Do Crops Circles Prove Aliens Exist?

The first description of Crop Circles scarring the landscape was in a local British newspaper in 1678, when a farmer claimed he saw the devil cutting perfect circular designs into his field of oats It wasn’t until the 1960s when mystifying large ‘circles’ were discovered in the swamp reeds of Australia, that observers began looking to the skies for answers

After one farmer claimed to have seen a spaceship hovering over his flattened crops, UFOlogists seized onto the idea that the circles were landing sites for aliens, dubbing them, ‘saucer nests’ By the 1980s numerous crop circles were being witnessed in the South of England, especially in the county of Wiltshire The phenomenon gripped the British public, as reporters, UFOlogists, and curious observers attempted to determine the cause of the elaborate overnight formations With no footprint marks leading up to the circles and no one owning up to their creation, a host of conspiracy theories emerged attempting to determine how the crop circles were being created and why Self-proclaimed crop circle experts called cereologists, such as Pat Delgado, informed the public of their alien origins, citing their perfect shapes and the lack of witnesses as proof that they couldn’t be man-made

Thousands of new age thinkers have made annual pilgrimages to crop circles over the decades, but not everyone has been convinced by their supposed mystical properties Despite appearing spontaneously, they always appeared in areas that were easy to access Internationally, crop circles appeared predominantly in secular countries, where people were receptive to New Age beliefs, and they almost never occur in countries with orthodox religious beliefs In 1991 after thirteen years of hearing cereologists proclaim that the recent wave of crop circles could not be man-made, pranksters Doug Bower and Dave Chorley revealed to British news broadcasters ITN, that they were responsible for more than 200 of the apparently ‘authentic’ alien crop circles, while another 1,000 circles worldwide had been made by copycat artists Using simple tools like a plank of wood and rope, Bower and Chorley demonstrated how they had fooled the world

However, the belief that crop circles were signs of alien life didn’t die Even the ITN report that revealed Bower and Chorley as the circle creators ran a disclaimer stating this ‘doesn’t mean all the circles are fake’ Nowadays, cereologists such as Dr Colin Andrews accept that 80% of crop circles are man-made, while maintaining that 20% are unexplainable

According to Professor Richard Taylor, Bower and Chorley’s admission inspired a second wave of crop artists to make use of technological advances and create increasingly sophisticated formations, which has helped perpetuate their mystery Despite crop circles being revealed as a hoax 24 years ago, people from across the world continue to flock to Wiltshire convinced of their supernatural powers Circle maker Rob Irving says the persistent belief that crop circles are a sign of alien life is simply because people want something paranormal to believe in In fact both believers and circle makers benefit from the idea that crop circles are a sign of alien life To fuel the extraterrestrial myth of crop circles, circle makers never claim authorship of a particular formation, while self-styled experts are able to make a good living selling books, giving lectures and conducting walking tours on how crop circles are evidence of aliens

Meanwhile the locals and farmers have been able to generate thousands of pounds catering to international tourists who come to marvel at the mysteries of the circles Unfortunately for them, crop circles have dwindled in Wiltshire and the South of England, as circle makers are now able to make a living by making formations for big brands With the increasing presence of crop circles with Nike ticks and Olympic rings, it seems less and less likely that they are a sign of alien life

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