A couple of weeks ago I was the speaker for a lunch group that only paid with free food but since that is my favorite kind… free… I accepted, planning to speak about my experiences as a writer and how different things are today. Unfortunately one of the men knew me and my talk turned to UFOs. I provided a quick rundown, but what do you say about UFOs in fifteen minutes?
The first question, or comment, was from some guy, and I couldn’t believe he said it, who claimed that only drunks saw UFOs. I suggested that this was a government myth that began early in the modern history of UFOs and quoted a newspaper headline about UFOs being seen around the country, expect in Kansas, which was a dry state (which, for those of you who grew up when the entire nation was awash in booze, being a dry state meant that alcohol was unavailable) For those who wish to see that statement about the newspaper headline, it follows.
I’m not sure that it did any good because most people have their minds made up and logic will do nothing to dissuade them… and that goes for both sides. The total debunker will not admit that any sighting might not have a mundane solution and the total believer will argue for the unusual nature of a case even when the mundane solution explains all the facts.
I say, without fear of contradiction, that many sober, intelligent, educated people see UFOs. Statistics suggest that the higher the education, the longer the object (or ambiguous stimulus) is in sight, the more likely a mundane explanation will not be found (mainly because they have already attempted to apply those mundane explanations and found them inadequate). This doesn’t mean they saw an alien craft, only that what they saw doesn’t seem to fit into a terrestrial category.
I did mention a couple of sightings that I found particularly strange such as those around Levelland, Texas, and the Washington Nationals (mainly because of the banner headline in the local newspaper about flying saucers swarming over the capital). But I wasn’t really trying to convince anyone, just to suggest that they might not wish to write off everything because of a false idea.
The point was simply that you might wish to reject the idea of alien spacecraft based on any of a number of ideas, but the idea that they were only seen by drunks is simply not viable.