There are actually University professors who are UFO-fanatics/Illuminati maniacs, conspiracy theorists.
I read of a university professor, who still teaches, and he has a belief that the US government was visited by Pleiadian aliens.
There is a former NASA astronaut who says the US government does have information on extraterrestrials, he died on 2004.
There are many other people of academia who believe that pop stars today are puppets for the Illuminati, etc.
Conspiracy theorists come from all walks of life - university professors, scientists, doctors, models, singers, etc.
There is a doctor who believes the WHO is planning on a major culling of the world population.
I'd like to say myself I believe in Aliens/UFO, but in no way do I associate any of that with my academic work, it is something I just read about, for interests and discussion.
If you ever to happen to comes across with me in real life, I can talk about almost anything, art, science, history, conspiracy, politics, etc.
See, for me, I like specifics. The university professor --of what of where?
Former NASA Astronaut with what proof? How long was he with NASA? Not to say he was completely crazy but --what about his mental state of the time of such stories --whether or not he was compensated for the story, etc etc
"people of academia"...who? Specific people like...?
Also, a small number of people believing in something doesn't make it true. Likewise, neither does a large number. Truth relies on proof. Also, words like 'professors', 'doctors', 'academia' create the illusion of credibility when really, there are plenty of professsors, doctors and academia are still human beings who are equally prone to mistakes as mental illness as the next person (not to say that they are).
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily saying that they're crazy or making things up for one reason or another --but it is important to keep that possibility in mind whenever conspiracy theories or the like are being considered because crazy people do exist, and people do make mistakes. In any investigation into any 'truth' or fact, all variances must be considered. Just my two cents of course.
Edited by Spring Sakura, 28 March 2011 - 10:22 PM.