UFO researcher Jacobs profiled – Relies on weak evidence and fallacies

This article falls for the appeal to authority, saying Jacobs is a tenured professor and “makes his case with well-reasoned, articulate explanations and applies a scholarly approach to his research, which he has shared in four books – printed by well-known and academic publishers.”

Since when are there well-reasoned arguments for aliens visiting earth and abducting people? Nice story. For hits.

It misses.

Space aliens walk among us? Indeed, claims retired Temple prof.

THE WAY David M. Jacobs sees it, aliens from outer space have been kidnapping humans for aeons and sexually molesting them to create human-alien hybrids that walk among us today undetected and will soon take over Earth.

But he long ago quit caring what people think of him. As director of the International Center for Abduction Research, Jacobs, 71, has made it his life’s mission to investigate claims of extraterrestrial abduction.

Jacobs has interviewed about 150 people who say they’ve been abducted by aliens, the forgotten details of their cosmic kidnappings resurfacing in relaxation sessions the self-taught hypnotist does in his home.

He readily admits that the evidence of extraterrestrial life and body-snatching is “weak,” muddied by an abundance of blurry photos and confabulation (phony or misinterpreted “memories”).

He began focusing on alien abductions in the 1980s and vows to continue that research even as it terrifies him more each day.

That’s because he suspects that aliens are intent upon planetary domination, as humans remain mired in ignorance and denial.

One of his counter arguments to skeptics and critics is a logical fallacy of epic proportions; namely “I’ve never been to Japan either, but that doesn’t mean Japan doesn’t exist.” Such an argument is not even worthy of a reply.

Yet he does admit the evidence for alien life and body-snatching is weak. However, it does not deter him from his research. That’s a person in love with an idea, not doing science or applying reasoning.

The evidence he does offer for extra terrestrial life is anecdotal or pure speculation, such as the fact that abductees report similar experiences and details about the aliens, which is almost always either humanoid or insect-like, not unlike in the movies. He also cites claims of the victims being physically absent and reported missing by families during the abductions and returning with scars or marks on their bodies – nothing new and hardly attributable to alien abduction. These are the same arguments and “evidence” we’ve heard for years. Such evidence remains totally unimpressive.

Sounds like interesting topics for research and books to be read by those who are keen to buy into this fantastic stuff. That, in no way, makes it true.

  30 comments for “UFO researcher Jacobs profiled – Relies on weak evidence and fallacies

  1. spookyparadigm
    July 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    What, no mention of the Emma Woods issue?

    You can google that name and find a plethora of info. But let’s just link to Jacobs’ own page on the matter, his side of the story where he admits to, well, I don’t want to misrepresent even a pixel of his testimony, so go and read what he writes under “Meltdowns and Rage” and “My Decision” if it is tl;dr

    And then think about how this was all apparently ok with Temple’s IRB.

    http://www.ufoabduction.com/defamationcampaign.htm

    • August 2, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      Some people appear reluctant to mention the material I have made public about Dr. Jacobs’ research practices with his subjects, even when it seems highly relevant. This is in spite of the fact that I have published audio from my actual hypnosis sessions as evidence. It saddens me how hard an experiencer has to fight to make these kinds of issues known. Thankfully, a number of experiencers and open minded researchers in the field of “Ufology” have had the courage to address the issues, and are seeking ways to improve the state of the field.

  2. spookyparadigm
    July 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    As for “how all the aliens look alike” in addition to any cultural priming, Terry Matheson makes a solid case that the nature of alien encounters strongly correlates with who is doing the hypnotizing.

    http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Abductions-Creating-Modern-Phenomenon/dp/1573922447

    Want eco-pocalypse warning aliens critical of western society and industrial economy? Go to John Mack. Want clinically sterile genetic hybridization? Lie on Budd Hopkins’ couch. Want an infiltration invasion by sexually abusive Reptilian hybrids? Look no further …

    • Karl
      July 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Too true. Even more interesting people seem to vary wildly in what aliens wear. Some people report them naked. Some report them in futuristic uniforms. Some report them in religious garb.

    • terry the censor
      July 23, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      > Terry Matheson makes a solid case that the nature of alien encounters strongly correlates with who is doing the hypnotizing

      An excellent book.

      It is most interesting that philosopher Ian Hacking, in his analysis of the SRA-MPD panic, “Rewriting the Soul,” made the same point, essentially: there seems to be a “feedback loop” between patient and therapist. Hacking went further, noting how thousands of MPD claimants were clustered around a relatively small number of psychotherapists, while many other therapists surveyed were reporting zero MPD patients.

