From: Emma Woods <e.woods33.nul> Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:43:07 -0800 (PST) Archived: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:41:55 -0500 Subject: Re: Woods/Jacobs - A Salient But Missing Point >From: David Cherniack <davidc.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:46:57 -0500 >Subject: Woods/Jacobs - A Salient But Missing Point >I'll confine myself to the specific ethics issue that seems >to be at the crux of 'Emma Woods' allegations. >She alleges that without her prior knowledge David >Jacobs gave her post-hypnotic suggestions that she >suffered from MPD in an attempt to throw hostile >alien hybrids off his track. >To support her claims, she has released highly >abbreviated clip(s) from the hypnosis session. What >seems to be forgotten amid the cries of foul that have >ensued, is that, in the one statement he has released, >he says that they talked about doing this in advance >and she was a complicit party to the ruse. >If true, she really has only the slimmest ethical >grounds for complaint, and it's dubious, to say the >least: that he used his position of authority to convince >her to do something that was against her best interests. >However that would be offset by her false allegation >that she was an unwitting victim. <snip> >On the other hand he has released nothing yet to >support his counter claim. His lack of action may be for >a number of reasons. from ethical to technical to legal >but it shouldn't be assumed that it's because he's guilty >of manipulating 'Emma Woods' without her knowledge. >So until 'Emma Woods' releases the full unedited >recording of the session from hello to goodbye (third >party names redacted), or David Jacobs does the same, >reasonable people should hold off from fitting him for a >rope neck tie. I am currently investigating the possibility of taking legal action in regard to this issue. Once that action is concluded, I hope to be able to release the full recordings of all my hypnosis sessions (names and potentially identifying details redacted.) In the meantime, I have released the full recording of the hypnosis session in which Dr. Jacobs implanted the hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had Multiple Personality Disorder (=E2=80=98Elizabeth Smith's' name redacted), just to Gary Haden of the =E2=80=98Speculative Realms' blog. Gary Haden has listened to the recording of the hypnosis session in its entirety. He has published a post on this in which he discusses the issue of consent, and the fact that at no stage in the recording did Dr. Jacobs ask for, or obtain, my permission to implant hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had Multiple Personality Disorder. http://tinyurl.com/45nc4pn Furthermore, it is instructive to examine the wording that Dr. Jacobs used in his statement on his website in regard to this issue. Dr. Jacobs wrote: "I decided that one approach would be, during hypnosis, to give Alice ideas to think about that would throw "mind-readers" off my trail. I explained my thinking to her before I acted. Then at one point during a hypnosis session I told her that as a researcher I was interested not in abductions but in multiple personality disorder." For the benefit of people who know that he implanted hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had MPD, Dr. Jacobs tries to cover himself by misleading people into believing that he obtained my permission to do so. However, he does not specifically say this. Instead, he uses ambiguous language to falsely imply it, saying: "I explained my thinking to her before I acted." It is also instructive to examine Dr. Jacobs' misleading statement about what he actually did. Dr. Jacobs implanted hypnotic suggestions in my unconscious mind that I had Multiple Personality Disorder. However, in his statement he says: "Then at one point during a hypnosis session I told her that as a researcher I was interested not in abductions but in multiple personality disorder." If Dr. Jacobs had, in fact, asked my permission to implant hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had MPD (which he did not), it would still have been reprehensible conduct by him as a researcher. Even if I had given him permission to do such thing to me (which I did not), it would not in any way alter the fact that it was a gross violation of researcher ethics. Additionally it is important to understand the enormous power differential between a researcher and their research subject who is being intensively hypnotized. There is no way that a person under hypnosis can give genuine informed consent. You are in a highly suggestible state, and do not have the normal critical abilities. A research subject who has been intensively hypnotized by a researcher over a long period of time may neither be in a position to give genuine informed consent in discussion with that researcher prior to being put in the hypnotic state, due to the long established power differential between them that has been reinforced by intensive hypnosis. For further information on the ethical issues involved in human subject research, see =E2=80=98The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research.' The ideals of beneficence and respect for subject autonomy referred to in the report, that are fundamental to human subject research, are of particular relevance: http://ohsr.od.nih.gov/guidelines/belmont.html 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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