Zoe Saldana, a star in the upcoming science fiction movie, Star Trek Beyond, says she believes in the existence of aliens. In fact, she thinks it is only logical that alien life inhabits the universe with mankind. The 38-year-old actress is part of an ever-increasing number of people who believe in a host of otherworldly potentialities from ghosts to aliens and UFOs.
Female First reported July 17 that Zoe Saldana, whose latest movie, Star Trek Beyond, is set to launch in theaters, not only believes in aliens, she also believes in parallel universes where a myriad of other Zoe Saldanas live and in places where time is frozen. She doesn’t quite get the science behind any of it, she admits, but she “feels” it on the subconscious level.
“It’s so logical to me that there’s something else out there.”
“I mean,” she goes on to say, “why would there be so much space otherwise? Plus, I really do believe in a place where time does not exist. I believe there are other Zoes out there and parallel universes and black holes. My conscious mind may not have the intellectual capacity to embrace the grandeur of it all, but my being feels it.”
Although Saldana’s fictional Vulcan shipmate, Spock, might have a problem with her logic of assuming the vastness of space itself is a prerequisite for the existence of living organisms, he would totally agree that a young Nyota Uhura (Saldana’s character in the Star Trek franchise) has the right to speculate that alien, or all life forms that might exist in the universe, exist merely to fill an abhorrent vacuum. Saldana would also fit right in with a growing number of humans that believe there is something else out there.
According to Joseph P. Laycock, assistant professor of Religious Studies at Texas State University, there has been a resurgence in the belief in UFOs, aliens, and the paranormal. He argues in The Conversation that in the last century, societal changes and technology seemed to have ushered in not only increased secularization by scientific demystification of wondrous things (like extraterrestrials and UFOs), starting with the use of science to explain everything. German sociologist Max Weber noted in a speech in 1918 that the reducing of the world through scientific analysis was being taken for granted. “The world,” he stated, “has become disenchanted.”
And over time, Laycock argues, disenchantment has led to a re-enchantment, albeit in cycles. The late 1970s and 1980s, he acknowledged, were awash in the belief in UFOs and aliens, mostly due to the rise in popularity of science fiction through movies like Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET, the Extraterrestrial, and the launch of the Star Trek movie franchise based on the 1960s cult classic television series and other Star Trek TV series. Using public opinion polls to illustrate, the Religious Studies professor showed that belief in UFOs and such seemed to wane as the turn of the century approached; societal concerns seemed to become more mundane, and the advent of the internet seemed to offer an answer for everything once again. But in recent years, there appears to have been another societal shift back to believing once again.
Laycock suggests that there might be a much broader social cycle at work. Increased secularization, he says, did not necessarily give rise to disenchantment because populations seemed to turn to other superstitions and thought processes while seeking out less traditional methods to follow spiritual paths and find non-scientific or partially scientific answers to the inexplicable. A coming back around to enchantment, as it were. He also notes a rise in anti-science philosophies which are supported by those who rationalize the repudiation of the scientific method as a “courageous examples of free inquiry.” The pinnacle of this, he notes, is the political rise of Donald Trump, who has taken the Republican Party’s nomination for president despite nonsensical and antagonistic positions on various subjects concerning race, climate change, and social problems. This behavior is an eschewing of expert opinion in favor of unsubstantiated and fear-driven reasoning to attack logical and scientific standards.
Zoe Saldana apparently belongs to the new wave of the re-enchanted. But not all follow that particular path. There are any untold number of those who believe in aliens and UFOs, if only as a mathematical potentiality regardless of empirical evidence to the contrary. A recent study reported by Inquisitr suggests that not only are the odds against the Earth housing the universe’s sole or first intelligent life form is measured at ten billion trillion to one, it is also quite likely that there have been at least ten billion alien civilizations that have existed in the more than 14 billion-year life of the universe. Another study, also reported by the Inquisitr, offers up an idea, based partially on the famed alien civilization-calculating Drake Equation, that alien first contact will be made within the next 1,500 years. It is studies such as these, work based on theory and scientific extrapolation, that also foster belief in aliens, and in what are sometimes observed as UFOs, by some members of the general populace.
Zoe Saldana’s new movie, Star Trek Beyond, will be in theaters on July 22. She’ll also reprise her role in another science fiction sequel, The Guardians of the Galaxy 2, later this year when she portrays the green-skinned alien assassin, Gamora.
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