  3. Justin
    July 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Even if a person isn’t convinced based on lack of ANY evidence how about just using logic. Why would a super advanced race travel unimaginable distances just to come molest humans? To take over the planet through cross breeding. If something has the type of technological know how to get here they would also be capable of taking whatever they desire. So why cross breeding? Because this all what these people want to believe. Like demonic possession or any other number of pseudo-natural phenomena people want to believe. Reality is perception. If you wana believe in a magical unicorn that shits icecream and controls which way the wind blows on Tuesday then it’s real to you. People like these opinions make since if you don’t think about it. Sadly for them more and more people do use theirs central nervous system for more than make believe. Their days are numbered and it cannot come quick enough.

  4. Sue Johnson
    July 21, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I gather the article is about profiling a local kook, not the whole David Jacobs issue. It’s from the Philadelphia Inquirer website, right? On the whole, aside from the “well-reasoned, articulate explanations” etc. quote (to which should have been added IF YOU ARE INSANE) I thought the reporter used juxtaposition fairly well to highlight the kook factor. The subsequent background to the UFO issue was weak, but that’s not surprising given the complexity of the issue.

    The interesting thing to me about this story is not the kook factor, although that’s very human interest, but the absence of any reference to how Temple University accommodated and legitimized Jacobs’ status and work, including questionable research practices. There must be a very interesting story there and I would love to know more about it.

    • spookyparadigm
      July 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      The only information I am aware of specifically regarding Temple comes from the statement of Jacobs above, and then his detractors, particularly Emma Woods herself (she has a website up about this, easily found) and Jeremy Vaeni, who wrote a piece in UFO Magazine which is damning, but has been criticized as being over the top (take that as you will).

      As I recall from these, and this could be 100% not correct so go and seek the sources out yourself (they’re all online, including scans of Vaeni’s article), Jacobs gave out forms, apparently with Temple letterhead etc. and referring to the university, with fairly restrictive conditions for his subjects, including making it clear that this was not medical treatment, but that serious mental effects could occur as a result (again, the sources have the specific language), and that they could not circulate for profit etc. recordings of sessions.

      Woods started a campaign of complaint and asking for more info from Temple, and several responses resulted ranging from nothing to, IIRC, that Jacobs’ work was oral history for historical research into the UFO phenomenon. In other words, he supposedly had IRB approval to get eyewitness testimony. If he was visiting Appalachian towns collecting folkloric accounts, that would probably have been fine. This being cover for hypnotic regression that ultimately dwelt heavily on issues of sexual abuse by supposed alien attackers (never minding the specifics in the Woods tapes etc. which are pretty awful), doesn’t really seem to at least this observer as being in the same ballpark.

      Vaeni’s article, which I read again yesterday, goes on and suggests that as this started to bubble up, Jacobs was required to stop having Temple in his release documents etc., but even that seems to be problematic discuss as a lot of the questions here ended up getting no comments from the university. Jacobs retired soon after, and some have suggested this was the cause, but at the same time, he would have been 68 at the time, retirement would have been entirely reasonable.

      I share the view of Robert Shaeffer and others that this and the revelations about Budd Hopkins (his ex-wife Carol Rainey had been preparing a massive critique of Hopkins apparently waiting til after he died to release it, but she was appalled by the Emma Woods situation and decided to follow up soon after), combined with the increasing public understanding that hypnotic regression is not a valid method for recovering past events, spelled certainly the beginning of the end of abductionism, and maybe a lot closer to the end of the end. The interest in UFO conspiracies has been lurching increasingly towards a right-wing evangelical bent anyway (that they’re demons or something similar, NWO, etc. etc.), so the appeal to the “scientific” methods of the first generation of abduction researchers, or that most of them work in either the ETH or an ultraterrestrial frame, doesn’t have symbolic capital anyway.

