From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul> Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 07:15:59 -0800 (PST) Archived: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 10:31:13 -0500 Subject: Re: Hopkins & Jacobs >From: Michael M. Hughes <michaelmhughes.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:58:57 -0500 >Subject: Re: Hopkins & Jacobs >Perhaps many are throwing out the hybrid baby with the embryo- >tank bathwater here.... <snip> >Either/or doesn't work for me here. What I see is a >pattern groundbreaking 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. I hear you Michael. If any of the conclusions of Hopkins, Jacobs, Mack and others are in any part true, then the abductees need rescue, and the abductors need to be stopped. But what exactly are we dealing with here? No one knows for sure. We've gazed at the greys. We've dreamed the reams. We've even experienced the experiencer's experiences. Is there really a 'standard abduction experience'? Or do we accept as 'canon' the multitude of types of aliens and contacts? (You can get an idea of the many types by checking out the encyclopedic works of smarter folks than me, like Jerry Clark, et al.) Once we decide what we're talking about, what standards do we use to support the subjects and to interpret the interviews? Since we're talking about research involving human beings, we need standards which respect all the rights of those participating: We must first do no harm. We must have ethics. We must have real peer-review. And this is the very point that stops the ethical researchers. This point creates an ethical dilemma for those who want to continue and don't know how to resolve the matter. As we've seen, with Hopkins and Jacobs, there were compromises and the abductees were made to suffer more. But the situation can be resolved, while protecting the sources from harm, through the trustworthy methods we already know. 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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