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Do you believe in UFO's?

Asked by wrestlemaniac (810points) June 16th, 2008

I strongly believe that we are not alone in the universe, or any verse for that matter if people are debating the fact that aliens are real of fake, i want to know your opinions.

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cheebdragon's avatar

Do you have a tin foil hat?

kapuerajam's avatar

I saw one the other day I’m serious because it was to high to be a blimp,to chromey and big to be a plane,and to big to be a weather baloon

girlofscience's avatar

Uh, I don’t believe in UFOs in the way that they are usually portrayed. But I agree that we are likely not alone in the universe.

Are you familiar with the Drake Equation? If not, you should be.

The Drake Equation represents an estimation of the number of civilizations in the universe with whom communication may be possible. It is estimated by multiplying (the average rate of star formation in our galaxy) by (the fraction of those stars that have planets) by (the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets) by (the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life at some point) by (the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop intelligent life) by (the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space) by (the length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space).

The last time I calculated this, based on intelligent estimations of each of those numbers, I’m pretty sure I got something between 5 and 10 other civilizations in our universe.

girlofscience's avatar

* according to Wikipedia, the Drake Equation gives us 10.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I want to believe in UFO’s, but I am troubled by the question of distance travelling and how the space craft are powered. I do not believe we are alone in the universe, but I am not convinced we are being visited either. If someone could bend the space-time continuum or find me a wormhole then I might become a believer.

kapuerajam's avatar

according to some accounts I have read on UFOs they can switch directions up, down, left, and right spontaniously so I think they might dwell in other dimensions:)

wrestlemaniac's avatar

that’s cool.

whatthefluther's avatar

I certainly believe there are UFOs and I do believe there may be other civilizations in the universe. But, although I can not rule it out, I rather doubt we are being visited by aliens. UFOs are just flying or floating objects which can not be identified by the observer. That does not mean they can not be identified by someone with more knowledge or experience or merely a better vantage point or with better viewing conditions. The latest military jets can do incredible things such as vertical take-off and landing, hover in place like a helicopter and do climbs and rolls and stalls previously unimaginable. All that and more plus they have futuristic stealthy configurations and are able to reduce noise emission to remarkably low levels. The F-117 is old technology now (the government does not admit the existence of the newest high tech aircraft or latest technologies). Just imagine how many people would have reported a UFO sighting if they happened to see an F-117 in a test or on a mission. In addition, the Department of Defense is spending tons of money developing unmanned air vehicles for reconnaisance, combat and other missions. And, these are being developed in all kinds of shapes and sizes and are being tested all the time. There is also non-military R&D happening with rather large blimp-type vehicles for commercial transporting and for environmental and weather monitoring. I can only imagine that most UFO sightings are these types of vehicles while others may simply be the result of observer fatigue, poor viewing conditions or in some cases perhaps one too many shots of tequila.

seVen's avatar

You mean the Nephilim/Demons, yes I think they are real.

tvilot's avatar

The question asks about “belief.”

I prefer to speculate based on evidence. Myself and a group of people saw something we can’t explain, and that would therefore qualify as a UFO. However, I don’t “believe” in UFOs any more than I “believe” in stars.

Let’s stick to debate based on evidence, and we’ll be a whole lot better off.

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phoenyx's avatar

cheebdragon: tinfoil hats make it easier to detect brain activity!! They want you to wear a tinfoil hat. Don’t be fooled!

wrestlemaniac's avatar

you know there might be E.T’s living among us like the men in black stuff, how do you know your friends aren’t aliens, how do i know your not.

jlm11f's avatar

i can’t believe in something that i haven’t seen. though the drake equation looks convincing, once i see a UFO (or see videos on the news), then i will happily admit that i didn’t believe and was wrong. until then….

Knotmyday's avatar

I believe in Slinky. One day it will make it to the bottom of the stairs. I know it, I KNOW it.

gailcalled's avatar

If you type UFOs into the Fluther search engine, you will find 6 similar questions and 132 answers. I am too tired to repeat myself again. Frank Drake was a visionary and a trained scientist, which was why his project was funded. Check out Project Seti (on Google) for the results from that giant search.

gailcalled's avatar

Never mind. Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – Project SETI”:

I knew Frank Drake and he was also a sane and careful guy, well-respected in the astronomical community.

JackAdams's avatar

Someone wrote, quote, “i can’t believe in something that i haven’t seen.”

That’s what atheists say, about Gawd.

I believe in the possible existence of UFOs.

I do NOT believe in the USAF.

September 5, 2008, 3:49 AM EDT

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