Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by by Susan A. Clancy

By Susan A. Clancy

They're tiny. they're tall. they're grey. they're eco-friendly. They survey our international with huge, immense sparkling eyes. To behavior their surprising experiments, they creep in at evening to hold people off to their spaceships. but there isn't any facts that they exist in any respect. So how may possibly an individual think she or he was once kidnapped by way of extraterrestrial beings? Or are looking to think it? to reply to those questions, psychologist Susan Clancy interviewed and evaluated "abductees"--old and younger, female and male, spiritual and agnostic. She listened heavily to their stories--how they struggled to give an explanation for anything unusual of their remembered event, how abduction appeared believable, and the way, having suspected abduction, they started to recall it, aided through advice and hypnosis. Clancy argues that abductees are sane and clever those who have unwittingly created bright fake thoughts from a poisonous mixture of nightmares, culturally to be had texts (abduction experiences all started merely after tales of extraterrestrials seemed in movies and on TV), and a strong force for that means that technology is not able to fulfill. For them, otherworldly terror can turn into a reworking, even inspiring adventure. "Being abducted," writes Clancy, "may be a baptism within the new faith of this millennium." This e-book is not just a sophisticated exploration of the workings of reminiscence, yet a delicate inquiry into the character of trust. (20051101)

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They have a different, more compelling kind of evidence: first-hand experiences are real. Any experience is accompanied by and dependent upon neural activity. Although neural activity is normally the consequence of external input, it can be created by direct activation of the neural substrate itself. 10 Hence, the only way to distinguish between a “feeling” that an abduction occurred and its objective reality is through objective corroboration—something that in the case of alien abductions just doesn’t exist.

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Instead of moving seamlessly between sleeping and being awake, we find ourselves in a limbo where the two states briefly overlap. When we sleep, certain neural mechanisms block motor output from the brain to the rest of the body, so that we’re essentially paralyzed. This is important, because otherwise we’d be thrashing around, talking, shouting, and lashing out violently in our dreams. But when sleep cycles overlap, it’s possible to “wake up” before sleep paralysis has waned. If this happens, we’ll be unable to move.

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