Aliens, as in cosmic visitors, provokes all manner of human reactivity. Here, the characterization has nothing to do with human creatures seeking asylum or other amenities from a host country. Instead, the focus is interplanetary. Likewise, traveling the universe inspires a variety of notions. As to how such things happen, science collides with science fiction. Many questions arise. With that, quite a few have opinions. Yet, bottom-line, among humans interested in this particular field of query, as in questions usually asked by criminologists, who stand to profit. That is to say, for those in the realm of investigative inquiry, where is the gain. That comes from the classical spectrum of criminology, dealing with victim, suspects and perpetrators.
In the business of selling one theory after another, particularly those of an extraterrestrial variety, there is exceptional profit potential. Capitalizing on ignorance, paranoia and primordial self-interests, provides lucrative remunerations for skillful entrepreneurs. Setting aside the vast array of conspiracy theories, the “alien agenda” attracts much interest by most people. From successful novels to television Sci-Fi portrayals, “ufology” is extraordinarily popular with huge segments of the population. In fact, much of what of the speculation about other worldly visitors comes from fictional sources. One could begin with early western space fiction in the late 19th century. Creative authors imagined fascinating cosmic adventures.
From there, any assessment of the profit potential in storytelling, as it relates to alien travelers, is likely a lot of guesswork. However, there is an illusion among some writers. For the author, regarding the potential for moneymaking from writing stories about science fiction and fantasy, the probability is enormous success is low. On the production side, for an assortment of individual and corporate media companies, the potential is slightly different. With the internet, as well as various competing streaming services, conspiracy theories abound in a variety of forms. According to one prominent financial news source, media services eagerly promote “conspiratorial concepts”. If it sells, it does not matter what the evidence shows, or the scientific validation.
Accordingly, one traditional magazine put the estimate of “UFO believers” in the range of about two thirds of the American population. The likelihood of a higher correlation is probably a good assumption. Therefore, approximately three out of every four Americans accept the notion of alien lifeforms, with roughly one in three believing aliens have visited earth.
Given that belief systems vary, and motivations are diverse, one aspect that stands out permeates the social strata. Making a living from “UFO phenomena. One online blog suggests that not everyone profits, but some do very well. By writing books, gaining a following and grabbing international notoriety, along with media promotions, a few make the genre lucrative. In furthering the discussion concerning the “alien agenda”, another aspect involves constructing a cosmos teaming with life everywhere. This notion, aside from any monetary advantages for one person or another, is a more fascinating temptation. One online science forum for instance mentioned the “Fermi Paradox”. This suggest the contrast between the lack of scientific evidence and the probability of other life forms in the cosmic order. Where are the aliens?
Better yet, where is the data? In other words, what scientific hardcore validation produces the viability of proof beyond any doubt? Perhaps in post-modern America that is too extreme. Forget that nonsense about evidentiary criteria. Presently there appears a resurgence of not only anti-intellectualism, but also anti-science thinking. Mere speculation based on eyewitness testimony, as an example, is insufficient. Logically speaking, bias influences conclusions at every opportunity, while the observer influences his or her observations. Opinions, rumors, hearsay, and gossip offer nothing of consistent provable data to substantiate probabilities. As suggested by one scientist, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
As to science, here the inference is in favor of those areas such as astrophysics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics to name a few. Often, some call this realm the “hard sciences”. Meanwhile, in the alleged “soft sciences”, or protestations of the pseudosciences, philosophies thrive in the areas of criminology, psychology, sociology and theology. While a few freely admit the sphere of the “social studies” areas are not hard sciences, others cringe, as they desperately want consideration as a “scientist”. In that dominion, debates can rage as to whom is the most scientific, others can assess who cares. Regardless, evidence remains critical.
In the imaginative processes of thinking, many people are quite creative. So far, for a majority of alien adherents, the inventiveness of cosmic engineering designs a universe teeming with all kinds of life forms. With billions of possible habitats, why not? Unfortunately, again hard evidence does not suffice the near religious conviction of science fiction enthusiasts. In this reference, several researchers provide commentary for the assertion that alien aficionados pursue a “theological” conviction for advanced cosmic species. Elevated to a divine state of intergalactic supremacy, believers place humans in a subservient role to alien ascendancy.
For this discussion, the term “profit” is not limited to the monetary incentive alone. Instead, the application applies to any form of gain derived from promoting, advocating or otherwise proselytizing a cosmic or supernatural perspective. Notably, this doe not mean there is anything wrong with any belief system as an individualized personal point of view. At least for the time being, in America, everyone is entitled to her or his outlook. Alternatively, when “profitability” and intolerance for opposing perspectives enter the public arena, problems arise. Disputes and disagreements in communal discourse ought to allow for the reasonable engagement. All too often, in contemporary mainstream, dangerous condescension quickly devolves discussion.
