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Re: Solved Abduction cases?

From: Dennis <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 12:49:06 -0500 (CDT)
Fwd Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 18:37:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Solved Abduction cases?

>Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 02:15:31 -0500
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: John Velez <jvif@spacelab.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Solved Abduction cases?

>Jerry writes,


>You might also turn to a paper I've had several occasions
>>recently to mention here: Stuart Appelle's devastating critique of
>>"conventional" explanations for abduction phenomena.

>Hi Jerry, Sasquatch, Greg,

>Jerry, (if) it's not too long a piece, and wouldn't violate any of Stuarts
>copyrights (and, assuming you have a way to 'scan' the thing) could you
>please post a copy of Steuart Appelle's paper?

>Here's hoping, and thanx in advance if you can.

>John Velez

Dear John, List, et al:

Stuart Appelle's paper which Jerry mentions, "The Abduction Experience: A
Critical Evaluation of Theory and Evidence," takes up 50 pages of fine print
in the Journal of UFO Studies, New Series, Vol. 6, 1995/1996, and would
represent a serious scanning commitment on someone's part, copyright issues

You might check the CUFOS web page to see if it's there, although I would
suspect not. Otherwise, the issue is available for $21 from CUFOS, which
includes postage, at 2457 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659, ph: (312)
271-3611. Orders outside the US include $3.00.

I doubt seriously that Mr. Apelle himself would characterize what is a
measured, thoughtful consideration of all sides of a controversial subject
"a devastating critique of 'conventional' explanations of abduction
phenomena," as Jerry Clark does. The UFO research and literature, in
general, is found just as wanting as the blinkered, skeptical approach.

Here's a sample (note I do not imply typical) quote from Appelle:

"If the evidence offered so far cannot completely explain the abduction
experience in prosaic terms, other explanations are required. The most
prominent alternative is the ET hypothesis. But here again, there is as yet
no evidence that requires this explanation. And in the absence of such
evidence, the argument that abduction experiences are veridical strains
credulity on many fronts." (p. 66)

Jerry seems to object when I make essentially the same statement, perhaps
because I'm not as quite as eloquent as Mr. Appelle, although I would point
out that this is e-mail, not a learned journal.


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