      I would compare it to the spiritualists of the 19th century (I’d compare a lot of UFOs to that and the blossoming of the Western Occult scene in the Victorian era), which was massively popular in the public sphere until about the 1920s, when changes in world view, science and technology, and the efforts of Houdini and others, mostly killed off the popular fixation on the specific world of spiritual mediums. Sure, the basic ideas and principles adapted and became the New Age and other manifestations, but a lot of things were left behind, especially the semi-scientific semi-skeptical aspects. By and large, no one binds mediums anymore to prove they really are mediums, and dark-room hands-held seances are often more about evoking the old imagery rather than a straight take. If you are at that level of skepticism, after Houdini you’ve washed your hands of mediums. UFOs and abductionism are going the same way. They descended primarily from a blend of theosophy, pulp fiction, and American folk religion, and now they’re largely giving way to demonic globalist conspiracy theories and racialist pseudoarchaeology about pointed head Nephilim giants. More or less returning to Victorian roots.

      • Sue Johnson
        July 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        I’m more or less aware of the background to the Emma Woods issue that you outlined. Having been in academe once, I’m just curious what was going through the minds of Jacobs’ colleagues and the university officials trying to wrangle him. I’ve been on the outside for awhile, but it seems like there is less acceptance now for various behaviors that would have been considered acceptable for a tenured professor say 25 years ago.

        I like your comparison to spiritualism, although I don’t entirely agree with it. But a rightward lurch is definitely discernible in the stuff I pay attention to, which tends to be culturally and politically root-bound and largely oblivious to the wider social context in which it takes place. I also see a lot of spiritual striving that doesn’t have recourse to reliable/authoritative social institutions for expressing that kind of sentiment, so I don’t rule out the emergence of an actual UFO religion (if only of the Baptist variety, e.g. experiencers). However it would seem that Hopkins, Mack and Jacobs are out of running for the Messiah.

        • spookyparadigm
          July 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

          He wasn’t working off a grant, and I assume he wasn’t getting reimbursed for his expenses (something tells me the chastity belt wasn’t going on a receipts list). My guess is that he was probably initially challenged at his work, pointed to his books and pointed to his dissertation, and like Mack (although Mack was at least more-directly trained for the topic at hand, even if he then did chalk it all up to the “imaginary realm” that was also real because faeries don’t like factories) eventually won any internal review.

          At that point, who wants to be the IRB or dean’s office staffer to revive the embarrassing issue of an alien abduction researcher in the history department? How would they know he’s IRCing with women around the world about their extraterrestrial sex lives, etc. etc.. His subjects weren’t students, a number weren’t even on the same continent, and from the admin perspective, the entire thing was wackaloon on its face. Who is going to get involved in exactly what he’s doing, or examine his methods? And inside the department, unless he’s clearly going to bring legal problems, a department colleague is going to have to go through all the people just mentioned that don’t want to deal with it. Hell, from his ratemyprofessor, he was a popular professor at a public school in a time when people only want to slash academia (when Jacobs was hired, states paid for 50-70% of public school budgets. Today its 10-20% and that’s not because all the professors got big raises), especially humanities, and butts in seats is a serious metric for a department’s health

          http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=188706

          Again, going back to Woods and her supporters, they say that after Temple’s IRB told them it was fine as “oral history” research, IRB apparently stopped allowing Jacobs to use Temple’s name in that way with the research. pp. 42-43, again from Woods and supporters, so with the no comments from Temple, that’s as far as that can go.

          http://www.michaelsheiser.com/EmmaWoods.pdf

          Horses already out of the gate, but with a professor close at retirement age, that had to have been the path of least resistance. And as we’ve seen, while those closely following abductionism paid attention for a while, no one else did. If my guess as to their actions is correct, Temple’s gamble paid off.

          As for the second matter, we’ve had UFO religions, they just haven’t done very well (Rael is the most successful). I wouldn’t have predicted this ten years ago, but the UFO is getting eaten alive by ancient “aliens” that isn’t really recognizable as the whizbang space age UFO aliens, but instead is a lot closer to something out of folk Christianity with touches of a vague theosophy thrown in. Instead of becoming a religion, it seems to just be adding a significant spice to part of American Christianity (I used to follow the UFO scene a little outside the US, but other than a bit in Latin America, have given up as it seems to have largely dried up outside of China, or again been eaten alive by ancient aliens) and helping to seamlessly blend it with conspiracy culture.

          That said, my biases are showing. I’ve never cared much for the part of UFOs that veered way off into channeling and New Age land in the 1970s, the sort of modern contactees that somehow end up with the conspiracy theorists at exopolitics conventions. Until relatively recently, the Greers and such seemed to have largely hived off into their own niche that didn’t have much to do with either the ETH that turned into the “Dark Side” in the 1980s, or the Keelian ultraterrestrials and forteans that got picked up by some of the GenX ufologists before they mostly gave up.

