Are UFO’s from Mars and Ghosts from Venus?

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Why is it that men seem more into UFOs and conspiracy theories whereas women tend to favour ghosts and psychics?

A recent wideranging article on the BBC website describes a UFO conference and briefly mentions the phenomenon:

The predominant demographic is older men. But somewhere between a quarter and a third of Bufora attendees look under 30 and a similar proportion are female.

You can’t have an active interest in these topics without noticing that women tend to flock to psychic nights in greater numbers whereas UFO conferences tend to have a clear male bias.

The Unexplained Mysteries website claims:

research has indicated that belief in various paranormal topics differs between men and women.

While both genders tend to believe in paranormal topics the key difference is in which ones. Teacher and researcher Kylie Sturgess found that women were more likely to believe in astrology, psychics and ghosts whereas men are more predisposed to believe in aliens, cryptozoological creatures and conspiracy theories.

“Women are more likely to be at the ‘social’ end of paranormal beliefs,” said Sturgess. “They’re more likely to believe in things like mediums, astrology, psychic healing, and ghosts. Men, for instance, are more likely than women to believe in the alien astronaut theories of Erich von Daniken, and more cryptozoological things like the Loch Ness monster.”

Furthermore, according to an article written early last year in The Sydney Morning Herald (which Unexplained Mysteries uses as a source):

Studies have also shown that men are also more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, creationism and the notions of historical revisionists, while women are more likely to believe in telepathy and New Age theories.

Sturgess has completed a masters dissertation based on a survey that she and her research partner, Professor Martin Bridgstock of Griffith University, conducted on the paranormal beliefs of 1243 Australians across Queensland.

One of the more interesting things she found during the course of her research is that the belief that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job is on the wane. Sturgess says the release of the official 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 and the election of Barack Obama in 2008 are among the things that have contributed to a general decline in interest in the subject.

There is no concensus on the apparent male/female division of interest in these subjects. It’s still contentious to even suggest that such a demographic split exists for some people.

It’s interesting to note that the archetypal ‘magic user ‘in western society is more commonly a Witch than a Wizard. Perhaps this debate ties into the notion that women are more in tune with their ‘supernatural abilities’ than men. I can’t be the only person who has been told anecdotally that this is why society tends to oppress the feminine!

On the other hand I’ve always struggled to understand why there should be such a male bias towards interest in UFO’s/Conspiracy theories. Perhaps it’s because those subjects often involve a masculine crusader like pose and the archetypal ‘defender of society’ is a distinctly male Knight in shining armour.

The debate continues.

Nick Margerrison.

SOURCES:

UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

WIDE RANGING BBC MAGAZINE ARTICLE ABOUT UFOLOGY

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  • Andrew

    I guess I’m more stereotypically het-cis than I thought.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I dunno, I’m more inclined to believe in ghosts than UFOs. Buts that’s based on some personal experiences.

  • http://twitter.com/alizardx A.Lizard

    Ceremonial magicians tend to be, but are not always male.

  • http://twitter.com/alizardx A.Lizard

    Ceremonial magicians tend to be, but are not always male.

  • lifobryan

    I’m a dude who really wants to see a UFO but never has. But I’m also a dude who has some experience with ghosts. 

    Soooo …..?

    ET experience requires a dick? And spectral experience needs a pussy? Is that why the operative gynocological device is called a spec-ulum?

    Still … I’m a DUDE who wants a saucer but gets milk ….

    Not that I’m ungrateful. I genuinely value my paranormal encounters. My snarky has more to do with gender assumption than anything else …..

    As A.Lizard points out, magicians are often male. But I would add, male with a touch of feminine. It’s the (im)balance (or tension) that seems to find magic.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Well, it is just a broad (no pun intended) generalization based on historical gender roles–not necessarily a completely biologically determinate rule.  Just like the Freudian masculine/feminine attitudes towards agression that I discussed in one of my last blog posts.

