Posted: Dec 29, 2016 4:36 pm
by PensivePenny
solazy wrote:
PensivePenny wrote:
solazy wrote:I'd really like to know why so many Americans are obsessed with aliens.
As many as 48% believe in UFO's.
27% believe aliens have visited earth.
2% have been victims of abduction.
66 million in Roswell (when there is perfectly plausible explanation).
Women who have given birth to human-alien hybrids, and others who have been subjected to sexual exploitation from an early age.
Sleep paralysis is one possible explanation, media mass hallucination another.
Then there's Stephen Hawking who is clearly worried about our vulnerability.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... n-new-film

Hands up all those who think Verne and Wells are to blame.


Where the hell did you get those stats?

2% believe they've been abducted? That seems just a tad high... Maybe 2% THINK other people have been abducted by aliens?


4 million.
http://www.csicop.org/si/show/abduction ... _paralysis

Still don't know why in America, but not in Europe.


Thanks for the link (I think). You read the whole thing? When you asked "Why are so many Americans obsessed with Aliens?" I thought, I don't know anyone... in fact we often use "alien abduction" as a dog whistle for someone who's cuckoo :crazy:

From the link, I didn't read the whole thing, it seems a "study" determined 2% of some "represented sample," a subset of "Americans," not all Americans were asked 5 questions. If they answer yes to 4 of the 5 questions, then they have obviously been abducted... sound science there, no? Below are the 5 questions.


1) “Waking up paralyzed with a sense of a strange person or presence or something else in the room” (18 percent);
2) “Feeling that you were actually flying through the air although you didn't know why or how” (10 percent);
3) “Experiencing a period of time of an hour or more, in which you were apparently lost, but you could not remember why, or where you had been” (13 percent);
4) “Seeing unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them, or where they came from” (8 percent); and
5) “Finding puzzling scars on your body and neither you nor anyone else remembering how you received them or where you got them” (8 percent).


There is nothing that says those 4 million represented people (or even the 119 fitting the criteria) have any thought whatsoever about aliens. Clearly, the person or persons involved might be "obsessed," but I think that is about the only practical conclusion one could make.