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Re: Hopkins & Jacobs

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

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