The other day I got into an argument with my girlfriend about whether crop circles are created by aliens. I pointed out that many people have since come forward since the inception of the circle craze, and that their intricacy and expedited nature are well within the realm of human ability. The video below is by a group called Circle Makers and all the designs shown have been created by them, for the past 20 years.
She however thought otherwise. I posed the simple question to her of plausibility. Since humans have come forward and claimed responsibility for these circles, isn’t it more plausible for them to be of human design?
But the Stalks are Bent!
It seems obvious to me that these circles ARE of human origin, and applying Occam’s Razor yields the same conclusion. This entire question however, hinges upon the idea that there is extra-terrestrial life out there (somewhere). I do not doubt that there other forms of life in the vast universe, but the idea of them coming to us is highly unlikely to me. It seems common place to apply unimaginable technological capabilities to these visitors, somehow escaping universally common rules of physics (at least in this universe). Being that there is a universal speed limit on travel (speed of light 186,000 mi/s) I find it hard to believe that possible lifeforms could feasibly travel the IMMENSE distances found in space. The kind of distances we can’t actually understand.
I will digress to mention how life in space is feasible. Being that there are an estimated 100 billion planets, if the chance for life within a certain star system were 1 in 1000000000, there would still be 100 different inhabitable planets. Statistically, it appears inevitable that some planet resting within their own “Goldilocks zone” with produce life. The “Goldilocks” zone is a band around a star in which the orbiting planet will receive the light and heat necessary to sustain life as we know it. There could or course be other ways of developing outside of the kind of “Goldilocks” zone that our planet occupies, but we are looking for where we know there theoretically could be life. Applying the anthropic principle, that is to say, realizing that life can occur and has a chance of occurring within the universe because we are here, extraterrestrial life doesn’t seem that far-fetched. But they don’t produce our crop circles, we do.
A final point, isn’t it interesting that in the 70′s and 80′s there was ample “evidence” for UFO’s and the like, while today in the age where EVERYONE has a camera or video capturing device on them 24/7, there is little to no evidence that legitimately surfaces? That’s because self-delusion is a powerful agent, and also no aliens have visited us.