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Abduction - The Issue Of Reality [was: 1999 UFO

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 10:43:26 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 12:39:56 -0500
Subject: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality [was: 1999 UFO


>From: Serge Salvaille <sergesa@connectmmic.net>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: 1999 UFO Alien Abduction Conference Announced
>Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 23:28:17 -0500

>But isn't that the real problem
>with ufology in general and abductions in particular: turning
>one's back on analysis and advocate "opinions" instead?

Where abductions are concerned, the skeptics are even more
guilty of that than believers. Note: this is NOT a comment on
Kevin, who's thoughtful about everything he does.

But typically abduction skeptics don't even mention the full
range of possible abduction evidence -- for instance, the claim
made by some abduction investigators that abductees corroborate
even tiny unpublished details in each others' reports. Note
again: I'm not insisting that this claim is correct, or that it
means abductions are real. More research needs to be done. I
_am_ saying that abduction skeptics rarely (if ever) mention it.

Documentation: Philip Klass, UFO Abductions: A Dangerous Game;
the NOVA episode on abductions; the 1996 volume of the journal
Psychological Issues, entirely devoted to abductions; Robert
Sheaffer's [hope I spelled his name right] new book on UFOs; a
recent book of collected UFO pieces (one on abuctions) from the
Skeptical Inquirer; many skeptical posts here, etc., etc., etc.

If anyone knows of an abduction skeptic who mentions this
pro-abduction argument, even scathingly, I'd love to know about
it.

Greg Sandow


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