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Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 99 16:08:15 PST
Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 20:56:45 -0500
Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

>Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 20:28:03 -0500
>From: Mendoza <DarkSecretPB@compuserve.com>
>Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
>>Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality
>>Date: Tue, 02 Feb 99 10:54:43 PST

>That would be a nice fat research job for someone, and life in
>abduction research would actually be _more_ interesting if
>abductologists took the view of proper ufologists, that 95 out
>of 100 claims were likely to fall apart on close inspection. (I
>think Mark Cashman first suggested this might be a fruitful
>approach.) But as abductologists have now decided why the aliens
>are here, and even that they'll be out of the closet within the
>next couple of generations or even the next five years, I doubt
>it'll be one of the familiar crew who'll adopt this line.

For once I agree with the Duke here.  It is futile to argue that
all, or even many, or perhaps even most, abduction claims are
going to withstand scrutiny.  My own experience -- and I'm sure
those of others who've looked into individual cases -- says as
much, as does the empirical evidence of the neglected (though I
cite it again) study by Rodeghier, Goodpaster, and Blatterbauer
published in JUFOS' 1991 issue.

>>I was writing a short story collection by Richard Currey,

>Gosh, Jerry, you never told us this before. And how long did it
>take you to finish "Moby Dick"? :-)

A week or two, and thanks for your interest.

Actually, to be perfectly honest, I was not "writing" Currey's
collection, just reading it.  Much easier.  How long, by the
way, did it take you to write -- er, read --  Anna Karenina?


Jerry Clark

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