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Re: 'Alien Abductions' by Peter Brookesmith

From: John Velez <jvif@spacelab.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 02:39:36 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 07:00:06 -0400
Subject: Re: 'Alien Abductions' by Peter Brookesmith

>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: 'Alien Abductions' by Peter Brookesmith
>Date: Mon, 27 Jul 98 19:20:41 -0500
>From: Pat Parrinello <pparri@crossfields.com>
>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>

>>From: Moderator, UFO UpDates - Toronto
>>Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 16:03:52 -0400
>>Subject: 'Alien Abductions' by Peter Brookesmith

>>I'm in the throes of reading the Duke of Mendoza's latest
>>tome. Since most of those involved in the pages of
>>'Alien Abductions' are subscribers and contributors to
>>UpDates I want to pass along the following to the List:

>>Dust Jacket Notes from:

>>'Alien Abductions'
>>by Peter Brookesmith

>>Copyright 1998 Brown Packaging Books Ltd


>>described as 'the most charming of the UFO sceptics'.

>>'Alien Abductions'
>>by Peter Brookesmith

>>Copyright 1998 Brown Packaging Books Ltd


>Aw, the guy can't handle good Texas brew, or Red Dog or Bud. He
>settled for wine coolers when he came here to visit. I'll say one
>thing though, he is indeed charming. Even if he does come equipped
>with a Zip drive & no battery.

>Never sell Her Majesties' skeptic short, I say,... sell him at a
>discount. :)

> Pat~


I agree. Sell him at a discount! ;-)

I'm only about a third of the way through the book. The copy I
received has several bits (individual articles) out of sequence
and it has made the reading slow and difficult. I have to hunt
through the book to see where one section is continued. It
changes randomly from page to page sometimes. I would imagine it
was an error in layout on the part of the printer and not the
way that Peter wrote it.

I cannot speak for anyone else. In the section that covers my
case Peter offers a purely mental/psychological explanation for
my experiences. ie; "hypnogogic/hypnopompic hallucinations.

Maybe so Duke, maybe so.

But in the same section where I am discussing the 'physical
sequelae' to these experiences Peter reports; "so far, the cause
for the scars (refering to my son James) remains unexplained."
While these marks may have a prosaic explanation, none has been
forthcoming. Not from my own family physician (who I have heard
remark on more than one occasion when confronted with the odd
marks and fully healed scars that we have presented, "I have
never seen anything like that!" No explanation for them has been
forthcoming from _any_other_quarter_ either.

Other than "stigmata" (which our scoop marks, bruises, and scars
are not) I am still waiting for someone to show me any
information/data/ evidence for hallucinations that leave marks
such as those (that we abductees) are presenting. Nope, sorry,
never heard of a hallucination that leaves 1/8" to 1/4" wide
craters (scoop marks) on the skin. Or a mark that appeared
overnight on my wifes' thigh (band/strap-like indentation) and
took 18 months to heal. Or the two identical (clean surgical
scars) that my son sports over each knee, or any number of other
equally odd manifestations that we have to live with. Peter
addresses the possibility that what we are experiencing is
purely psychological, but until someone can explain these damn
physical manifestations, and explain to me what those UFOs are
that I've been seeing all my life (many times under multiple
witness, daylight, and close-up conditions,) . . .I just don't
buy it. Peter is entitled to his opinions. But until this issue
is properly addressed and acknowledged; purely psychological
explanations simply don't hold much agua! (H2O)

I do want say that I have grown to like Peter immensely and I
value our friendship. Folks may disagree with him (I do!) but
when opposing points of view and philosophy are put on the side
and it's time to put down 'the mask' and just be a person, Peter
is one _glorious_bastard_ and I'm glad to know him.


John Velez