      • terry the censor
        July 23, 2014 at 3:15 AM

        > Jacobs’ work was oral history for historical research into the UFO phenomenon.

        In 2011, I wrote to the heads of three historical associations, including the president of the Oral History Association:

        “Does the [organisation] have a position on the use of hypnosis to gather oral testimonies?

        “Dr. David M. Jacobs of Temple University has conducted over 1000 regressions of subjects and published this information in two books.”

        I got two responses: both said their organisations had no position on hypnosis. Both referred me to this page, “Principles and Best Practices”:

        http://www.oralhistory.org/about/principles-and-practices/

        The page says nothing about hypnosis or other methods of alleged memory “improvement.”

        It begs the question: if hypnosis is a sound method for collecting oral histories, why aren’t professional historical organisations advocating for its use?

        • spookyparadigm
          July 23, 2014 at 9:43 AM

          Any attempt to understand this matter on professional grounds,* vs. CYA legal rear actions, is doomed to failure.

          This applies generally to paranormalism in general IMO. The only one of the esoteric “fields” that there even seems to be any discussion of professionalism and methods is psi research in the rump remnants of parapsychology. I haven’t made much study of it, so I can’t comment on how close advocates for psi get to serious professional or scientific activities in their experiments (from my limited consumption of skeptical info on this, they don’t seem to be there), but at least there is some serious discussion of the topic in some quarters. Probably forced on by skeptical critique, and left over from Rhine etc., but still.

          Everywhere else? UFOs? Cryptozoology? “Alternative” archaeology? The concept of professional standards or research methods is a joke. These “communities” have a few honest and sensible people, but generally without the research capabilities that would make any serious dent in their goals, in them who are in denial of the sea of the delusional or the dishonest they swim in. And there isn’t much of an incentive to get out of the game, except personal integrity/shame, since there isn’t anywhere they can really go. When B-list ufologists (fill in the names here) can continue to squeak out appearances and self-published or small-press books without much new to say, why would they trade some element of fame and compensation and people paying you to go to conferences etc. for, well, nothing?

          *I think it is a good idea to bring cases like these to the attention of professional institutions, but they aren’t going to do squat about them, as the responses given to you show. Efforts against pseudoscience generally have to come from the ground up in professions.

          In the case of Jacobs, I don’t entirely blame them. There are a bunch of people running around claiming to be therapists etc. and working with hypno. As far as I know, Jacobs is the only historian doing such, and he’s retired now. His PhD on UFOs was granted in the early 1970s, taken up when there was indeed a university investigation into the issue at Colorado, congressional hearings, etc.. Serious scientists were talking about the issue for a brief period. But then they dropped it because, well, there is no there there. No one else followed in his path, the mini-boom of PhDs on the subject in the late 1990s and early 2000s were much more clearly grounded in the social sciences. He’s an artifact of the cultural turmoil and the successes of the counterculture ca. the summer of love.

        • August 2, 2014 at 1:18 AM

          Thanks for sharing that. It is very interesting.

        • August 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

          Thanks for sharing that information, Terry. It is interesting.

          (I thanked you before, but put the comment in the wrong place ..)

  5. Karl
    July 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    “Jacobs is among a small but surprising array of well-known folks who reportedly believe in extraterrestrial life, including former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, former astronauts Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and celebrities Mick Jagger, Dan Aykroyd, Muhammad Ali and William Shatner.”

    That’s a weird mushed up list, conflating people who believe in “alien life somewhere” with people who believe “we’re being visited here on earth”. Carter filed a UFO report (I believe to amuse his children) but he does not believe he saw an alien space craft. Reagan mused about earth banding together to fight an alien threat but that’s all I’m aware of him on the subject of alien life. Hawking, like any good scientist, doesn’t reject alien life somewhere in the universe. You may as well add in pretty much every astronomer on the planet besides creationists. And who cares what some celebs think?

  6. Tribeca Mike
    July 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    “He was a tenured professor at Temple University, where he taught American history for 36 years before retiring in 2011. He’s a married father of two who lives in a picturesque, 134-year-old Victorian…”

    Retirement sounds like a lot of fun!

