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Re: Woods/Jacobs - A Salient But Missing Point

From: David Cherniack <davidc.nul>
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:56:11 -0500
Archived: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 06:13:07 -0500
Subject: Re: Woods/Jacobs - A Salient But Missing Point

>From: Emma Woods <e.woods33.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:43:07 -0800 (PST)
>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.

>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.

It seems to me that if Jacobs did this under hypnosis without
any prior discussion or knowledge on your part, as you clearly
stated to me and I assume others, in a mass e-mail, then it
would clearly be egregious ethical behaviour. If, on the other
hand, it was discussed ahead of time, as he submits, then I'd
say that your claim of "gross violation of researcher ethics"
would be rather weak, especially so by your false claim that
that you did not know in advance. If the tape does indeed show a
conversation with intent prior to the beginning of hypnosis then
that may well be why you don't wish to release the full tape,
not any contemplated legal action.

By publicly releasing brief clips that support your version, as
well as sending your allegations to all and sundry, including
his employer, you've most certainly damaged the man's reputation
and career. This may be justifiable, again, if you did not
discuss the intent the implanting of the suggestion in advance.
If you did, Jacobs may well have a legal case against you.

It is true that this is instance specific and leaves aside the
wider, but greyer, issue of the conscious or unconscious misuse
of authority in the researcher subject relationship... as well
as many other burning issues in abduction research... but that's
almost a given in any hierarchical relationship and no set of
rules or protocols, not even the most altruistic intentions,
will prevent it from happening now and then. But unless someone
is mentally incapacitated, or irresistible coercion on the part
of the researcher can be demonstrated, he or she has to bear
some responsibility for going along with any suggested process.
One just can't say, I was vulnerable and his authority made me
do it. In fact the campaign you've mounted certainly would argue
against your being mentally incapacitated or easily persuaded
simply by authority.

Of your anguish there can be no doubt and I would hope that
David Jacobs will soon release his full version along with the
full recording of the session - for you to do that, would
probably require his permission, now that you've explained that
he gave you the copies - so the court of public opinion can
weigh in on the full story, and you can move on, either with
your legal action, or with your life, which, by every
indication, appears to be on long-term hold.

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