By Susan A. Clancy

They're tiny. they're tall. they're grey. they're eco-friendly. They survey our international with huge, immense gleaming eyes. To behavior their surprising experiments, they creep in at evening to hold people off to their spaceships. but there is not any facts that they exist in any respect. So how may perhaps somebody think she or he used to be kidnapped through 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, non secular and agnostic. She listened heavily to their stories--how they struggled to give an explanation for anything unusual of their remembered adventure, how abduction appeared believable, and the way, having suspected abduction, they started to recall it, aided by way of recommendation and hypnosis. Clancy argues that abductees are sane and clever those who have unwittingly created brilliant fake thoughts from a poisonous mixture of nightmares, culturally to be had texts (abduction stories begun simply after tales of extraterrestrials seemed in movies and on TV), and a strong force for that means that technology is not able to meet. For them, otherworldly terror can develop into a remodeling, even inspiring adventure. "Being abducted," writes Clancy, "may be a baptism within the new faith of this millennium." This e-book isn't just a refined exploration of the workings of reminiscence, yet a delicate inquiry into the character of trust. (20051101)

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Jon, a thirty-nine-year-old teacher, told this story: “I’d lived in the city my whole life, but moved to a very rural area in New York 34 How Do People Come To Believe They Were Abducted By Aliens? State for a new job. . I started to be afraid of being alone, especially at night. I’d been used to peace and quiet—but not anymore. I got, like, really scared to be by myself. ” Here’s Martha, a twenty-seven-year-old preschool teacher: “About a month ago I started noticing this bruise on my thighs.

Did you see that movie Signs—the one with Mel Gibson? The aliens looked more like those, not like the more typical ones. I’d be walking to school and then POP—an alien would be in my head. Sometimes I’d hit my fist against a wall, because then the pain would help me think of something else. I really thought I was going crazy. After a while, I told a friend—Rob. I think you spoke with him; he’s a graduate student at the Divinity School. He gave me a book to read. The book was called Abduction or Abductions and it was written by a famous psychiatrist at Harvard.

And once the search had begun, the evidence almost always showed up. The confirmation bias—the tendency to seek or interpret evidence favorable to existing belief, and to ignore or reinterpret unfavorable evidence—is ubiquitous, even among scientists. Once we’ve adopted initial premises (“I think I’ve been abducted by aliens”), we find it very difficult to disabuse ourselves of them; they become resilient, immune to external argument. We seem to be habitual deductivists, rather than inductivists, in our approach to the world.

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