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Re: Abductions & Ufology

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 15:43:52 -0500
Archived: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 07:39:19 -0500
Subject: Re: Abductions & Ufology

>From: Jan Aldrich <project1947.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 17:33:7 -0500
>Subject: Re: Media & 'Truth'

>1. Some 'abductees' have deep problems, and they need help from mental
>health professionals. I have letters from a very intelligent woman who
>apparently is also member of upper society, and who has serious mental
>problems. Her story is that the Aliens and the Communists are chasing
>her and have been since her husband, a newspaper publisher, died. She
>now rides buses up and down the East Coast never staying in one place
>for more than a few months. She sends letters from a variety of
>places, a beauty salon, a diner, a laundromat and receives
>answers at such places.



Quite honestly, I'm surprised at you. Seems to me like you've
substituted anecdotes for analysis. Nobody disputes that some
people who claim to be abductees are disturbed, or in fact, to
put it bluntly, that the abduction world attracts some out and
out nutcases. But the question you don't address is pretty basic
- how many abductees "have deep problems, and need help from
mental health professionals"? What percentage of abductees are
troubled that way?

For what it's worth - and you certainly should know this -
several studies have shown that the majority of abductees don't
seem to have any serious psychological disturbance. Plus,
there's a remark David Jacobs like to make (and in fact I heard
him make it once again, on the Sci-Fi Channel symposium last
night). He says that all sorts of psychopathological
explanations are advanced for the abduction phenomenon. He
wonders, though, why the people who advance these theories --
 apparently like yourself, Jan - don't think that abducction
researchers themselves have considered the problem. What
precautions do you think people like Dave, Budd Hopkins, and
John Mack take to exclude people with serious mental health
difficulties from their work?

I'm surprised at what you wrote, Jan, because I respect you so
much. In the thread about "Cosmic Top Secret," you got properly
angry at people who made pronouncements about security
classifications without having much knowledge. At one point you
fired off a long list of your own qualifications - your own
direct experience with classified documents. Would it be
appropriate now to ask how much direct experience you've had
with the abduction world?

Quite baffled,

Greg Sandow

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