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Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 15:58:03 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 12:33:52 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction


>From: Gildas Bourdais <gbourdais.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 17:44:21 +0200
>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 11:13:13 -0500
>>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>>From: Nigel Watson <valis23a.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 07:01:07 EDT
>>>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>>>From: Gildas Bourdais <gbourdais.nul>
>>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>>Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 11:45:45 +0200
>>>>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear


Hi, Gildas,

>>To refine the point, logic tells us that if mentally well
>persons can undergo vivid, lifelike experiences which are
>actually just reruns of SF stories, that ought to be easily
>documentable. The most susceptible would be hard-core SF fans,
>those who spend a portion of every day of their waking lives
>reading, writing, viewing, or thinking about SF (not a
>description of the Hills, of course). Is there any evidence in
>the clinical literature that SF enthusiasts who are not mentally
>ill fall victim to extraordinary SF-based hallucinations which
>they confuse with event-level experience? Didn't think so.

>That's a really good point. But there is more to say about SF
>authors and readers. I noticed since a long time that most of
>them strongly dislike UFOs, with a few exceptions. I think they
>see them as a kind of threat, or unloyal competion to the "noble
>art" of science-fiction. However, things may be changing now,
>with some SF production coming closer to the UFO lore, like the
>series "Taken". What I find interesting to watch is signs a
>possible change of mind of SF readers and film buffs regarding
>UFOs.

Where science fiction is concerned, I think of the wry
observation, "The golden age of science fiction was when you
were 13."

When I was 13 - a long, long time ago, sigh - I was intensely in
love with the genre and am amazed at how much I recall of SF up
to the mid-1960s, when I stopped reading it forever. These days
I read John Updike, not John Wyndham, but I can still discuss
early SF fairly intelligently and recall it fondly without ever
being tempted to revisit it.

For all that it did to my young, impressionable mind, however,
it never led me to vivid hallucinations which I mistook for
reality. It has yet to be demonstrated that it has done that to
anybody else, either.


Jerry Clark




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