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Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

From: Bill Weber <koran@cchat.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 22:43:04 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 09:30:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

>Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 14:18:31 -0800 (PST)
>From: Rebecca Keith <xiannekei@yahoo.com>
>Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>>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

>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unpublished details and I'm not saying that they incorporate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.

Hi, Rebecca,

May I ask a few sincere questions here?

It would seem that comparison of "tiny, unpublished details"
would be a legitimate method for research.  Why not?  But the
above statement seem to set the bar for "significant details"
very high - maybe unattainably high.  Of course the abductee
respondents shouldn't know each other, nor should they contact
each other, but must they have lived all their lives in absolute
isolation to avoid some obscure, media influence?  Are all
similarities between stories for those respondents who have
lived normal lives then insignificant? What characteristic of
abductee or ground rule for a "significant detail" would get the
skeptical reader past the "Weaknesses" section of the research?
What would that kind of study look like?


Bill Weber

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