Do You Believe in Alien Abductions?

My name is John Burke. I’m an investigative reporter and a certified hypnotherapist. I’m confident we’re being visited what I don’t know are their intentions Los Angeles California a city where nothing is ever as it seems but sometimes a place where horrifying stories of UFOs and alien abductions are very real for every up there’s a down for every ging there’s a yang I mean you take the city of Los Angeles the weather is absolutely perfect but there’s so many cars are practically chokes the life out of the day it’s incredible amount of wealth and blinding poverty based on whatever Street you happen to cross it’s not all fancy cars and movie stars either there’s an underbelly an underbelly that really Foster’s the UFO alien abduction movement I guess there are easy targets for ridicule hidden trauma masked under some fantastic illusion I don’t know maybe what’s easy is dismissing it as nonsense maybe what takes courage is confronting the demon Wendy she’s really straddling reality and a dream and trying to come to terms with what’s what and right now it’s so disorienting to her I’m not sure she knows which one is which her first UFO sighting was in 2010 near Indianapolis since then she claims to have seen dozens I was with her following like an angel by all accounts he was a normal existence it was a normal Midwestern existence I was very happy life was very normal and I think when the first people asked me what was one of the first signs or one of the things you noticed and I was joking with my husband one night and I said if I didn’t know better I would say there was a star following me describe one of the more remarkable images that you’ve ever seen in this guy I was standing in my backyard and I usually don’t have feelings or I can’t fill if there’s gonna be any UFO experiences or events but one night I felt like there was something that was going to happen I went to my backyard and I wasn’t looking in the sky I was looking toward the woods that are off to the side in my backyard and sure enough I see this it looks like this enormous blue teardrop come out of my woods and it’s probably 50 feet high poop it goes up to the sky and just stays there and it is a perfect diamond had a pink interior and had a red bar across it and it was it was magnificent it was beautiful it was non scary you would think something like that would be terrifying but I was in such awe now this doesn’t just happen in your backyard does it I mean when you travel they show up when I travel they show up I go back and forth of Los Angeles and I’ve seen things and as I travel the country or I’ve even gone to Europe and I’ve seen them there’s there’s got to be something you know I never felt chosen I don’t like that word but there’s something there that maybe I know or a lesson that somebody I know knows that that needs to get out thoughts on meeting Wendy for the first time you know you can take a look at UFO pictures and UFO footage all day long but it’s not until you stand across from somebody and you look in their eyes and you see that certainty and that uncertainty at the same time the intensity the experience that it really begins to haunt you obviously in the middle of a journey this all really picked up just a short time ago when you’re trying to put all the pieces together what next what do you do now I want to know more I want to know there’s certain nights that are enormous to me I want to know what happened there nights that I I’m not sure about the word abduction are being taken I don’t know and I always try to leave a very open mind I’m very curious about it there’s some questions that I would like answers to there’s some nights that didn’t make a lot of sense to me you know a lot of people when they’re in a position similar to yours they’ll go to hypnosis to learn more is that something you’d be open to I would I think that’s our next it’s so far I’ve managed to gain Wendy’s trust but right now all I have are photographs and stories so I’ve convinced her to come to a world-renowned hypnotherapist who deals in alien abductions now she has an event during this hypnotherapy session we may be tapping into something that she doesn’t even know exists in her life how many people have been abducted in your opinion over the last 10 20 years it’s in the millions millions it’s worldwide it’s not just here in the United States it’s a worldwide because I get contacted by people all over the world we are being engaged by alien beings from we don’t know where why though why are they contact why are they interacting their main agenda is to create a hybrid race between they need human DNA with their alien DNA and they’re creating these hybrids they’ve been doing this for a very long time as you are allowing yourself now to completely and totally relax we’re gonna begin by taking a trip back in time to explore a memory just feel yourself going back during that time going to your house I reached for the string to pull the blinds down and I am taken in by a light so enormous and I could see into it and as you’re seeing into it describe what you’re seeing the whole room has like this yellow green hue to it and they’re kind of it’s like the colors are off verbalize it Wendy I’m right here it’s dark earthen like it should be like it’s darker than a room and it’s more like it’s not straight like room like it’s curved kind of there’s like like these tentacle things like beams not beams but jellyfish and as you’re seeing into it describe what you’re seeing its blinding but there’s something in there I’m so scared what they want No who are they whoever they Wendy who are you referring to my head you get a sense of that first and behind you it’s a few milk voice which catches a North Pole and is the female voice talking to you yep we don’t know what they were missing these important in numbers in letters and we will put people in front of you and you will know where the words that they speak three just feel your body starting to come around for your eyes are opening and five then we’ve opened up the subconscious it doesn’t serve any purpose for someone to keep holding this in like there’s a lot more it’s very real to her that was very clear in the room my question to you is is it is it real to you do you think that she is interacted with aliens you know John after 22 years of doing this definitely as soon as I saw her body language as soon as I saw her the tears that came forward that the raw emotion and the fear this is very very typical Yvonne’s in a curious spot no question Wendy session revealed an intense emotional experience but was it abduction I can’t tell if she believes what she just heard or if it even matters I can tell you she cares she cares about her clients being healed and happy and living balanced good lives dr.

