I'm really just trying to figure all of this stuff out so if you feel you can blow my idea out of the water then please do. I don't have a personal attachment to this belief and am interested in hearing and considering yours. I'm far from an expert in this field, I'm just a curious guy who knows little. So please give me your thoughts. Also-I realize that much or all of my theory is not new or groundbreaking. Although some aspects of it I've never encountered before. Also, I have no idea if I'm actually right and to what degree I am right if I am even right at all. I start with the lack of explanatory power of Darwinian evolution. The staggering lack of transitional fossils and the Cambrian explosion etc, to me demonstrate a lot of deficiencies and lack of full explanatory power of the theory. Sure natural evolution probably does happen on some level, but it seems to me that some sort of intelligence facilitated the development of animals and us. Check the ID movement for thoughts on this. The best in the business that I know is Dr. Stephen Meyer. The difference between Meyer and I as that I suspect that this "external creating agent" were probably Extra-Terrestrial beings (at least to the degree that they facilitated biological development of certain creatures), whereas he is a professed Christian. Here are my reasons for believing this. 1) We exist, and Neo-Darwinian evolution does not give us a solid foundation for understanding why our bodies exist 2) So many abduction cases report that they have sperm and/or eggs taken from them during their abductions. Just start listening to accounts and you will see what I mean. Other exams are also performed because, of course, ET wants to know how well it's genetically engineered organism is thriving. 3) Mary Rodwell, whom Alex interviewed states that she has looked into the genetic aspect of it and feels that the evidence leads to the belief that we are hybrids of some sort that had to be artificially manipulated. (I know nothing about this personally, just reporting what she said and that it seems to fit my idea). What is their motive? Before I talk about motive, let me explain what I think about them. I had a conversation with a friend who writes frequently online about these things, and we both agreed that this increased ability to converse and compile information about spiritual matters on the internet (NDE's, OBE's STE and even abductions) along with quantum physics will eventually begin to force a merger of science and spirituality. There are lots of new forums like this and Facebook groups which are now existing and people like us are really learning about this stuff at a rate far unparalleled in history. When mainstream academia finally figures out and realizes that we are immersed in a spiritual existence, it is me and my friends hope that this will lead to something like a Utopia of spiritually enlightened people. This is a long time away and we wont see it. But I feel that other civilizations have already reached this point. They've realized that spirituality is key. They are advanced scientifically and spiritually. When a civilization becomes spiritually enlightened and technologically advanced, they may be able to harness spiritual powers. A brief list of a couple of these reported during abductions 1) Mary Rodwell reported that in her huge survey, most people characterized their abduction experience as positive, with only a minority reporting that their experience was traumatic and negative. 2) Most people state that these ET communicate using Telepathy. This is the standard norm of communication in the spirit world according to most NDErs. 3) People have reported experiencing feelings of intense love, similarly reported during NDE's 2 and 3 above, are either indicative of spirits in pure form, or highly spiritually advanced physical beings. ET's were created the same way we were, or perhaps more directly by God/Creator/Source. I like Tom Campbells ideas concerning the simulation hypothesis. This simulation hypothesis is supported by quantum physics and it makes metaphysical sense. We are essentially conscious beings who are currently residing in these bodies (avatars). The Pre-birth memory data along with between life memory data strongly suggests that we simply choose bodies as avatars in order to come into this simulation to grow spiritually as we learn lessons. ET, in the creative spirit of their (our?) creator or other ET above them, tinkered with life here on Earth and manipulated biological organisms which reached the point that souls could use them properly as avatars for spiritual beings. And perhaps, some of them incarnate here on Earth as a human after they die, as many past life regression patients remember lives on other planets as other beings. As NDE'rs will tell you, a main lesson which they learned during their experience was one of interconnectedness. ET is obviously not here to kill us or take us over. That could've been easily achieved already. But they are spiritually inclined enough to know that we are all interconnected. All consciousness shares a source and has this connection. Therefore, they are interested in us because they are wise enough to know that what happens to us might affect them spiritually as we are all connected, not to mention the fact that they HELPED to bring our bodies into existence. This is why the spend lots of time around nuclear missile facilities and military bases. They are interested in our ability to destroy ourselves. They ARE NOT scared of our weapons. That I can guarantee. When people are abducted, these aliens do not seem like sadists and they return people to their lives generally unharmed. They seem very friendly at times and sometimes just business-like. But it seems clear that they are "not allowed" to really hurt us, generally. That's because our bodies (I say our bodies, because ET did not create US/our souls), were partially formed by them, and they have a vested interest because of the aforementioned interconnectedness, therefore they are probably under orders and are generally "good" themselves. But not all of them. Some are certainly more nefarious than others I am sure. When people are abducted, it seems there is a clear business-like agenda. They perform medical tests ,largely, and collect reproductive tissue/samples frequently. Why would they be doing this? Well, if my theory is true, they would have very good reasons for doing this. I do not suggest that ET created Earth and the Universe. Only that they are genetic engineers.