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Dr. Mack On NY Times Article

From: Will Bueche - Center for Psychology & Social Change <info.nul>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 16:28:11 -0500
Archived: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 09:45:15 -0500
Subject: Dr. Mack On NY Times Article

Dr. John Mack would like everyone to know that the paraphrasing of his
position in the following paragraph from last Sunday's New York Times --

which is reprinted at Dr. Mack's site for your convenience:


-- is not entirely perfect. He's had a few calls asking what he meant.
The paragraph in question comes near the end of the article:

>Dr. Mack said he no longer refers to people [as] "abductees,"
>calling them "experiencers" instead. He said he did not doubt
>that the people he studied had had some kind of encounter with
>another form of intelligence, but he did not now believe that
>they were abducted by alien beings and taken into spaceships.

Had Dr. Mack been the one to paraphrase himself he'd have
phrased it a little differently, perhaps changing it to "he did
not now believe that they were _SIMPLY_ being abducted by alien
beings and taken into spaceships."

For lack of a qualifier, the meaning may have come out wrong.
The paragraph that follows that one may have been enough of an
explanation for most people to pick up on what he meant, but
just in case it was not enough for you, he wanted you to know.

>"There are all sorts of subtleties that are very hard to talk
>to a reporter about," he said. "We are all so literal. I
>believe these people have encountered some kind of intelligence
>by an opening of consciousness to a whole other level of
>reality. Philosophers are starting to think of a third zone -
>some kind of intermediate reality - that enters this reality.
>They are having an experience that is experientially real but
>the beings are not necessarily physically or materially real."

We thought the article was very good.

Will Bueche

Center for Psychology & Social Change

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