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Abduction Hypotheses [was: 1999 UFO Alien

From: John W. Ratcliff <jratcliff@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 22:18:19 -0600
Fwd Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 10:00:37 -0500
Subject: Abduction Hypotheses [was: 1999 UFO Alien


From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 22:23:11 EST
To: updates@globalserve.net
Subject: Re: 1999 UFO Alien Abduction Conference Announced

Kevin wrote:

>>In an upcoming book by Kevin Randle (me), Russ
>>Estes, and Dr. William P. Cone, we take a long and hard look at
>>the abduction phenomenon as it exists today. We can find some
>>alternative explanations and we offered to share these at the
>>conference, but the organizers were uninterested in that. They
>>are only interested in promoting alien abduction as if it is a
>>proven fact and refuse to answer hard questions about it.

Hmmmm... Kevin, I guess it's just a tiny quibble about semantics,
but I wonder about your choice of the word 'explanations', as
opposed to 'hypotheses..'

I've read some of your books and think you've made some nice
presentations on nuts & bolts UFOs. If I recall correctly, I
don't believe you have ever claimed to have been abducted by
aliens. Neither have I. However, I do know a bunch of people
who have had anomalous experiences which fall into this
category.

The only conclusion I have been able to draw is that other
people have different experiences than I have. I wouldn't claim
to speak with any authority about the experiences of a rape
victim, or the holocaust, and I'm uncomfortable doing the same
for my alien abductee friends.

The 'explanations' I have heard put forth in the past almost all
presume a form of mental illness, which makes me a bit
uncomfortable. More to the point, most 'explanations' offered
haven't been endorsed by the victims themselves.

You can ignore the abduction phenomenon, that is if it ain't
happening to you. The evidence for the phenomenon is at the same
level as the proffered by my Christian friends who claim their
faith is valid because Christ has touched them in their lives. I
note that Christ is a 2,000 year old dead Jew, and has never
touched _my_ life, and can easily dismiss their proposal. The
same thing can be said about the abduction phenomenon. Ignore
it, it has nothing to do with Roswell, nuts & bolts UFOs, and
any physical evidence which might be related to it. Without
having been personally abducted by an alien, I don't know how
much you or I can really say about the subject.

Nevertheless, the popular hypotheses are....

(1) Aliens flying from outer space, taking folks away.

(2) Interdimensional beings, from other aspects or higher
aspects of reality, interacting with humanity.

(3) Spiritual beings, angels/demons, which is just another way
of restating #2.

(4) Liars.

(5) Suffering from a variety of forms of mental illness.

(6) People convince themselves of these experiences due to
cultural overlay and/or hypnotic suggestion.

(7) The product of altered states of consciousness, analogous to
those achieved through the consumption of psychoactive
compounds. It is a fact that states of consciousness can be
altered, from a _wide_variety_ of influences, including
manipulating biochemistry, fasting, yoga, consumption of
delicious foods, holy chemicals, or electromagnetic influence in
the temporal lobe. Consideration of these facts might allow
someone to conjecture that abduction experiences are the product
of an altered state of consciousness, without correlation to
physical reality.

(8) Most of #7 but with a touch of the paranormal, along the
lines of stigmata, so that physical evidence can be reflected in
the body.

(9) Any combination of the first 8 in addition to stuff my
stupid little Homo sapiens monkey brain can't even
conceptualize.

(10)........add you own 'explanations', or hypotheses as you
will. Lord knows I have, but none of them seem to wholly
address the concerns of my friends who have been abused by these
experiences.

Like I've said in previous messages, whenever I get abducted by
aliens, contacted by Jesus, or have a Roswell UFO crash in my
front yard, I'll be sure to give you a more refined hypothesis
based on my new set of experiential data.

John


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