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Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 12:42:26 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 13:45:01 -0400
Subject: Re:  UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction


>From: Nigel Watson <valis23a.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 04:45:32 EDT
>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

>>>>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>>>Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 08:34:53 -0500
>>>>>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>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.

>Philip K. Dick for one.

A poor example. Dick was an extraordinarily imaginative man,
whose rich fantasy life found expression both in his science-
fiction writing and in his beliefs about his contacts with
otherworldly realities. (Do these, by the way, fall under my
specified qualification of being nonpathological? Watson skirts
the question, I note.)

One can't argue that the former (SF writing) led him to the
latter, since both are simply different aspects of the same
unordinary mental life. Dick doesn't have much to tell us except
about some of the avenues of expression to which the artistic
temperaments can lead the artist. If relevant to anybody, Dick
is relevant to, say, William Blake -- not the sorts of ordinary
folk who become abductees or experients of other anomalous
experiences.


Jerry Clark




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