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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Alien Abduction Files: A Review

Warwick Associates, a PR firm, often sends us books, for review, from New Page Books, a division of Career Press in Pompton Plains, NJ.

New Page Books publishes many books each year that many of you would find or have found to be interesting, books about the paranormal and spiritual topics.

Recently we received The Alien Abduction Files by Kathleen Marden (Betty Hill’s niece) and Denise Stoner (A MUFON Field Investigator).

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Normally, we eschew the alien abduction topic, having decided, to our satisfaction, that the phenomenon is psychological/neurological oriented.

But I thought we should give the book a serious perusal, as Ms. Marden and Ms. Stoner are serious, credentialed women who have written a serious book, filled with accounts and data , 253 pages full.

Of course, both women have come to the conclusion that abductions are real and the phenomenon is viable.

Abductees or, better, “experiencers,” have, individually, and separately, provided testimony that seems to intersect with one another so that there are common threads and information that is unique but confirmational.

When one reads in Chapter 16, Page 226, for instance, that ET’s have told experiencers that astral entities, called collectors or controllers, are attracted to humanity’s behavior, we have left prosaic reason for a world which is weirder than weird.

The writers do allow that alien abductions may be a psychological aberration but that it is widespread, reaching across the world encompassing all races, cultures, religions, and socioeconomic groups. [Page 201]

More importantly, both women say they, too, have experienced missing time and were aboard an identical huge craft, in the same time-frame but separately.

You make of that what you will, but there is a psychological explanation, and some of you know what it is.

The book is rife with recounted experiences, and tales that have a patina of truth and pain in them.

Experiencers believe they have been abducted by alien beings. But their reality is far removed from life as the rest of us know it.

You have to get the book to make your own evaluation. I am too cynical or skeptical to provide an unbiased review.

The book sells for $16.99 and can be found at online and offline booksellers.

And you can find more about it at:


RR

15 Comments:

  • Getting soft in your old age Rich? How is this a "serious" book by serious researchers as you would have us believe, if they take the abduction phenomenon literally? That's a contradiction. If they take the abduction phenomenon literally, and of course they do, then in principle they are not serious nor credible. Not even close to it. Let's not pretend there is even a sliver of a chance that abductions can be taken literally.

    What mysteries there are to the abduction phenomenon relate to the mysteries of the mind, which are considerable, but so what?

    It's not cynical to dismiss the literal abduction baloney, it's bread and butter ufology 101 (or whatever you want to call it). Next you'll be saying it's cynical and excessively skeptical to dismiss uh Scott Ramsey's book on the Aztec crash or Richard Dolan's latest, or Annie Jacobson's pulp SF horror stew. Never mind that literal abductionology is more discredited than ever before (hello the Carol Rainey and Emma Woods exposés).

    Kathleen Marden is Betty Hill's niece and remember Betty Hill eventually came to reject the ETH as an explanation for her encounter; but to Marden it's a case of pay no mind. And others like her, who can't even get to grips (not sensibly) with the wider 'entity encounter experience' of which the so-called aliens are merely the latest manifestation.

    By Blogger Lawrence, at Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

  • Lawrence:

    Yah, I am getting soft in my dotage.

    The woman, however, have marshaled their material, so one should be polite and not reject it out of hand without giving it a hearing or read.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

  • What would be of interest for me is the actual case studies. As of now, most abduction scenarios listed in peer review journals tend to view "alien" abductions as by-product of a dissociative disorder.

    There appears to be a correlation between the abductee and childhood trauma of various sorts which manifests in this mental construct of being abducted.

    Similar to Capgras delusion? I've recently had first hand experience with a patient that suffered from such...interesting disorder.

    I know that we've discussed this before, but...

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

  • It's a fascinating topic, in a way, Tim.

    But the bare tales -- those not really examined, just told -- are so bizarre that they offput those of us who haven't had any experience like those rendered.

    The overview, when one reads the cases in the book and the overall literature, bespeaks a kind of psychosis.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

  • Hello,
    When a review of Clancy, Susan A. (2005). Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens. Harvard University Press ; to counter-balance what Ufologists want to told us and to believe?

    Or Loftus, Elizabeth. The Myth of Repressed Memory (New York: St. Martin's, (1994).
    As :
    Matheson, Terry. Alien Abductions - Creating a Modern Phenomenon (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, (1998).

    ^^

    Regards,

    Gilles

    By Blogger Gilles Fernandez, at Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

  • Tim, Can you link to those peer reviewed journals?

