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Re: Regression Hypnosis: ...?

From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 14:17:15 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 00:10:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Regression Hypnosis: ...?


>In abduction research, the patterns that emerge from many
>abduction accounts arguably serve as a kind of corroboration. Let
>me ask those who've expressed skeptical views of hypnosis: What
>would your reaction be, if you'd been present at several hypnosis
>sessions before "Secret Life" came out, and heard some of the
>abductees describe the feel of the aliens' skin in exactly the
>same way, without any prompting?

>Greg Sandow


Greg,

There are any number of ways to approach the pattern "problem".
In the above example, I might say that there is a relatively
limited number of common words available to the layperson to
describe skin: rough, scaly, smooth, dry, oily, cold, warm and
maybe a few more.

In other words, let's do an experiment. We've probably all been
into a modern museum or nature center where they have these
little boxes with an opening into which kids can stick their
hands and feel some natural object. Would you get a consistent
pattern of description from everyone who stuck their hand inside
(to feel alien skin), or would you get something like the
classic bell curve, a general agreement in the middle, with
extremes of perception on either end? After all, what is warm to
your body might be cold or neutral to mine.

In still other words, is the pattern thus revealed an accurate
reflection of reality, or something inherent to the definition
of "pattern"? In an experiment in which people are asked to draw
the first geometrical figure that pops into mind (and, no, don't
any of you even _think_ about asking for a citation), a third
draw a triangle. That's a clear pattern, but _where_, in
phenomenological terms, does such a pattern lie? Is it cultural
(everyone's seen the Great Pyramid of Giza by now) or is it
somehow buried or encapsulated in the nature of perception (or
the act of imagining) itself?

(The above issue, incidentally, might also address the alien
script issue.)

Furthermore, is the pattern really there to begin with? Jacobs,
by way of example, long resisted the profusion of various alien
types that were being reported, but now seems to have
reluctantly admitted that the little grey pattern (maybe) isn't
quite as consistent or pervasive as it was once thought to be.

My guess is that the pattern may not even be there (if enough
examples were compared), or that if it is present, other
influences _could_ be at work, although not necessarily.

Dennis

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