I’ll go ahead and warn you up front: this post is going to deal with UFOs. By reading it–and for that matter, by my own act of writing it–we’re both likely to be labeled as individuals with extreme political viewpoints, fantasy proneness, or psychological disorders like schizophrenia.
No, seriously. This, according to Washington Post writer Caitlin Dewey, who in her recent article, “The Fear That Drives Our Alien Belief” cites studies performed by researchers at the Universities of Westminster and Vienna, is in large part the perceived explanation behind our belief in UFOs. Dewey states in her piece that UFO enthusiasts “believe [UFOs] exist despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, citing a 1994 letter to abduction researcher John Mack which said the idea of alien visitation contradicts “virtually all of the basic laws of physics, chemistry and biology on which modern science depends.by