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Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

From: Rebecca Keith <xiannekei@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 08:19:44 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 21:08:02 -0500
Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality

>From: Bill Weber <koran@cchat.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: Abduction - The Issue Of Reality
>Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 22:43:04 -0500

>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It would seem that comparison of "tiny, unpublished details"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

Bill, it would be a very significant area of research for
someone who was skilled in picking apart the data. As the Duke
mentioned in another response, a serious attempt was made to try
to check this data out, but the suggestion was turned down by
Budd. I don't believe other researchers were contacted, but I
doubt the answer would be any different.  I'm certainly not
qualified to do that kind of research, but I do think it is a
valid avenue of inquiry.

But we also must think about what else we might learn from such
a study. What about all the tiny, unpublished details that don't
agree? I'm sure there are some of those. What would that mean?

>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?

No, I think that is impossible, but I do think we must take the
influence of the media or pop culture into consideration when
analyzing the data.

>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?

I can't answer that. I'm not embarassed to say that I am
skeptical of abduction stories, but that doesn't mean that I
don't believe them. All it means is I don't know what to think.

The problem I have with all of this comes from a personal
standpoint because I one time I was led to believe (and that is
the right phrase!) that I was an abductee. I now believe that I
wasn't abducted and that all the symptoms I experienced were
explainable as other things. Because of this, I don't think I
could be called unbiased, but I do try to be fair.

To make a lousy analogy, I'm kind of like the kid who went to
Catholic schools all her life and then decides she's an atheist.
However, I don't want to change anyone else's mind about what
they think might have happened to them. I only know what
happened to me and I do think it could happen to others. That
would be a shame.

>What would that kind of study look like?

I wish I had an answer, but I'd like to see less carpenters,
artists and weekend hypnotists doing "research." I'd like to see
more folks in the medical field become involved.

At one time I had an idea about that, but I don't think it was
very well accepted.


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