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Scientific Context Of The UFO/Abduction Phenomenon

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

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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

(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

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