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Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 13:07:11 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 14:55:52 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 12:42:26 -0500
>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>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

<snip>

>>>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.

There is another point that I should have made about Dick: he
was a major-league drug user.

In short, Dick's claims and experiences have nothing whatever to
tell us about abduction experiences generally.


Jerry Clark



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