Offbeat — 22 February 2014


In a scientifically developed and modern world, there are many people who still believe in unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and aliens. Whenever people have claimed of watching a UFO in the sky, scientists have defended it with an explanation. Why is it that people still keep on exploring this concept? Let us see some common reasons behind this belief.

Continued search for mystery

Humans are curious by nature and keep looking for answers to unsolved mysteries. They continue believing in unsolved mysteries, as they need to know the reasons behind those happenings. When one mystery is solved, they take on another mystery and carry on. It is people’s subconscious response to an unending and continuous search for mystery.

Fun and fascination

While some people find it fascinating to live with mystical beliefs, others may treat it as fun when they believe in weird things. If they receive favorable answers to their weird beliefs, then they try to interpret these answers in their own ways. If answers do not favor their beliefs, they either ignore or misinterpret them. In a way, it is also something that can lead to self-deception.

Avoidance of cosmic loneliness

Some explanations suggest that people still believe in extraterrestrial objects or UFOs, as they want to deceive themselves regarding their feeling of loneliness. Since they feel like a lonely species or lively planet, they want to believe that there is life elsewhere too. They want to live under this belief that there are civilizations existing to accompany their own human civilization.

Fulfilling own needs

Some people may also like to fulfill their specific needs through a continued belief in UFOs and similar things. They actually do not want things to fit in a logical set of explanations. Thus, they try finding weird things that have no logical explanations.


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Anupam Jolly

With a bachelor’s degree in technology and over five years of experience in online content generation and distribution, Anupam Jolly has been creating and editing content spanning across a variety of domains. An avid environmentalist, Anupam Jolly believes that if humans can degrade the environment, they can save it from disaster too.

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