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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 10:47:21 PST
Fwd Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 07:56:42 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 23:52:31 -0600 (CST)
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Dennis <dstacy@texas.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> >Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 13:55:06 +0000
> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> >From: Sean Jones <tedric@tedric.demon.co.uk>
> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> >Now if Budd has no *real* idea of the amount of people that have
> >been abducted then who has? So a speculation of "4 million"
> >could be way out OR an _under_ estimate.

> >Who Knows?

> >        Are you a man or a mouse, come on squeek up!
>
                         Sean Jones

> Dear Sean:

> Another question to consider: Let's assume 4 million Americans
> have been abducted. At current rates, we represent approximately
> 1/22nd of the world's total population. If all peoples and
> cultures are being abducted on a proportional, regular and
> democratic basis (and why wouldn't they be?), that would amount
> to some 88 million abductions worldwide over, say, the last 50
> years.

> Do the math. The last time I tried it I think I came up with
> something like 22,000 abductions per hour, 24 hours a day, seven
> days a week, 365 days a year, no weekends or holidays off, and no
> time-and-a-half for overtime. But maybe my numbers are off.

> Or maybe Jerry Clark would like to weigh in on this one? Looks
> like an article in the making for Nature to me. Now who wants to
> write it up and sign their name to it? Jim? Jerry?

> Dennis

Dennis,

Huh?  What does Nature have to do with this?
I don't buy the zillions-of-abductees notion and
have rejected ever since the first time I heard
about it, in a November 1991 phone convesation
with my friend Budd Hopkins. The best piece on
the subject appears in Journal of UFO Studies 4
(new series, 1992); see Hall, Rodeghier, and
Johnson's "The Prevalence of Abductions: A
Critical Look."

Jerry Clark



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