Urg. Sorry, Endless. I came across as pretentious, and that wasn't my intent. I was rushing out a reply before heading out the door. What I should have written was I had a different perspective, but said perspective doesn't in any way negate yours or anyone elses. My take on ET close encounters is that the phenomenon is real (in the sense that it's clearly a profound sensory experience that can have significant, long-term effects on the experiencer), but how that phenomenon is interpreted is open for anlysis. What you've got with the ET abduction phenomenon is a mountain of circumstantial evidence, a hefty dose of physical evidence, but very little if any attempts by the scientific community to seriously study the subject objectively (John Mack is as close as we got). So without any real objective foundation for inquiry, it's anyone's guess what's going on, what's real and what's not, and what it all means. Personally, I'm on the opposite side of your conclusions above. Nothing wrong with that: I respect your POV, I'm not suggesting you're wrong, and I'm certainly not going to try to argue against it. My views get a little complicated, but the short of it is that, assuming ETs are visitors from Elsewhere (a big assumption): --> If ETs are objectively true (big if), I'm prone to think that they are physical beings with advanced tech capable of FTL travel or some equivalent means of traversing space, operating in our time stream and within the parameters of our physical universe. --> I don't see modern ET activity to be consistent with early historical records human / weird interactions, such as the idea that the ET encounters of today are the fairy encounters of the past. --> I don't see modern ET activity as whimsical trickery, nor do I see it as a manifestation of some collective, human consciousness manifesting in some occult manner. I see it as deliberate, planned down to the fine details, resource intensive, and malevolent. Ancient astronauts may have had different motives, perhaps even ethical intentions, but that's no longer the case, IMO. That's it. Again, I'll reiterate that I'm only writing hypothetically. I'm not suggesting any such phenomena is objectively true. I just like thinking about this kind of thing.