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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.

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Former Project Bluebook Spokesman: Government Covering up UFO Details

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Ironies upon ironies: During a public appearance at the National Atomic Testing Museum retired Air Force Col. Charles Halt, a former spokesman for the Air Force’s now defunct UFO “investigation” arm, Project Blue Book”, stated that the government is engaged in a cover-up regarding the existence of UFOs:

“Folks, there is an agency, a very close-held, compartmentalized agency that’s been investigating this for years, and there’s a very active role played by many of our intelligence agencies that probably don’t even know the details of what happens once they collect the data and forward it. It’s kind of scary, isn’t it?

“In the last couple of years, the British have released a ton of information, but has anybody ever seen what their conclusions were or heard anything about Bentwaters officially? When the documents were released, the timeframe when I was involved in the incident is missing — it’s gone missing.

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If Religion is No Longer Adequate…What About UFOs?

The media is a'buzz with the Office of the Dali Lama's recent statements regarding organized religion. A FaceBook message posted on September 24th presented the following provocation for fundamentalist and arm chair devotees:
" The reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate."
Nor was it ever so, and Buddhism has long held to this fact in its diverse applications of the simple monikor - If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. So let's move past any undue shock over those statements and get straight to the UFOs. In 1992 John E. Mack, the noted Harvard Professor who specialized in abduction experiences, had the opportunity to meet with the Dali Lama and discuss his views on the UFO phenomenon. Central to this is Mack's theory, similar to that of Jacques Vallee, that whatever is behind the UFO phenomena, and specifically abduction experiences, is central to changing our perceptions of reality and the progress of our culture. It is interesting to hear Mack discuss the difference in how the Buddhist world view integrates these experiences, juxtaposed with how the 'Western materialist' mindset faces these anomalous encounters:
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Look! Up in the Sky! It’s Ball Lightning…It’s Swamp Gas…It’s SKY SHARK!

"You yell UFO, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell Sky Shark, we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July." Via Forgetomori: Last month, video shot of a purported UFO by Brazilian teenagers caused a bit of a stir in skeptical and UFO-friendly circles alike. The footage of a shiny, spherical object cruising through a beautiful, blue sky certainly looked like the real thing, but as it turned out, the "UFO" had an Earthly origin - albeit a highly amusing one: It was a remote-controlled helium shark manufactured under the name "Air Swimmers". After receiving its due 15 minutes of fame via quick-on-the-trigger local media, the flying fish was revealed to be the property of a neighbor. Here's some footage of the shark over the skies of Brazil. Click through to view a commercial for the product:
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UFO Experiences and Religion: Meet ET and Lose JC (Maybe)

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Mystical experiences often make people re-examine their belief systems. From Saul of Tarsus to Joan of Arc, a single glimpse at a mysterious light or the sound of a disembodied voice can cause some men and women to drop everything and start life anew. Apparently, experiences with UFOs are no different. Check out this article on UFOs and mystical experiences at Philadelphia’s Weekly Press.

It’s no secret that witnessing unexplained phenomena like UFOs can cause many people to rethink old beliefs. For the Forello’s, this meant the end of regular church going. “We used to be regular church goers. I was a lay minister, but seeing these things got me to reassess the birth of Christ and the role of the Virgin Mary,” Rich said. “This came in conjunction with the idea of artificial insemination. I thought… somebody impregnated her…”

One theory among believers about why aliens are here is that they are working on a hybrid-mating program with human beings.

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Mental Channel Number One: The Space Brother Contact the BBC.

The documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, best known for acclaimed and often controversial works such as The Century of the Self and Power of Nightmares, is an inveterate crate-digger of archival footage, as evidenced by both his films, and his blog at the BBC website.  In his most recent post, Curtis unearthed a surreal gem that should appeal to enthusiasts of ufological history and fringe culture: a BBC interview from the 50s with George King, a London taxi driver who claimed to be in regular contact with an Interplanetary Parliament of Martian, Venusian, and Saturnite Space Brothers.  The Contactee phenomenon, a charming and eccentric chapter in the history both of the Space Age and of DIY religious movements in general, was largely focussed in the US, where the used car-salesman and the mystic are ever in close proximity.  King, who established the Aetherius Society based on his alleged contact experiences, is the most prominent British example of the genre.  In this fantastic clip from 1977 Brit-UFO documentary Out of this World, King tells his story, and presides over a delightfully Wicker Man-esque ritual on a hilltop designed to charge up a "Prayer Power Battery”:
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What Is A UFO?

There are many competing theories about the origins and nature of UFOs. For example, researchers Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger have a list of seventeen theories at their website. In UFO: The Complete Sightings (1995) by Peter Brookesmith, there is a list of nine theories. Further, these theories are often categorized. In The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters (2001) edited by Ronald D. Story, the subject is divided into “conventional (unintelligent)” and “unconventional (intelligent)” encounters.

Others use terms like “natural” versus “unnatural,” “material” versus “immaterial,” or “physical” versus “non-physical” to categorize, or break down, the UFO situation. Choose whatever terms feel best to you. Below is a simplified breakdown that gives three categories of UFO manifestation:

• External UFO theories suggest that UFOs are phenomena that originate outside of the human mind, whether physical, ethereal, or inter-dimensional.

• Internal UFO theories suggest that UFO phenomena originate within the human mind—that they are psychological, spiritual, and/or inter-dimensional.… Read the rest

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