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Re: Premature Birth & Abduction?

From: Peter Brookesmith Mendoza <DarkSecretPB@compuserve.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 22:05:00 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 06:35:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Premature Birth & Abduction?

With the Duke's compliments:

>From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: Premature Birth & Abduction?
>Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 16:16:58 -0500

>What you need to follow is a procedure like that used in the
>best remote viewing research, or in a JUFOS piece on UFO stories
>in the New York Times.

Using the double-blind method would certainly be a very good
wheeze. I haven't compared the current to the original version
of the paper, but it's worth recalling that Lawson et al
expected fewer correlations between "real" and "false" abduction
stories than they found. Apart from likely lack of resources, it
may be that at the time the surprise was sufficient to let them
consider themselves objective. Obviously, 20+ years on, that
wouldn't do now.

Also the sample should be much larger than Lawson used. And I am
not sure that giving the non-abductees a story structure to work
on, the way he did, would be a good idea today. And there are
lots of other refinements one could think of (and many did).

Finding subjects uncontaminated by abduction accounts today
could be just a trifle tricky, however. And your choice of
judges could also be a delicate matter. But if the experiment
can be repeated it should be. It remains, um, interesting that
no one has yet.

And so on. I sense topic drift. I could make it worse by
remarking here, being too cheapskate to clutter the list with a
separate two-line post, that it took me several bouts of missing
time to write "Anna Karenina", but after a brief infinity
disowned the piece as "an idle tale about a loose woman". On the
other hand I could drag us back on course by asking if, when you
(Greg) were nosing around Lawson's papers, you found any
justification for my possibly false memory that he correlated
particular abduction narratives with natural vs Caesarian

best wishes
Penmanship D. Myrealnameisleotolstoy
Invisible Inker

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