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Re: Why Migraines Don't Explain UFOs

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 11:33:12 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 23:47:29 -0400
Subject: Re: Why Migraines Don't Explain UFOs

> From: RobIrving@aol.com
> Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 22:21:12 EDT
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Why Migraines Don't Explain UFOs

> Firstly, I have no opinion on whether migraines account for
> UFO-type experiences (I've never had migraines), but it seems
> curious that you appear to so anxious to dismiss the idea without
> bothering to read up on it.

It seems curious to me that anyone would be willing to pay
attention to something so unscientific as a hypothesis without a
discriminator and without reasonable analogy in the literature. I
only did so because it seemed a perfect example of anti-OEH

A 12th century saint seems pretty far to reach when there must
have been thousands of hours of migrane research in the modern

And yet, not one laboratory reproduced close encounter among
them, apparently.

Not that the saint's experience seems like it could account for
anything more than fleeting lights. And absent a diagnosis that
the saint actually suffered from migrane (based on modern
scientific examination), your assertion or the assertion by the
author of a book that the saint's experience was caused by
migrane is no more than that - an unsubstantiated assertion.

You know, it takes more than saying, gee, these symptoms as
written about, usually in a self-report, sound a lot like how I
read a close encounter as appearing. First, you must prove that
the close encounter reporter suffers from migrane. Then you must
prove that the representation of migrane sufferers among close
encounter witnesses is higher than could be accounted for by
chance. Then you must demonstrate a causal connection in the form
of a continuum of migrane experiences from the most headache like
to the most close encounter-like. Then, preferably, you should
have laboratory supervised close encounter migranes, with MRI and
other brain data demonstrating that a migrane was actually in
progress at the time of the hallucination.

And by the way, hyperventilation, a blow on the head, or a
variety of psychotropic drugs, including ergot (occasionally
prevalent in the 12th century, BTW) could have caused an
experience of seeing waves of specks of lights. The hypothesizer
must demonstrate that migrane experiences are also differentiable
from those experiences. And note that the saint's description
isn't much like that of any actual, reliable, close encounter in
the literature.

As I said, I have a lot to read, and until someone shows that
migranes have more relationship to UFOs than did the Corso
fantasy, I just don't have the time or money to waste. I didn't
read Corso, either.

The onus is on the proposer to show the connection.

Mark Cashman, creator of The Temporal Doorway at
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