  7. K Friesen
    July 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I suppose his beliefs are not out of line with Ken Hamm. Hamm recently said that aliens are going to hell, they cannot be save by Jebus because they are not people, and Jebus only died to save man (people). In his mind, mingling with aliens would be fraternizing with the enemy. And their is “Klingon god, or Mars god”, or Klingon Jebus either, to save them. So they are both anti-illegal (space) aliens I guess. As for aliens not being man, does he not know that we are alien hybrids experiments? So in a sense, we are part alien, making them related to us, and part human. SO maybe they can be “saved”.

    Hamm also said that we should stop space exploration, the only reason NASA is going to space is to “prove evolution”, and nothing good can come of interacting with these evil, doomed creatures.

    I don’t understand a lot of what Hamm says, mostly because it is just nonsense. In this case, how does the existence of aliens provide any proof for evolution. If God can make porcupines de novo, then why not aliens? I think it may be because he has no understanding of evolution.

    • spookyparadigm
      July 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Hamm is a carnival barker. About every three weeks he seizes on something in the media and turns it into something outrageous that puts his name back out there. I have no opinion about whether he actually believes what he’s selling, but he acts like a huckster.

  8. terry the censor
    July 23, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    The article was pretty ho-hum. Jacobs’ pitch was pretty much the same one he’s made for 20-odd years, since he published Secret Life in 1993.

    And the comments were alarming. There were 269 of them, but I’d say at least 200 were about who’s to blame for the States’ recent string of catastrophic troubles, Bush or Obama? What the hell, Americans! An article about alien invasion led to a huge argument about illegal aliens — and every other possible bit of political point-scoring. (And I feel a little stupid for being surprised by that.)

    But this comment was interesting:

    Greg • 8 days ago
    I took this guy’s class as an elective in the mid-90s. Pre-midterm, the class focused on media and the government’s take on UFOs. It was fairly standard stuff, just a history class with an unusual point of view. After the midterm, it was all abductions, all the time. He claimed that aliens would announce themselves by the year 2000. I’m still waiting.

    http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-16/entertainment/51549419_1_jacobs-aliens-abductees

    I hope someone can upload a tape of that one day.

    • Karl
      July 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      “He claimed that aliens would announce themselves by the year 2000. I’m still waiting.”

      I noticed over the years on alt.alien.visitor a common theme was “some big announcement is coming soon”. Sometimes a time frame is given. Sometimes it’s a more nebulous “soon”. And nothing comes. Ever. They never seem to notice that.

      • spookyparadigm
        July 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        It seems like those who do notice, some of them may leave “the field.” But those who don’t, they stay in and instead focus on more nebulous explanations than ET. They end up being the followers of Keel and Vallee, but they don’t take that final step and just realize the whole thing is just human culture and psychology, preferring to talk about “consciousness” having a more literal effect on physical reality or other fun-to-talk about mystical concepts.

        Of course, these same folks still like to have the conspiratorial or mystery edge at times, but then carefully real it back before they look bad (usually).

        On the other hand, those who wait breathlessly for the “big disclosure” deny they have any relationship to the contactees, even though they too were all about “a big change is coming soon,” and certainly don’t recognize how close this all is to evangelical prophecies of getting the good word out before the judgment day.

      • terry the censor
        July 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        > “some big announcement is coming soon”

        In 1998, Martin S. Kottmeyer compiled a list of 213 UFO predictions. The first few shouldn’t be on the list but afterward it gets interesting.

        Still Waiting: A List of Predictions from the “UFO Culture” (in three parts)
        http://www.anomalist.com/features/waiting.html

    • spookyparadigm
      July 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      It’s become clear that non-modded comments are beyond worthless. In addition to a country with a lot of people not in the workforce for various reasons spewing venom all day, I very strongly believe that a lot of comments are paid for by PACs and other political organizations. Mainstream media has reported on the legions of Russian paid commenters that are used to try and shape opinion, and Snowden recently let loose similar info on UK intelligence agencies. But I suspect the dirty secret is that a lot of people, and probably a lot are not in the countries on whose politics they comment upon, who leave these comments are doing piece work for political groups, like WoW gold farmers.

    • ryan
      July 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      I took Jacobs’ ufo class at Temple a bit before he retired. It was a weird one and largely considered an easy elective A. From what I could tell the point of his class and any ufo research was supposedly (in terms of how he portrayed it to the board, and potential students) to chart the history of ufo as a social and cultural artifact. For half to 3 quarters of the class that’s what he did. He had a fairly skeptical approach, even covering certain debunkings and other problems in the ufo lit that aren’t too commonly discussed even by skeptics. And things were mostly focused on straight history of iris in pop culture, and the start of the conspiracy subculture. But the further we went the less critical he got. And the more emphatic he got about abductions. He spent the last lecture literally raving about how we were (the students, not Jacobs) being routinely abducted and 20 to 50 percent of us were likely hybrids or the result of experimentation. There was a class toward the end where showed us a blurry photo of a man in a canoe and told us it was a photo of a hybrid. When we questioned how he knew that he just kept saying “as know”. Apparently it was mailed to him (or some one) anonymously from a Canadian post mark. The subject was never identified. But “we know, why else would they send it.

