4 comments on “The Psychology of Alien Abduction: An Altered State of Consciousness?

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  2. Profoundly underwhelmed. People who believe in esp believe they’ve been abducted by aliens. This thesis sheds zero light on those who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens and a great deal of light on those supporting this thesis. Pure materialists demonize any data that suggests that pure materialism explains everything.

    In any case the thesis is fatally flawed. Those who believe in esp and those who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens are not significantly overlapping populations.

    There is data supporting esp, including during controlled experiments carried out by professional researchers in laboratory settings; there is none supporting alien abduction.

    Better insight into alien abduction narratives can be found in folklore scholarship, for example lauri honko on memorates and folk belief

    on sleep paralysis of course. One would read David Hufford.

  3. P.S. If modern psychiatry / psychology claims that people who honestly believe that they have been abducted by space aliens are “not crazy,” or not mentally ill, then the problem is with psychiatry’s / psychology’s definition of, and ability to diagnose, recognize and describe mental illness.

    Exploiting this population and its pathology, evident perhaps to everyone except psychologists, in materialist triumphalism does not advance understanding.

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