From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 07:59:01 -0400 Archived: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 07:59:01 -0400 Subject: Scientific Context Of The UFO/Abduction Phenomenon Source: Sacred-Texts.Com http://www.sacred-texts.com/ufo/phenomen.htm Un-Dated The Scientific Context Of The UFO/Abduction Phenomenon By Don C. Donderi [Don Donderi is Associate Professor of Psychology at McGill Universitv, Montreal, Conada. His basic research interests include human perception and memory, and his applied work is in the field of human factors and ergonomics. He is a principal of Human Factors North, Inc., a Toronto-based ergonomics consulting firm.] (IUR, International UFO Reporter, Spring 1996, Volume 21, Number 1; Copyright 1996 by the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, 2457 West Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659, published bimonthly with a subscription rate of $25/yr.) --- The purpose of this essay is to explain how to clarify the evidence for or against the reality of UFO abductions. Many workers in this field have modified the conventional meaning of both the word "reality" and the word "abduction." I do not accept these modifications. A UFO abduction, if it occurs, is a physical event. A person is taken aboard an extraterrestrial spacecraft and interacts with its crew. If this event is imagined, then it is not a physical event, it is an imaginary one. If the event happened before and it is being relived in the present, then it is a reexperiencing, not an abduction. There is nothing wrong with either imagining or memory as a description of human experience. A reexperiencing is clearly evidence for an earlier abduction, if it can be separated from an imagining, which is based on the incorporation of other people's experience (through conversation, books, or films) into one's own experience. But in no case is an imagining evidence of an abduction. By misusing the descriptive categories of language, and calling imaginings and reexperiencing "abduction reports," confusion is produced which can only bring the substantial evidence for the physical reality of UFO abductions into doubt. The Abduction Report [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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