Canadians in four provinces reported seeing a record number of unidentified flying objects in 2007, according to an annual report released by a Winnipeg-based non-profit organization that has recorded UFO sightings since 1989.
The UFOlogy Research Institute, which compiles data from sources including Transport Canada and the Department of National Defence, said researchers examined 836 alleged UFO sightings in 2007, an increase of almost 12 per cent over 2006.
In the wake of National Geographic's Extraterrestrial and increased funding for pursuit of extraterrestrial life, no doubt many more amateurs are anxious to help. And the more people look up at the night sky, the more strange things will be discovered - or anyway believed in.
As G.K. Chesterton said long ago, when people stop believing in God, they do not believe in nothing, they believe in just about anything.
Here are some other recent items from my blogs Colliding Universes, and The Mindful Hack:
From Colliding Universes
All existence is the expression of wisdom
So what if fossil bacteria are found on Mars? Polls show many Americans expect Star Trek!
Talking to origin of life scientists: Like giving a bobcat a prostate exam?
Agnostic mathematician: God is in the discoveries, not in the gaps (assuming he exists)
Carl Sagan and celebrity cosmology: Was he the best cosmology could do? Or the best celebrity could do?
Berlinski: Creation of everything out of nothing - a clinical level of self-delusion?
And what if the Large Hadron Collider doesn't find the Higgs boson ... ? Philosophy time!
Philosopher: God is not dead, and physics arguments are one of the reasons
Stephen Hawking, miffed over science funding cuts, to move to Ontario, Canada?
From The Mindful Hack:
Are religious ideas innate?
Creating belief systems more essential to our humanity than making tools?
Neuroscience: How complex is your brain? More than you can easily imagine!
Hunting, herding, hiding, and hustling - that explains our social relationships?
Psychiatrist Jeff Schwartz speaks on what drugs can do for you - and what you and your mind must do for yourself