Leir is a podiatrist by trade but has found himself at the forefront of actual physical evidence of this alien abduction phenomenon the implant dr. Leir has worked out his own theories as to purpose in origin he doesn’t care who he upsets he doesn’t care what boat he rocks all he wants is the truth and for the truth to be known what about the implants how many of you extracted and we’ve done 16 surgeries today and prettier 17 objects I just want to touch on the idea of a hybrid program do you endorse that yes I believe that there is such a thing as a hybrid program a large amount of the abductee program has to do with re manipulating our DNA into different species so the implants manipulate DNA I think what they’re there is gathering data so they can broadcast this data remotely when they want it recently we’ve come to the conclusion that the skeletal structure the body is being used for an antenna because it contains all a constituents they would make up you know I’m Metallica what is it that makes you think that you’re involved with the air abduction program at all I feel like I’m being hunted I feel like they know I’m at do you have any idea where this implant might be just because I’ve heard you know very loud tones and my right ear I would say probably in my ear perhaps we’re gonna do some pretty funky old tests and measurements to see if your body is admitting anything we’re actually looking at Wendy’s leg with an ultraviolet light and anything that begins to shine secure your color is what we consider fluorescence sometimes these colors can be orange or pink our people ever tracked in a different way that different well we don’t think these devices have anything to do with tracking anybody we know now that our own genetic laboratories that each our own our own DNA has it’s electronic signature you know Walter this one yeah it’s all what we’re doing it’s very firm to make a sale in the waters Pete this is a Gauss meter Gauss meter picks up electromagnetic fields and we find for example and then plants they have met as much as 10 milligauss that’s about eight milligauss is coming out around here what does that mean could be an object which is really saying something electromagnetic field to be on the safe side how we should get an x-ray maybe both ears what’s light using a little radio density right here there’s one yelling input we know that the radio density in the spot is not supposed to be there so it could be an implant I have no words right now I’m not sure what I’m feeling I’m surprised to even see anything at all and even the possibility of it being an implant it’s something I always thought about but maybe I just didn’t want to go there because it’s just another layer to this entire story this is a worldwide phenomena and the people of this planet are being kept in the dark there is a light at the end of the tunnel but it could be a train heading right for us now Wendy finished her session really by looking down and she said there’s more do you agree yes how much more John this experience doesn’t stop its ongoing it may lay dormant for say a few years but it’s going to happen

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A Strange Encounter: Explaining Alien Abduction Belief

Thank you to everybody for coming. So this is an overview of what I’m going to do. First of all I’m just going to set forward some preliminaries, a couple of things I’m going to assume without argument, then I’m going to give a brief overview of the kind of things that alien abductees say about their night time experiences, then I’ll give a bit more information about the kind of beliefs that they have. Then the serious stuff starts. I’ll ask how we’re going to explain why people have these strange beliefs.

I’ll suggest that we can explain it by appeal to some strange experiences they have and then I’ll ask whether that’s going to be enough. Actually it turns out it’s not going to be enough because some people have these experiences and don’t go on to develop the belief, so we need some other stuff involved in our explanation, and right at the end I’ll just gesture towards some other contributory factors which might be helping us explain why people have these beliefs.

OK, so just preliminaries to start. One note and two assumptions. The first is just a terminological note: so I’ll refer to subjects who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens as ‘abductees’. You’re an abductee if you believe you’ve been abducted, not if you’ve actually been abducted. So what ‘abductee’ is doing there is picking out what beliefs somebody has, not what has actually happened to them. So if you’ve actually been abducted you’re an abductee, but also if you believe you’ve been abducted, you’re an abductee. Related to that I’m going to assume that all beliefs in alien abduction are false. That’s to say that I’m going to assume that no human being has ever been abducted by aliens. I think that’s a safe assumption but I can go slightly weaker for people who don’t think that’s a safe assumption. So let’s say there are abductees proper, people who have really been abducted by aliens. Take that set of people, put them aside – I’m not interested in those people in this talk – I’m interested in those people who believe they’ve been abducted but they haven’t actually been abducted.

So if you want to leave open the possibility that some of these people have true beliefs, put those over there, I’m not interested in those people. I’m interested in this set of people who believe they’ve been abducted but they haven’t. OK, so focusing in on that set, my second assumption is that these guys aren’t lying. So they really believe their claims, they’re not trying to seek media attention or anything like that.

These people have not been abducted by aliens but they sincerely believe that they have. As I say, I’m not going to argue for those assumptions but you can ask me about them afterwards. OK, so a strange encounter. So in this section I just have a couple of abductee reports from a study by McNally and Clancy in 2005. So here’s the first one: ‘a female abductee was lying on her back. When she woke up from a sound sleep her body was completely paralysed and she experienced a sensation of levitating above her bed. Her heart was pounding, her breathing was shallow, she felt tense all over, she was terrified. She was able to open her eyes and when she did so, she saw three beings standing at the foot of her bed in the glowing light’. In the second report, ‘a male abductee awoke in the middle of the night seized with panic. He was entirely paralysed and felt electricity shooting throughout his body.

He felt his energy draining away from him. He could see several alien beings standing around his bed’. So now I want to talk about what these people come to believe when these experiences happen to them. So here are some common features of the alien abduction narrative. So typically what happens is that someone will have a night time experience like this, then they might seek out memory recovery sessions by hypnosis and then they get all these extra details about what happened to them. So common features, (this is from 1987), include being captured and examined by aliens, communicating with them often telepathically, seeing the spaceship, visiting other worlds, being communicated important information, and being returned to the point of abduction.

More recently, roughly the same kind of thing. These guys are doing the same thing to us. Common themes include being a participant in a hybrid breeding programme which can involve extraction of semen, sex with aliens, meeting hybrid offspring, and being subject to medical procedures on spaceships. So these are the typical things that are reported by abductees. So now I want to talk about two cases which are documented in John Mack’s book, Abduction. So he does the memory recovery sessions and he endorses the abduction explanation and these are from his point of view talking about these subjects who have had these experiences. So this is Scott’s story. So Scott’s room had no door, ‘and unexplained light was coming in from the direction of the adjacent clothes/washer dryer room. Scott’s breath was now coming in loud, short gasps as he spoke of “six” of “them” with “boxy” and “angular” heads that were “after me”.

Then he saw a “round-tipped rod” pushing towards him which Scott related to how he was anaesthetised. “They know I’m aware”, Scott said and “they put me under” so that “I couldn’t move”. At this point a “buzzing” in his right ear changed to a ringing sound and “I lost control of my body”. Then all Scott saw was a screen like a TV monitor that was “fritzing”. Memories of his life flashed before him as he felt himself struggling to protect his mind “So they couldn’t touch it”. After this he quite literally lost consciousness although he had been saying “as fast I could ‘I’ve got to remember, I’ve got to remember’.”’ And this is the case of Catherine which I’ve laid out as a transcript. So this happened to her she says when she was a young girl and she was kidnapped from a friend’s garden and when she was up on the spaceship, one of the ‘little men’ brought out a metal implement and this is what happened next, where ‘C’ is Catherine and ‘A’ is alien. So ‘what are you going to do with that?’, ‘I’m just going to make a little cut’, ‘why?’, ‘because we need a sample’. ‘No, no, you can’t cut me’, ‘we have to’, ‘no you don’t have to, that’s mean, you don’t have to do it to me’, ‘it’s for scientific research’.

‘Well why can’t you cut something else?’ and this is after the cut, ‘because we need to blood. We had to get the sample’, ‘but you didn’t tell me why’. So this is on the way back down to earth ‘I’m researching your planet’, ‘what’s wrong with my planet?’, ‘we’re trying to stop the damage’, ‘what damage?’, ‘the damage from pollution’. ‘I don’t know about that’ says this 8 year old girl, ‘you’ll learn’. And then we’re going down again ‘I’m getting closer to the ground, getting closer, getting closer’ and I’m on the ground and I want to run away but I can’t move and he says ‘we’ll be back for you’. OK, so that was the easy bit.

