Mind Alteration and UFO Encounters/Abductions
Some ufologists consider the use of psychedelics as one of the possible causes for some UFO events; that is, the percipients have a UFO experience that stems from ingesting chemicals that induce hallucinatory images thought to be reality.
Shamanistic practices worked similarly, but without the UFO overlay.
Richard Bucke in his masterwork, Cosmic Consciousness [E.P. Dutton and Company, NY, 1901] provides examples of visions and mental states derived from the affects of Chloroform [Page 379 ff.].
“flashes of intense light, out-of-body experience, the presence of another, and telepathic thoughts.”
(Some of these experiences mimic the so-called Near Death Experience.)
Other chemical and drugs – Bucke notes that alcohol produces bastard stimulations like those noted above – along with adverse food reactions, neurological qlitches, and psychological malfunctions can create perverse observations of reality, UFO abductions and encounters in those predilected to things with a sci-fi bent.
The Travis Walton abduction is grist, I think, for such an explanation, the Pascagoula episode also.
The Hill’s “abduction” could be based upon a carbon monoxide leak in their car – did anyone ever pursue that possibility? – or effects from what they last ate before heading home.
Okay, we know that UFOs are seen or recorded (film and radar) but encounters and abductions are not.
UFOs provide the mental stimuli (or premise in fraud reportings) for some who think they’ve been taken aboard an extraterrestrial craft, but it’s what has affected their brains that produces the hallucinatory stories that are related to “researchers.”
Hypnosis merely exacerbates the hallucinatory event; hypnosis doesn’t provide truth of a tangible reality.
For moderate UFO mavens, alien abduction is a mental or bogus canard, while UFOs remain a viable phenomenon, worthy of research and discussion, for those inclined to such ephemeral “realities.”