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srandrews t1_itvm7sq wrote

For me it is tremendously problematic regarding this topic. The amount of interest and time and money going into UAPs is at the cost of the things that could easily identify life in the universe.

Everyone makes noise about UAPs so the govt and NASA does something.

But why isn't that action resulting in another space telescope? Funding of a breakthrough challenge? Educating the next generation of theoreticians?

I believe the intense interest in UAPs is due to a subtle psychology: The kids are scared of the future and hope to see proven evidence that there is an in-Universe savior.


geniusgrunt t1_itvp2m5 wrote

There is definitely a religious belief like fervor to the UFO cultists. R/ufos for example is quite the shit show.


srandrews t1_itvqwad wrote

Huh, I'll go lurk there to see how it informs my pop-psych hypothesis.


geniusgrunt t1_itvu0k9 wrote

You'll likely find this book interesting, mind you I haven't read it yet but I've heard good things:

>More than half of American adults and more than seventy-five percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. This level of belief rivals that of belief in God. American Cosmic examines the mechanisms at work behind the thriving belief system in extraterrestrial life, a system that is changing and even supplanting traditional religions. Over the course of a six-year ethnographic study, D.W. Pasulka interviewed successful and influential scientists, professionals, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who believe in extraterrestrial intelligence, thereby disproving the common misconception that only fringe members of society believe in UFOs. She argues that widespread belief in aliens is due to a number of factors including their ubiquity in modern media like The X-Files, which can influence memory, and the believability lent to that media by the search for planets that might support life. American Cosmic explores the intriguing question of how people interpret unexplainable experiences, and argues that the media is replacing religion as a cultural authority that offers believers answers about non-human intelligent life.


srandrews t1_itvuf27 wrote

Most excellent. And shhh, the original commentor of "Denying facts is so hot right now." is actually one of them!