Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Unexplainable? Must Be Aliens

Since I was a kid, I have always been a fan of mysteries: UFO sightings, the Loch Ness monster, ghosts…

And I think that my interest in the mysterious is largely fed by wishful thinking.

Wouldn’t it be great if those things were true?

Consider the implications: highly evolved alien life, the last living dinosaur, a spooky afterlife…

That would be a thrilling world to live in.

Sadly, growing up, there was never any convincing evidence to prove these mysteries.

And for good reason, people did not go about their day carrying a camera. All the proof they had was their word.

But in the era of the smartphone, nothing can show itself without risking being caught on camera. If aliens and ghosts are on earth, we would find out now.

But meaningful camera evidence has not come, while eyewitness reports of the mysterious have largely remained the same.

Does that mean there are no extraterrestrials or apparitions?

No.

If we narrow the mysterious down to aliens, it means there are countless of unexplained things happening in the sky that most people can’t explain. And when those people see unexplainable sky phenomena, they explain it anyway.

There is no harm in these explanations as long as they are not seen as trustworthy.

For psychology has shown that eyewitness accounts are unreliable because our mind reconstructs memories rather than playing the original memories back.

And even if our mind did accurately play back our memories, it’s clear that people who are not knowledgeable on something—such as sky phenomena—should be excluded from having a say in what thing is.

Having said that, skeptics are no fun. Hurrah for aliens.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach