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Re: Questions for abductees

From: Peregrine Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com> [Peter Brookesmith]
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 21:59:01 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 11:08:56 -0400
Subject: Re: Questions for abductees

The Duke of Mendoza presents his compliments.

>Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 21:16:50 -0700
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Skye Turell <turel33@west.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Questions for abductees

>>From: "R.Bull" <RAB@cadcentre.co.uk> [Rob Bull]
>>To: "'UFO UpDates'" <updates@globalserve.net>
>>Subject: Questions for abductees
>>Date: Mon, 29 Sep 97 15:41:00 BST

>>I'm not sure I accept the literal reality of abduction accounts,
>>but are there 'standard questions' I should be asking this lady
>>to determine if her experience is consistent with a classic
>>abduction report?

>If you don't "accept the literal reality of abduction accounts," then
>perhaps you should hand the case over to someone who can be more

Can someone please explain to me how the implied opposite of *not*
accepting the literal reality of abduction reports, which is to say,
believing that abductions are real physical events, is supposed to be
"open-minded" or "objective"?

Given that Rob Bull actually says (there it is: read it) that he's
"not sure" that abductions are real, one wonders just how open a mind
is being called for here. Open enough for the brains to fall out,

But let's not leave it at that. Let's be really reeely picky and
consign poor old Rob to the ufological flames entirely. For does he
not, when you read what he says carefully, say he's not sure that
even the *reports* - let alone the events they purport to describe -
may not be literally real? But somehow I don't think that's what
he meant either.

>You *should not* be trying to determine "if her experience is consistent
>with classic abduction report[s]."  You should be trying to determine
>what *her experience* was.

Now with that I do agree. And one place to start is the annals of
so-unhelpfully-called "abnormal psychology", not the folklore that
calls itself "abduction research". At any rate try to eliminate every
other possible explanation before plumping for the least probable.

Yours &c
Ponderosa D. Melonfield
Corn Pone

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