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The Science of Alien Abductions

  1. Dec 17, 2003 #1
    Alien Abductee Stress

    Thousands of people claim that they have been abducted by aliens. Are they lying? Research suggests that, in many cases, those making the claim truly believe it happened.

    "In case after case after case, I've been impressed with the consistency of the story, the sincerity with which people tell their stories, the power of the feelings connected with this, the self-doubt," John Mack, a psychiatrist at Harvard University who has worked with people who claim to have been abducted, told PBS' NOVA. " I worked with people over hundreds and hundreds of hours, and have done as careful a job as I could to listen, to sift out, to consider alternative explanations. And none have come forward. No one has found an alternative explanation in a single abduction case."

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  3. Dec 17, 2003 #2
    Had the same psychiatrist interviewed people of the middle ages, he would have found similar numbers who had reported being visited by a incubus/succubus while they slept. These people were also quite convinced of the truth of their experience.

    Did that make it true?

    Research has shown that about five percent of the population are highly suggestible. To ignore this is an injustice to sincere investigation.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2003 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    This doesn't help your case. This only supports the assertion that this alleged alien abduction phenomenon goes back throughout recorded history.
     
  5. Dec 17, 2003 #4

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    But this is nothing new. There has been plenty of research into false memory generation. In fact, Mack has borne the brunt of criticism in this regard, and has been known to employ dubious methods.

    http://www.csicop.org/si/9605/mack.html
     
  6. Dec 17, 2003 #5

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    The Economist, December 13th-19th

    "Few readers of The Economist, one would imagine, have seen a one-eyed dwarf with bat-like wings, pointed ears and sharpened talons. Even fewer are likely to have been sodomized by one. Many of the people of Zanzibar, however, sincerely believe in Popobawa, an incubus who supposedly rapes men who doubt his existence. Isolated sightings are reported every year. Locals say that Popobawa appears accompanied by a puff of smoke, usually on Pemba, the smaller of the spice islands that make up this semi-autonomous part of Tanzania."

    If John Mack were to interview some of these people, would he again report "In case after case after case, I've been impressed with the consistency of the story, the sincerity with which people tell their stories, the power of the feelings connected with this, the self-doubt."
     
  7. Dec 17, 2003 #6
    An incubus, or succubus, is just an angel that has some sort of sexual relation with men, whether raping or at will.
     
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  8. Dec 17, 2003 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Not quite, there is no sexual discrimination when it comes to such matters.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incubus
     
  9. Dec 18, 2003 #8
    Very informative Ivan.
    Radagast, are you sure it is only 5%?
     
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