact being made with aliens; and then finally the fourth kind – the worst kind of all – which involved actual abduction.

Mind you, I love horror flicks and most of the time I never take them seriously, but The Fourth Kind was different. Although it did not scare me, for it wasn’t as scary as I’d thought; it did, however, make me think. A lot.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with the universe as a whole, i.e. stars, planets, black holes, galaxies, etc.; especially being awestruck by how infinitely vast it is. There exist over 100 galaxies, each of which has millions and billions of stars with planets orbiting them. So, there is no denying whatsoever that there is intelligent life out there. And there is widespread belief, in which a cult has grown around it, where people are convinced that these alien life forms have travelled to Earth from some foreign planet, millions of light years away, and are abducting humans in order to do experiments on them. However, despite the incredible nature of this belief and the lack of credible evidence to back it up, I can understand why so many people overlook its validity.

Furthermore, people who strongly believe in alien abductions also believe that aliens have crashed at Roswell, New Mexico, during the late 1940s, where the US government recovered the alien spacecraft and kept it a secret in a remote place known as “Area 51.” And then I wonder about alien-based movies like “Independence Day,” “Signs,” and the comedy “Men In Black,” in which the characters mention Area 51; where aliens invade Earth in a large spaceship; where aliens are roaming the planet, in human form, so that most people are oblivious to their existence; and where aliens are leaving signs of their presence in the form of so-called crop circles and cattle mutilation. Since some people claim to have already witnessed most, if not all, of the above-mentioned incidences in real life, it does make me wonder whether there is a lot of truth to these sci-fi Hollywood movies. However, at the same time, I can’t help feeling skeptical as it could also be more than possible that UFO sightings, alien contact/abductions, etc. could all just be a figment of one’s creative imagination, simply influenced by these same movies.

But, I really can’t say for sure.

In an interesting article called Don’t Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking, the author discusses Stephen Hawking’s take on this whole alien phenomenon and the dangers that would be posed to humankind IF we ever were to come into contact with them. Hawking says:

“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.

We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.

If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

So, like I said earlier, although I believe in the existence of aliens and the possibility that they could be more intelligent and technologically superior than us, I guess the only time I would be fully convinced is if I, too, witnessed or went through an “alien” experience. ;)

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