From: Michael M. Hughes <michaelmhughes.nul> Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:58:57 -0500 Archived: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:24:32 -0500 Subject: Re: Hopkins & Jacobs Perhaps many are throwing out the hybrid baby with the embryo- tank bathwater here.... I know it is difficult for some to hold two conflicting ideas at the same time=97that's human nature. But isn't it possible to consider that: 1. There is *something* to the now iconic alien abduction accounts=97grays, painful examinations, missing time, etc., whether viewed through a literal lens or otherwise (imaginal realm intrusion, spiritual, chemical, or what have you). 2. Hopkins, Jacobs, Mack et al. did some serious work uncovering these experiences and bringing them to the attention of Ufologists and the public. 3. Hypnosis, properly used, can help identify some of the elements of these abductions. While also considering the possibility that: 4. The iconic abduction scenario has become so widely known that it is impossible to avoid the chance of confabulation because of cultural ubiquity and contamination. This confabulation could be conscious (hoaxing, attention seeking) or unconscious (via poor hypnosis, leading questions, mental illness, manipulation by unethical investigators). 5. Hopkins, Jacobs, Mack et al. might have lost their objectivity over time (having been convinced of the reality of abductions), sold out completely, ignored red flags, gone a bit loony themselves, or whatever. Either/or doesn't work for me here. What I see is a pattern=97groundbreaking work is done, that work becomes a commodity, then the early investigators become "authorities" and find power and all its seductive charms hard to resist. This is similar to what happens to spiritual leaders (the guru trap). I welcome the recent insights into the questionable actions of key players in abduction research. And though they give the subject a black eye (a large, inverted teardrop shaped black eye at that), that doesn't mean it's time to throw out everything. It's time for asking serious, hard questions and sorting things out. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Michael M. Hughes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - http://michaelmhughes.com http://www.facebook.com/michaelmhughes http://twitter.com/michaelmhughes Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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