      Supposedly he got away with this level of embarrassment because he was tenured, and students loved the class. It was actually a lot of fun, and most if not all of us were there to be critical and get a quick bump in gpa. Earlier on he suposedly taught more legit subjects in us history, and did quite well. But that was well before I attended.

      • spookyparadigm
        July 23, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        “He spent the last lecture literally raving about how we were (the students, not Jacobs) being routinely abducted and 20 to 50 percent of us were likely hybrids or the result of experimentation. There was a class toward the end where showed us a blurry photo of a man in a canoe and told us it was a photo of a hybrid. When we questioned how he knew that he just kept saying “as know”. Apparently it was mailed to him (or some one) anonymously from a Canadian post mark. The subject was never identified. But “we know, why else would they send it.”

        Good lord

        • ryan
          July 23, 2014 at 8:26 PM

          We expected nutty but the shift from reasonable if strange to doomsday prophet in a single lecture was a bit jarring (and humorous.).

  9. terry the censor
    July 23, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    In the Philly.com article, Jacobs lists this as evidence for the veracity of abduction tales:
    > Abductees independently report similar experiences and recall common details

    Going through my notes, I think the following comments will explain why David Jacobs finds such consistency. Simply put, he picks and chooses the data he reports, or he changes them.

    ————-

    I recently read Dark White by Jim Schnabel. In it, Jacobs admits he picks and chooses what abductee testimony is real or not, setting aside the information he doesn’t believe. Incredibly, Jacobs seems unaware that he is shaping abductee reports — and that his procedure might explain why his abductee reports are so consistent in their details.
    Page 65: “whenever he heard something that was new or strange in an abduction account — something the aliens had said or an instrument that they had used or some creature the abductee had seen inside the spaceship or some symbol or diagram on a spaceship bulkhead — he would note it down, but then lay it aside, treating it as a confabulation or screen memory, until he had heard the same thing later from the same abductee — or better yet, until he heard the same thing from another abductee.”
    There’s more of the like on p 66, where he notes the “confabulations” occur most often at the begging of hypnotic recall. So why does he use hypnosis???

    http://www.moorethink.com/2012/07/30/here-in-the-real-world/

    David Jacobs, whose PhD must have been in Creative Writing, defines contactee-type encounters out of existence:
    1) his alien abductees don’t report positive New Age-y contact experiences, therefore, anyone who does report a positive New Age-y contact experience did not really meet aliens (Secret Life, pp. 284, 293)
    2) likeways, he says most paranormal experiences — ghost visitations, out-of-body, angel sightings — are actually abduction experiences (Secret Life, p 307).

    http://redstarfilms.blogspot.ca/2011/04/why-contactees-still-matter.html

    Jacques Vallee, reviewing a book edited by Jacobs: “French journalist Marie-Thérèse de Brosses … had some sharp things to say about the negative impact of the hypnosis process on the lives of abductees she interviewed, yet those comments are ignored. One witness, for instance, had recurring experiences of traveling with a being of light she assumed was an angel. Following hypnosis sessions with Jacobs she was told the being actually was an alien intent on harming her, and her experiences became intensely traumatic.”

    http://www.jacquesvallee.net/bookdocs/reviewabductions.pdf

    • spookyparadigm
      July 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      I’ve heard (I want to say in some cases confessions by hypnotists to this, but I can’t remember the source, perhaps I need to be regressed) that one of the persistent things that got left on the cutting-room floor by the ETH and related alien abductionists was accounts of experiencers fighting off their abductors with The Lord’s Prayer, repeating Christ’s name, and so on.

      That’s really important. Not because I believe that the aliens are actually a mask for folk Christian demonic forces and that I need to wear a crucifix to bed. But because it is a major element of where these experiences draw their content from, and what they really are.

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  10. August 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Pro tip to commenters. Don’t copy/paste an ENTIRE article or essay as a comment, instead just link to it.

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