Alien Abductions: Where have they gone?
Back in 1999, when I first started teaching Biology in Science Fiction, the Weekly World News reported that fully 20% of Americans have been abducted by aliens. (And returned, more or less intact.)
Jonathan Cole’s explanation is ingenious. Of course, why should aliens bother to do wet-lab experiments on humans when we’ve uploaded so much data on ourselves? There’s a whole science of bioinformatics based on data mining. Now traditional experimentalists warn about the pitfalls of data mining without “real” experiments (go back and reread Jurassic Park–the original book, not the movie). But really, can you blame the aliens?
Have you ever tried experimenting on a human? Any idea what a nuisance they can be? Injecting armadillos with tuberculosis is easy by comparison.
As for implants, today’s humans outfit themselves with so many electronic devices that the interference makes it worthless. Just try sorting out your implant signals from here to the mothership, with all those Lolcats cluttering the radiowaves.
So, let’s add to the virtues of NCBI: The ginormous human database (plus that of our relatives, the animals, plants and microbes) serves to distract aliens from abducting our citizens.
What do you think? Where have all the aliens gone?