Regardless, conspiracy theories of one form or another abound in great abundance, particularly in the allegedly “highly educated” U.S. population. Revisit that for a moment. Logical skepticism, reinforced by scientific and forensic analysis seems woefully deficient in the “postmodern” American framework. While some potentially maintain amazing brilliance in niche or domain subsets, areas of particular expertise, outside that, ignorance astounds the few. From alien DNA creating humans to 21st century “sociopolitical tribalism”, many pursue a claim to fame. Fake news, scheming hoaxes and all manner of hucksterism manifest an array of con artistry.
In a devolving society, allowing that supposition for the moment, not much in terms of intellectual advancement has a high probability of exception. The vast stretches to global ramifications further the conceptualization of an intellectually eroding population. As to the opportunistic possibilities, criminals of every sort take advantage of targets of opportunity. Social media is rife with foolish pretentiousness of “tubular selfie-isms”. By “tubular”, the verbiage intends reference to those who feel the need to exhibit themselves in a podcast recreation of them. For “them”, metaphorically inferring an alternative form of self-centeredness.
A tube, a podcast, a video channel in some streaming service boasts the superficially of limited knowledge and understanding of the mysteriousness surrounding the world. Not to forget of course, the nature of exceptionality. Yet, exceptions to a notion of rampant social media foolishness, and the spread of erroneous commentary, is a small percentage. At critical junctures of communal battles for truth versus fiction, where facts become annoying distractions, desired needs for self-validation rage rampantly. Mental conflicts struggle against the realization that growing up and developing mature self-evolving transition requires extraordinary discipline. For most people, adolescence embraces the cowardice of refusing to transform. Personal liberation in every aspect of individual ideation is a frightening prospect for nearly everyone.
Again, exceptionality applies. Disengagement from the status quo, the contrived consensus and the enforced normality, is psychically rebellious and invites retaliation. Whatever is defined as “normal” depends on the range of communal acceptance. At any given time, resistance is not futile in the sense that acceptance of consequences is understood. Yet, many cowards creep the landscape of social interactivity. From selfie neediness in self-promoting “tube shows”, to pretentious pontifications of “opining blogs”, the ruse of anti-science faux intellectualism fogs the atmosphere of social discourse. Foolishness abounds with rabid proliferation via superficial mimicry in the excessive use of techno gadgetry. Ignorance in self-importance wears many disguises.
In echoes of the past, an assertion that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, for most that is quickly overshadowed by retaliatory invective. In response to a probable rational inquiry, hunting for the evidentiary validation, many will do little to expand, enhance or otherwise enrich their innate abilities beyond the pseudo-intellectual babble of social media. For none of those with the power to exemplify an enlightened ascendency will demonstrate exceptionality of honorable personality. Its too personal, much material gain or psychic fame profane any inclination to the bravery of differentiation. Selfishness is far too critical an essential necessity for many, if not most often the attendant example. The blasphemy of stupidity spreads everywhere.
For the serious, that is to say, the mature grownup and self-evolving investigator, profound non self-serving objectivity is a powerful force to harness. As bias most always influences the conjecture of generalized conclusions. An observer of phenomenon typically infuses subsequent notions with his or her bias, prejudices and personal dysfunctions. In the pseudosciences, the “social studies” arena, particularly criminology, psychology, sociology and theology, extraordinary bias promotes a diversity of nebulous notions. Anecdotal speculation, opined self-importance, and exaggerated so-called “peer review” blur the efficacy of scientific validation.
Meanwhile, maturity keeps watch near the playpen in the nursery of infantile ideas.
Maturation in the investigative process moves beyond the resume', or the curriculum vitae in the unnecessary advocacy of personal adulation. No title or rank supersedes the vitality of hardcore X-rated, in the face flush of provable scientific sufficiency. Nonetheless, the wonderful world of creative fiction, in movies, television, books and short stories, portrays the improbable as the probable. For which, many, including those who ought to know better, salaciously desire the fiction of “fact”. Subjective validation in hopefulness for the fabrication to be reality permeates the vast reaches of the societal mainstream. Social media enjoys complicity.
