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Do You Believe in UFOs?

About one third of the population is said to believe in UFOs. A lecture at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas on Sept. 22 promises to reveal some kind of "UFO-related secrets."

It is reported that about one third of the population believes in Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs. It isn't hard to believe when you take into account the number of sightings recorded on UFO stalker, a website that tracks UFO sightings throughout the country. A recent sighting was reported in Winder just this past Saturday. , a witness reported seeing a “strange flash in the sky” while driving from Barrow County to Gwinnett. UFOs have been reported all over the local area this year, from Athens, Buford, Grayson and Dacula to Cumming.

The site receives reports from all over the world, but these sightings are often dismissed as not really credible. UFO believers, however, are hoping an upcoming special will bring a greater sense of credibility to the issue. The Huffington Post recently reported on a special lecture at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas to take place on Sept. 22. According to the Huffington Post, four of the participants are former military officials. The special promises to include some UFO-related secrets that will soon be revealed at the museum.

So are you one of the about 30 percent of the population who believes in UFOs? And do you believe you have actually seen a UFO?

J Christopher September 05, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Absolutely I believe in UFOs and a "non human intelligence" controlling some UFOs. I think that this is obvious to any open minded observer. Now, exactly what these non-human intelligences are is another question entirely. That gets into opinion and speculation.
Larry Reid September 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I too believe in UFOs. In fact, I recently saw one myself. There is no question that this object was flown with non-human intelligence. It’s sheer speed made it impossible to focus and describe it’s exact shape. A few days ago, I stepped outside to empty my kitchen garbage can. I had just closed the lid to the outside container when out of the corner of my eye, what I first thought was a bird flying by turned out to be something altogether different. I thought nothing of it until there it was again. This was no bird. It was much too fast and appeared to be very small. I stood still waiting to get another glace in hopes of a better understanding. I never saw it again. I can’t say for certain what it was that I saw as it was such a brief experience but I am pretty sure it was a gnat. I have returned to the exact area of the sighting since but have yet to see it again.
GoAndie September 05, 2012 at 05:20 PM
My son and a few of his friends said they saw something weird in the sky this past weekend. They believe in UFOs. Several of his friends told of past incidents all sharing similar experiences. He runs to tell me about any new stuff they share with him. I listen, but I never see it for myself, but then again, they are LOOKING for things in the sky, and I'm not.
J Christopher September 05, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Fail. Very silly post, and you show your complete ignorance with your misdirected sarcasm. In my opinion, of course.
Larry Reid September 05, 2012 at 07:40 PM
J, I'm sorry you weren't amused with my sighting story. The fact is, UFO by definition is Unidentified Flying Object. To believe in UFOs, one doesn't have to believe that humans are being observed by little green people from other planets. Sure, I believe in illusions and strange happenings but until I see proof, I probably won't believe in the Loch Ness Monster either. I'll try harder next time.
Nick Eavenson September 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I saw 4 UFOs while on a church hayride in the fall of (I think) 1952. I recently wrote down what I could still remember about that night some 60 years ago that has never been reported Don't forget the late U S Senator, from Winder (Russell Town), Richard Russell reported a UFO while in the USSR in I believe 1955. Remember what another poster said - UFOs are Unidentified Flying Objects - no more -no less. Nick Eavenson
Mike September 06, 2012 at 01:16 AM
'Believing' in UFOs is not as simple as the term. First of all, one can fully believe that our planet is subject to what is called 'aerial phenomena' without attaching the little green men to the equation. In fact, UFOs have been with us since the dawn of human civilization. They've been interpreted as being anything from angels to demons to aliens to space trout. So, the thing is to understand that 'something' is flying around in our skies that isn't an airplane or helicopter or missile or meter or falling space debris or Chinese lantern or swamp gas. Finding out what that something is will require cooperation from our government (doubtful), our mainstream science (laughable) and our media (how much money you got?).
Dave Ballard September 06, 2012 at 02:23 AM
UFOs = yes. No question. Alien intelligence from other planets = not even slightly likely. Alien intelligence from some other plane of existence = now you've got a discussion.
bobby black September 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I have no doubt there are UFO's out there. As large as the universe is, it is hard for me to believe that there is not some form of life somewhere in the universe besides ours. Another thing to keep in mind is that it might be ours. Most of the Military planes that are supposely new have been flying secretly for 10 years or more. A good example of this is the Stealth Bomber which flew for years before is was ever revealed. You never know if it is little green men or what.
