If you haven’t read Part 1, it is best to go over it first before reading this since it’s connected. And to continue… When asked if talking with these scientists has made her a believer in the existence of extraterrestrials, Pasulka replies that although she is no longer a nonbeliever, she would also not call herself a firm believer. She does not yet believe in the existence of intelligent life from other planets, but she does admit that strange phenomena that she cannot explain do exist. She also admitted that she was very surprised at the number of scientists researching UFOs and alien life. She had no idea that people from the best universities who were investigating these phenomena existed.
She also narrated one of her experiences with the scientist who worked at NASA. The scientist took her and a molecular scientist friend to a secret location in New Mexico near Roswell. There they were able to take a close look at several things that were extremely unusual. When asked for details about the unusual items, she describes one of them. It was some form of a metallic alloy that felt like the skin of a frog except that it also felt metallic. It was suggested that the items might have been fake, Pasulka agreed that it was a distinct possibility. However, in her book, she does not state whether they’re fake or not. Her role as a student of religion is not to decide whether these beliefs are true or not. She dislikes not being definite about the items she was shown, but she genuinely does not know what they are, and she does not have any explanation for them. The only thing she can state is that they are truly strange and unexplainable. She does not know whether intelligent life from other planets exists, but that is not the focus of her book. Her book deals more with the belief in extraterrestrials being a new type of religion and how it’s becoming more popular among technologists and scientists as well as among the general American public.
Pasulka explains that the confusion lies in people thinking of their religion when the idea of religiosity is discussed when asked why she refers to the belief in UFOs and alien life as a new type of religion when such beliefs do not have any dogmas or rituals like traditional religions. Most people in America belong to traditional religions such as Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, which have dogmas and rituals. However, other religions in the world do not believe in a god or have dogmas. An example is Zen Buddhism. There is even a religion founded on Star Wars. What most religions do share is a belief in something supernatural and beyond what humans normally experience that communicates with human beings. And this is something that can be found in believing that alien life exists. Something she finds very interesting is that people who do not believe in miracles believe in UFOs and intelligent alien life. It was suggested that this belief in UFOs is due to traditional religion’s loss in appeal, and Pasulka wholeheartedly agrees. She also thinks it’s because humanity is exploring space more. She also believes that people’s fear of an apocalyptic disaster happening is a factor. These people are hoping that an advanced extraterrestrial civilization would come to help avert an apocalypse.
Pasulka states that it’s difficult to give a clear-cut answer when asked if the belief in intelligent extraterrestrial life is a result of people worshiping technology. Technology is a major factor since it dominates the world. Some believe that technology, such as artificial intelligence will destroy humanity. But some believe that humanity will be saved by technology from an impending worldwide disaster. What cannot be denied is that technology shall be in the heart of humanity’s future. And technologically-advanced extraterrestrials serve as technological angels in the minds of many people. When asked how authorities of traditional religions would react if extraterrestrial life is proven to exist, Pasulka replies that such an event would have a major impact on several religions, changing them in many ways. But she also believes that there are religions that can accept the idea of life from other planets such as Buddhism. Pasulka feels that it’s secular people and atheists who are more likely to be disturbed because movies tend to depict extraterrestrials as conquerors. Religious people, on the other hand, tend to view extraterrestrials as fellow creatures of God. Pasulka concludes that if intelligent alien life is proven to exist, it would certainly have a deep and intense impact on humanity. But how it would change humanity’s view of themselves and how they fit within the universe is very difficult to predict.