    As for actual case studies, childhood trama ect...The Reed Brothers (Thomas & Matthew) have a website and some youtube videos trying to find commonalities.

    They've been working on studying their abductions (beginning in childhood - which would be tramatic). So far they can only identify commonalities such as a family heavy with RH negative factor blood. Their mother and late grandmother were also involved so-called alien abductions.

    Personally, I don't think this is psychological, Et or Milabs.

    ~ Susan

    By Blogger brownie, at Wednesday, May 01, 2013  

  • Susan,

    Give me some time, I may have some of the articles around the house. Most of the journal articles were gleamed at work on our extensive journal database. I believe that I had keyworded "delusions, dissociation."

    Tim

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Wednesday, May 01, 2013  

  • Thankyou Tim, I'd appreciate that!

    ~ Susan

    By Blogger brownie, at Wednesday, May 01, 2013  

  • Susan,

    Here are a few links:

    1)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13546800244000058#.UYK7WaKfiHg

    Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
    Volume 7, Issue 3, 2002, "Alien abduction experiences: Some clues from neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry"

    This only has the obligatory abstract, the article itself cost $170 but this weekend I might be able to download it free when I'll be at work.

    2)Making grossly damaging but avoidable errors: the pitfalls of the Olio/Cornell thesis
    R Ofshe - Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 1994 - Taylor & Francis
    ... The evidence points to the conclusion that this discovery is likely self- delusion on the ... of sixty
    years of research In J. Singer (FA), Repression and dissociation: implications for ... Past life identities,
    UFO abductions and satanic ritual abuse: The social consruction of "memories."

    These are a couple of examples. If you go on Google Scholar, type in "delusional, dissociation, childhood trauma, ufo abduction"

    You should see a bunch of articles listed. Some will only be abstracts, others will allow full access via PDF, click on to the far right version of the listing.

    As with any journal article, you'll have to gleam through the chaff and decide what's relevant or not. But if you utilize a meta search methodology, you'll discover that psychologist and psychiatrist have, at a minimum, correlated UFO aduction claims with past traumas (PTSD).

    If you see an article that looks promising, but can't access it on-line, let me know and I'll try and access it at work and provide you the full article.

    Hope this helps.

    Tim



    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Thursday, May 02, 2013  

  • Thanks Tim! I'm going to dig into those links on the weekend!

    ~ Susan

    By Blogger brownie, at Thursday, May 02, 2013  

  • @Lawrence
    > Betty Hill eventually came to reject the ETH as an explanation for her encounter

    Can you provide a source for that? I've been reading up the case three years now and haven't come across such a statement. (I'm not baiting you -- I am genuinely intrigued.)

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Friday, May 03, 2013  

  • Rich, are the accounts in the book just straight narratives or did the authors actually investigate and try to find evidence, confirming or otherwise?

    In Captured, Marden provided a lot of new case material, but her pretense of being scientific and aware of relevant scholarship was quite shameful.

    > both women say they, too, have experienced missing time and were aboard an identical huge craft

    Ray Fowler all over again? Sad.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Friday, May 03, 2013  

  • Terry:,

    Here's an example of evidence collecting (from Page 210):

    "When I asked Audrey to present her most convincing evidence of extraterrestrial visitation to me, she spoke of an incident...."

    The "evidence" -- by and large -- are anecdotal remembrances of the abductions.

    Scenes are recreated with (allegedly) the dialogue that took place before, during, and after the proffered incidents of abduction.

    That fictionalizes the accounts for me.

    I found no real supporting evidence in the book other than the related stories by the experiences themselves.

    Still, I suggest the book for those who find alien abductions to be a worthy topic of discussion.

    I am not one, and my "review" was more or less a favor to Warwick Associates for sending me the book.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, May 03, 2013  

  • That's exactly what I feared. I'll read the book eventually but only when I can get it cheap.

    I had a faint hope that Marden would redeem herself when away from the Hill case. Her conflict of interest there was obvious. How can one be the family conservator of a case AND pretend to scientifically investigate it? Only in ufology!

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Friday, May 03, 2013  

  • Terry:

    The gathering of stories by alleged "experiencers" is important, but as part of a context that includes other elements that are essential to investigation and/or research.

    Those other elements seem to be missing here.

    Yet, I wanted to note that these two women have done a lot of work gathering anecdotal material, which may hold clues to what is going on in such cases.

    That real investigatory technique is missing as you note, is endemic to what we all cite as "ufology."

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, May 03, 2013  

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