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Re: Starship Memories

From: Eric Jacobson <ejacobson74.nul>
Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 22:08:14 -0500
Archived: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 14:27:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Starship Memories

>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>)
>Date: Friday, November 08, 2002 6:18 AM
>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers -
>Subject: UFO UpDate: Starship Memories

>Source: The Harvard Gazette


>Starship Memories:
>"Alien abductees" provide clues to repressed, recovered memories

>By Beth Potier
>Gazette Staff

>Susan Clancy's research has taken her into alien territory.

>For the past three years, Clancy, a postdoctoral fellow in
>Harvard's Psychology Department, has studied people who believe
>they were abducted by aliens from outer space. Her research,
>done in conjunction with Professors of Psychology Richard
>McNally and Daniel Schacter, former associate professor Mark
>Lenzenweger and Harvard Medical School professor Roger Pitman,
>was recently published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.


There are two major gaping problems with Clancy's research:

i) She does not, at least according to this article, consider
the possiblity that people who recall being abducted by aliens
are recalling a hallucinatory experience. The failure to take
that possiblity into account is especially egregious because it
is well known that hypnagogic hallucinations often accompany
episodes of sleep paralysis, and she did note that her abduction
recalling subjects had a high incidence of those. If what they
are remembering are hallucinatory episodes, then her explanatory
hypothesis, that their memories are "false memories" is it self

ii) There is ample research supporting the actuality of the
repression of traumatic memories. This has recently been
summarized in a volume by Danial Brown, MD (unfortunately I
don't recall the title). Dan is one of the leading scholars in
the field of dissociation and repressed memory. He reviews a
number of studies which tracked victims of traumatic violence
from the occurrance of the event forward and documented their
repression of the the memories. His review was so thorough and
well reasoned the the international tribunal trying war crimes
in Bosnia and Sarajevo adopted a policy of recognizing recovered
memory of war crimes abuse as admissable evidence in their

These are two rather glaring oversights on Clancy's part. I'm
actually surprised that her dissertation committee passed her
with requiring her to correct them. However the issue of
repressed/recovered memory is highly politicized, and it's
conceivable that that colored her committee's judgement.

Best wishes,

Eric Jacobson
Department of Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School

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