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Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

From: Rebecca Keith <xiannekei@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 14:18:31 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 17:23:02 -0500
Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

>From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: 1999 UFO Alien Abduction Conference Announced
>Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 10:43:26 -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.

I consider myself a skeptic and that doesn't mean I'm a
nonbeliever. By contrasting skeptics being more guilty than
believers, you are suggesting I'm a nonbeliever.

>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even tiny unpublished details in each others' reports.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

Should skeptic claim that this is a fact? Should he/she say "it
is claimed..." or what?

I'm just guessing here, but perhaps Brookesmith mentions
something similar in his abduction book? Doesn't he interview
Betty Hill who says something about abductees getting together
at group meeting and comparing notes?

I'm not saying that abductees don't corroborate tiny unpublished
details and I'm not saying that they incorporate details from
other accounts into their own stories, but it is a possibility
in some cases, no?

I need to organize my thoughts a little more clearly on this,
but the days of abductees claiming to have no prior knowledge of
abductions stories are over, IMO. And if my opinion is correct,
it would appear to me that it would be very difficult to
establish tiny details from abductee accounts if one wanted to
study that particular aspect.


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