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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: rfsignal@sprynet.com [Cathy Johnson]
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 18:59:11 -0800
Fwd Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 09:40:03 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 21:42:08 -0600 (CST)
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Dennis <dstacy@texas.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>>From: rfsignal@sprynet.com [Cathy Johnson]
>>Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 08:45:17 -0800
>>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>>>Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:29:26 +0200
>>>From: Jakes Louw <LOUWJE@telkom.co.za>
>>>To: updates@globalserve.net
>>>Subject: UFO UpDate: Re:  ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c


>>>Now very possibly, although statistically highly
>>>improbably, 4 million US citizens have been
>>>abducted. OK.

>That number comes from something known as the Roper Report, which
>is totally without any sort of substantiation whatsoever. It is a
>disservice to you personally to give it more than the time of
>day, and a greater disservice to the public at large to pass it
>around as if it had any meaning at all, let alone as if it were
>somehow proved. The number is a total charade and completely
>without foundation.

Thank you for clearing up the source of that information.
Personally, I have no idea of the numbers of abductees in North
America.  I am on several lists that are exclusively for
abductees.  It seems that there are small groups of people who
have gotten together to share their experiences.  Some of these
groups are literally encounter groups.  Others are more informal
in intent and content.  I would suppose it is a topic of its

The fact that one person had an unusual story to tell would be
very intriguing, and more than likely true.  But, the crowds of
people that have had such experiences has only served to confuse
everything with a host of possibilities that defies the
imagination.  Now what?  Do you believe her, him or them?  Who
would you believe?  I don't even know who to believe.

Oh, guess what I found...

The "abduction experience"2 is characterized by subjectively real
memories of being taken secretly and/or against one's will by
apparently nonhuman entities and subjected to complex physical
and psychological procedures.3 The number of such experiences has
been estimated by Jacobs (1992) as 5-6% of the population, and by
Hopkins, Jacobs, and Westrum (1992) as 2% of the population.
More conservative estimates may be derived by counting the actual
number of cases that have been reported by investigators.  For
example, Bullard's (1994) survey of 13 investigators yielded
1,700 cases.  Whatever the number, few aspects of ufology have
attracted as much attention.  To those who dismiss the
possibility that UFOs may be spacecraft, the notion of abductions
by UFO occupants is seen as inherently implausible.  For those
who believe that UFOs are under the control of extraterrestrials,
abduction experiences suggest both a rationale for surreptitious
UFO activity and an opportunity to learn about the purpose
underlying such activity.  In essence, the abduction experience
is seen as an answer to the proverbial question, "Why don't they
land on the White House lawn?"

Take care for now,
Cathy Johnson

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