In view of the abundance of fake news, social media distortion and mainstream media sales propaganda, profiteering on ignorance is extremely lucrative. Such deliberate status quo enforcement of ideological superficiality and ethical inconsistency contrives a diversity of intellectual challenges. While this remains one dimension of foolish narcissism, the infantile self-interests span many other spectrums of societal connectedness. Within multigenerational life cycles, other dimensional factors collusively mix educational processes, institutional environments, governmental mechanisms, and various forms of consumptive consumerism. Along with the vast reach of entertainment venues, movies and television play a big role.
The discerning inquisitor faces monumental quests in sifting through the massive amounts of data to uncover the reality of factual authenticity. Every day in every techno way, streams of sound bites filled with ads, commercials, apps, promos, etc., fog the awakened state of consciousness. Alleged documentaries, pretentious “news” stories, and movie making science fiction boast a variety of other worldly manifestation. There is a reason fiction is called fiction, particularly when it comes to the realm of pseudoscience. It's a fabrication, untruth and deliberate misrepresentation of reality. Yet, most people will accept fictional portrayals as seemingly quasi-truthfulness. Few people insist upon a reasonable level of skepticism and a healthy sense of objectivity.
In the 21st, belief in the paranormal, the supernatural and the extraterrestrial has grown. Ghosts, goblins, gremlins and little green space creatures garner daily attention across a wide swath of society. According to a major university study in 2015, in spite of advances in the technology, the vast majority of the population cling to a variety of supernatural beliefs. More than two thirds, or abut 73% of the American population believe in “other worldly” manifestations. According to that study, as well as others, “alien issues”, from UFO's to abductions and visitations, fall within those beliefs. As conspiracy theories abound, aliens play a central role in the deception.
The profit is in the prophet, and the prophecy is the conspiracy for the fabrication of wishful thinking. Realizing of course that “profit” has many aspects, from the psycho realm to the vast sphere of materiality. Transcending the metaphorical implication of alien profiteering for cosmic engineering, the inference inclines toward the multiplicity of illicit conspiracies. Rampant throughout the west in particular, where intellectual achievement is a hallmark of social blaster and academic blather, remains the salacious gratification of conspiratorial flirtations. In the macabre fascination of politicians, pundits and priestly proselytes, the unscientific and inexperienced “influencers”, most will pursue the misdirection of their celebrity worship.
For so long as gain is the sensual claim to fame, the essence of rational reality devolves to they mystic notions of collective gratification at any cost. A kind of cosmic collective hedonism spreads throughout social media as though everyone is “expert” in the diverse realm of the sciences. Not only that, but a mere selfish framework of ideological totalitarianism sweeps the “infotainment” networks in counterproductive intolerance. In general, the “alien conspiracy” aids the widespread conglomeration of one fake claim after another, and is representative of a devolving culture. As some would assert, many people willingly surrender common sense for self-interest.
As to “alien profiteering”, it is a typecast, a euphemism, and a reworded understatement of public pabulum to pacify the ignorance of a devolving age. Collectively hedonist, the rush to consume endlessly all manner of “self-medicating” escapism, an externality of blame and shame degrades the very nature of truthful investigative intellectual processes. Not to be seen as different, accepting the status quo unquestionably, embracing unproved consensus, and cowering in complicity, most will assemble in the crowded halls of hasty generalizations. To satiate fears rather than advance intellectual ascension, emotional reactivity evades logical consistency.
Nonetheless, the gurus of material gain, perpetrate the sleight of hand legerdemain whenever profitably possible. There will always be followers without question who willfully pursue their own confirmation bias in the illusion of personal affirmation. In one study, a flashback to the past suggested that scholars, from the sphere of anthropological investigation, nearly 75 years ago, predicted that “irrational supernatural” thinking would erode toward higher reaches of rational scientific investigative inquiry. However, such a prediction, instead, faded to the continual rise of the hunt for phantoms, ghosts, and Martians. Logical thinking suffers painfully.
One study suggests, out of an academic pursuit, that normality for Americans includes a strong belief in other worldly things. Seemingly, a conjecture might claim that for many people, believing in themselves in not a particularly vital factor. Instead, embracing things outside the extraordinary nature of human potential is preferred. As intellectual pursuits slowly fade, the enormous reliance on social media, techno-gadgetry and magical thinking, takes the place of critical analysis.
With the massive availability of “cosmic” entertainment means, like books, movies, television shows, and so forth, it is all too easy to let others do the thinking. Binge watching the “magic” unfold in a pseudoscientific drama, while clinging to the rush of cell phone digitation, provides the wonderfully shallow fulfillment of amative excitation. As celestial dimensions of biased intentions satiate alien profiteering for cosmic engineering reality fades to the shadows.
Randy Gonzalez, 40 year veteran of the law enforcement community. College professor of law enforcement operations.
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