Ryan Smith (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 01:54 PM
This is always an interesting one to discuss. I have to go with some of the other posters here: Of course there are unidentified flying objects, but that doesn't mean there's an intelligence guiding them -- simply that the people who observed them could not identify them. While the chances that we're alone in the universe are astronomically slim, I think it's also unlikely that we're the subject of constant extraterrestrial surveillance. The vastness of the universe alone makes it unlikely that intelligent species would even be able to locate each other, let alone travel to each other's planets. And if I were able to travel 1,000 light years to observe another planet, I'd do more than just zipping around scaring people and mutilating cattle.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I'm intrigued. Care to elaborate Dave?
Dave Ballard September 07, 2012 at 01:48 AM
UFOs are things in the sky you can't identify. Sometimes you can figure it out later, sometimes you can't. Satellites, owls, planes, meteors, optical illusions, the whole nine yards explains the vast majority of it. But not all, and not always. We know physics well enough to establish that getting here from anywhere else in the universe is stupid-hard. Not impossible, technically, but phenomenally difficult. Mostly it means harnessing power on solar scales, by which I mean the total power our sun will emit in it's entire 10-12 billion-year lifetime. That kind of capability virtually guarantees that those who possess it don't NEED to visit us, could do so completely unobserved, or would be so powerful as to not need to bother concealing such visit(s). All of this implies (you can't "prove" a negative) that flesh & blood (or whatever =D ) aliens AREN'T coming here physically from another physical place. Now, let's talk about NON-physical "aliens..."
Dave Ballard September 07, 2012 at 01:54 AM
The F-117 is another great example. It was allegedly flying for 10 years before one crashed into a farmer's field in 1989. The drones currently flying over various battlefields have also generated their share of "close encounters" while in test/training phases back in the States and elsewhere. Still, I totally separate the questions "Do I know what I just saw?" from "Was what I just saw an alien, or do aliens exist?" There may well be aliens, but I sincerely doubt they're visiting us in physical craft.
Dave Ballard September 07, 2012 at 02:07 AM
The question here is, as the old song asks, "Do you believe in magic?" =D And actually, I'm being serious. Magical beings, angels, demons, spirits, ghosts, etc., are almost universal in human tradition, regardless of time-frame or region. I think the question to ask is "Is there a solid, scientific reason for that?" Do angels/demons/djinn/etc. really exist in some form? Are there truly separate universes which sometimes intersect with ours? Are there electro-magnetic phenomena that could explain these sightings, or even be considered "life" in its own right? This is the direction I think might be most productive if I were searching for truly alien life forms.
marylou schmidt September 10, 2012 at 01:16 AM
i believe very strongly in aliens and that they effected our evolution. they are still here effecting us to this day.marylou schmidt
Charles Welch September 10, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I'd like to stray off course here... other life does exist, i do not call them aliens, more along the lines of very superior intellectual beings. Plenty of proof of them, all over the world, and in every single culture. Now about the UFO's, they're misinterpreted and 90-95% are nothing more than terrestrial objects (planes, or what have you). That being said, the 5-10% that are unexplained are the truly legitimate ones. Now I do not want to debate or say anything more about why I know about other beings, but just be open-minded people.... What are the chances that we are the only most insignificant life forms anywhere in the universe/galaxy, let alone our own, among many hundreds (or so). Please do not ask me any questions about this comment above. Just as I have said keep your mind open, and do research if you like.
Chris September 10, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Charles, I wouldn't worry about any questions if I were you. You don't seem very sure what you believe. Why would anyone else? In May of this year you commented: "I'm a firm non-believer in UFO's since more times than not they're either hoaxed or misinterpreted". http://oconee.patch.com/articles/was-there-a-ufo-in-oconee-county-last-week Now you say: "Plenty of proof of them, all over the world"
Steven November 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I saw one in 2007. I was walking towards my friends house in the middle of the afternoon. As I was walking I looked up to see a circle shaped object spinning around slowly. It was there for about 20 seconds but disappeared when a cloud passed through
Sportsfan November 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
What was it you saw steven? An unidentified flying object? I saw a bird this morning but I couldn't identify it.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM
That's interesting Steven. Did you see this report on saucer-like aircraft the government planned in the 50s? Wonder if they're still around. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/10/08/us-air-force-declassifies-plans-for-flying-saucer/

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