      It may have some historical basis in fact, but that doesn’t make it a hard and fast rule.  Besides which, ALL human males are at least 50% genotypically female, what with the YX stuff and all.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Well, it is just a broad (no pun intended) generalization based on historical gender roles–not necessarily a completely biologically determinate rule.  Just like the Freudian masculine/feminine attitudes towards agression that I discussed in one of my last blog posts.

      It may have some historical basis in fact, but that doesn’t make it a hard and fast rule.  Besides which, ALL human males are at least 50% genotypically female, what with the YX stuff and all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD3DdskaPhs Phaerisee

    A)No.   The Lion’s share of UFO’s are military projects.
    B)No.   Although it is starting to make sense that some entities that vibrate at different frequencies may not be detectable by our current resources. If you call these ghosts, then yes, I would say there is some evidence to suggest they exist.  There is nothing to suggest they are from Venus though.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

    • Patrick Duffy

      `Although it is starting to make sense that some entities that vibrate at different frequencies may not be detectable by our current resources’

      Yeah says who!

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      You know, I’ve been wondering, do people who say things like “vibrate at different frequencies” know what vibrate means? Or what frequencies are?

      In all seriousness, do these words have different meaning? or no? I suppose I will let it fly if they think the vibrations and frequencies are vibrating in something other than time(but what would that medium be if not time or space), or possibly a reference to ultralow frequencies of life/death cycles (bugs vibrate quickly, humans slower, trees slower still). But really the whole “this vibrating at this frequency” just sounds like a code-word for a person to say “oh i have a better soul than you, i’m holier than thou, the holy spirit runs within me and not you” without literally saying it.

      • Calypso_1

        It gets even worse when they start talking about ‘resonance’. 

      • Calypso_1

        It gets even worse when they start talking about ‘resonance’. 

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          haha. Well I do understand the attraction to the reality tunnel, and it is understandable (albeit in a delirious manner). In all honesty, the “operating in different frequency” meme does have that holier than thou attitude, but seemingly with a lot less contempt, which is, in a way, not terrible. I just wish it was a more coherent attitude, that recognized that its not “frequency vibration”(which inherently implies polar directionality of high and low frequency) but instead is just the chaotic mess of human experience thats a lot more complicated than high/low.

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          haha. Well I do understand the attraction to the reality tunnel, and it is understandable (albeit in a delirious manner). In all honesty, the “operating in different frequency” meme does have that holier than thou attitude, but seemingly with a lot less contempt, which is, in a way, not terrible. I just wish it was a more coherent attitude, that recognized that its not “frequency vibration”(which inherently implies polar directionality of high and low frequency) but instead is just the chaotic mess of human experience thats a lot more complicated than high/low.

          • Calypso_1

            Even chaos has its phase transitions.

          • Calypso_1

            Even chaos has its phase transitions.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            of course, but it sure as hell Isn’t one-dimensional

          • Calypso_1

            Ha! Here’s a 9D Rayleigh-Bénard convection.

          • Calypso_1

            Don’t know if you got to look at any of those books I recommended but that first diagram is from a Neurodynamics paper.  Check it out. 
            http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0716-97602003000100006&script=sci_arttext

  • Light

    who is to say that ghosts are not sometimes interstellar aliens or inter dimensional aliens, they have the technology, lol. Its like that article that says guys recognize cars better and women different living things. Men work outside a lot more I think and women, not to be even more stereotypical stay inside the home more, since there are many stay at home moms. Its like the statistic that says that shark attacks happen most often at 2 3 feet of water but that only happens because that is where most swimmers are at all times.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Doug Adams blew the lid off the secret role of interstellar ghosts in human history with his ground breaking expose, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.”

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Doug Adams blew the lid off the secret role of interstellar ghosts in human history with his ground breaking expose, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.”

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I call it “vagina envy”.  Maybe the masculine proclivity to seek solutions in non-organic technology is a reflection of perceived reproductive inadequacy.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I call it “vagina envy”.  Maybe the masculine proclivity to seek solutions in non-organic technology is a reflection of perceived reproductive inadequacy.

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