From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993@aol.com> Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 09:36:22 EST Fwd Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 11:48:56 -0500 Subject: Re: 1999 UFO Alien Abduction Conference Announced >Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 18:28:54 -0800 (PST) >From: Rebecca Keith <email@example.com> >Subject: Re: 1999 UFO Alien Abduction Conference Announced >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Kevin, > I would be most interested in hearing more about the new > research and alternative explanations. When is the book coming > out? Late April. It's called 'The Abduction Enigma'. >What is the specialty of Dr. William Cone? Is he an MD or PhD? Dr. Cone is a psychologist with more than twenty years of experience as a clinician. He serves of the staff of several hospitals and has conducted a great deal of research into the abduction phenomena. >Perhaps you could share some highlights of the new research >with this list. This is the most difficult of the questions because much of the new research is somewhat complicated and without a proper foundation is going to sound extreme or will be rejected out of hand. (Note to myself: Now I sound like Gary, though the difference is, the book has been accepted by a publisher and if they maintain the schedule, it will be available to all soon.) It does contain a lengthy discussion of hypnosis as an investigative tool, suggesting many of the pitfalls of hypnotically recovered testimony. The suggestibility of the subject, for example, is something that we, as researchers, do not seem to fully understand. What we see as a simple question to gather more, and sometimes obscured, information, could be a "demand" for information that the subject simply doesn't have. To continue to probe for that information can induce a point where the subject "invents" that information to satisfy the researcher. This is why some states now prohibit witnesses who have been hypnotized (questioned under hypnosis about the crime) from testifying. It is simply too easy to implant information even by the most careful of questioners. There is also a section that expands on my MUFON presentation of a couple of year ago. In that, I suggested that pop culture has included all the elements of alien abduction. If we look to science fiction, we can find everything we find in alien abduction repeatedly. Some of the more recent of the abduction scenarios, such as the suggestion of genetic engineering and manipulation are rare but they do exist. The 1960s movie, 'Village Of The Damned', based on an earlier book, 'The Midwich Cuckoos'* suggested the abduction of women for the purpose of creating a genetic hybrid, for example, is out there. We simply cannot dismiss these parallels, but must be able to account for them. I'll try to add more about this later, but the entire context of the book is needed to understand some of the points of view. KRandle *A cuckoo is a bird that lays its eggs in another's nest so that bird with incubate and care for its young. The title refers to this and is not suggesting that those with contrary beliefs are "cuckoo."
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