There are varying beliefs about extraterrestrials out there, from people who believe aliens have already taken over all world governments to those who think there is no such thing as a being not from our planet. Extraterrestrial churches have popped up since at least the 1960s. Some people claim to have been abducted by aliens and experimented on, while others say the aliens have lectured them about not polluting the Earth. There are even people who have constructed elaborate theories about how humans and all the animals on the planet are here because aliens placed them here as part of an experiment or out of some unknown benevolence.
Interestingly enough, statistically men are more predisposed to a belief in aliens than women are. Some researchers think this is a result of men thinking logically as they reason that with all the planets out there, at least some have to be inhabited by sentient life, and out of all those planets at least some of that life has technology beyond our own.
Interestingly enough, many reported alien encounters fall along archetypal waves. The first ones in the 1940s and 1950s centered almost exclusively on "little green men." Such accounts have largely disappeared. Since then, almost all accounts have centered on "Greys." As I mentioned before, people have described similar scenarios of being taken against their will, being exposed to a bright white light and being experimented on. Some have even claimed they were impregnated by extraterrestrials.
It certainly is easy to write off all accounts of these close encounters of the third kind by saying the witnesses are a bunch of redneck yokels, but some recent scholarship on the subject has uncovered that many highly educated people who live in urban areas will admit to experiencing similar events, even though they are too embarrassed to tell anyone about it.
So what's the deal with aliens? Are you a believer, or do you think it's a case of mass hysteria?