That was just describing what these people report on. What on earth is going on? How do we explain this, given my assumption at the beginning that all of these beliefs are false? OK, so it’s not really illuminating to just say ‘oh, these people are obviously crazy’, that’s not a very good explanation of what’s going on here. We can do better than that. So people who are interested in alien abduction belief, they like to talk about awareness during sleep paralysis, so I’ll say what that is now.

So this is described by Richard McNally as a hiccup in the architecture of rapid eye movement sleep which lasts anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. So during rapid eye movement sleep the sleeper is immobilised so motoric output is blocked. This is usually a really helpful mechanism because it stops us acting out our dreams and hurting sleeping partners. But sometimes things go really wrong and we can wake up before the paralysis has disappeared and we can become aware that we’re unable to move. And this can be accompanied, not surprisingly, by an increase in heart rate, difficulty breathing, and feelings of dread. But it’s actually quite common in the general population. Estimates vary on this but McNally and Clancy put it at 30% of the general population who have had an experience of sleep paralysis and three quarters of these people will hallucinate during the paralysis in one modality, which is just to say either visually or auditorally, whilst they’re paralysed. You can imagine how terrifying this is. Katherine Holden and Christopher French give a slightly different range, so they say it’s ‘somewhere between 25 and 40% of the population’ have had some experience of awareness during sleep paralysis. It’s not a disease or any other kind of medical condition, it’s terrifying but actually it’s harmless, it does not indicate ill-health or pathology.

OK, so that’s the first step. Then we can start talking about the hallucinations which can accompany this paralysis and these may be visual including ‘lights, animals, strange figures and demons, or auditory including heavy footsteps, humming or buzzing noises and sounds of heavy objects being moved’. So McNally and Clancy ask you to do this imaginative exercise. So ‘Imagine opening your eyes shortly before dawn, attempting to roll over in your bed and suddenly realising that you’re entirely paralysed. While lying helplessly on your back and unable to cry out for help you become aware of sinister figures lurking in your bedroom. As they move closer to your bed your heart begins to pound violently and you feel as if you’re suffocating. You hear buzzing sounds and feel electrical sensations shooting throughout your body. Within moments the visions vanish and you can move again. Terrified’—obviously—‘you wonder what has just happened’.

OK, so some people have this experience and they want to know what just happened to them. Now of course some people can just shrug it off as inexplicable or they might say ‘well, clearly I had too much to drink last night’ or maybe they actually know the explanation, maybe they spend their days thinking about hypnopompic hallucination and sleep paralysis. But for those people who don’t, they might be kind of freaked out and want an explanation of what just happened to them. So although ASP and hallucination is relatively common among the general population, knowledge of these states isn’t really. This doesn’t pop up on interview panels or on TV. So given that most people don’t know about this kind of stuff, it’s unlikely that they’re going to be able to explain their experience by appeal to these kind of explanations. So I’m willing to bet that before you guys came in here, at least some of you didn’t know about awareness during sleep paralysis and hypnopompic hallucination. If you don’t know about it, you’re not going to be able to explain your experience by appeal to it.

And though the experiences are common, they don’t indicate pathology. The general public just don’t know about this so they don’t go and say something like this, ‘oh, this is a dyssynchrony in the architecture of REM, it’ll pass’. They don’t do that. They freak out and they want to know what happened to them. OK, so this is McNally’s typical case of what happens to an abductee. They have this kind of night time experience, they wonder what happened to them, then they start reading about these experiences either online or in books. They see therapists who endorse the abduction explanation, therapists like John Mack, then they enter into memory recovery sessions via hypnosis and under hypnosis they start generating more details about the experience and what happened thereafter, including them being ‘whisked through walls up into the sky and into spaceships’, being ‘sexually probed by aliens’ and ‘involved in hybrid breeding experimentation’ before being ‘brought back down to the bedroom before the break of dawn’.

So now I want to ask whether experience is enough. So what I’ve said so far is that people have these beliefs that they’ve been abducted and all these terrible things have happened to them and we know that these kinds of experiences can be caused by awareness during sleep paralysis and accompanying hypnopompic hallucinations. So do we have a full explanation? Is that all we need to say in order to explain this? Obviously my answer’s going to be ‘no’ because I have two more sections. So does experience explain everything? It doesn’t. So in McNally and Clancy’s 2005 study, one of their twelve control subjects – so their subjects who were not abductees – reported having experienced sleep paralysis and just forgot about it. She wasn’t really worried about it, she just wrote it off as inexplicable. So they say of this, ‘not all individuals experiencing sleep paralysis will seek an explanation.

Some will simply shrug it off as weird and inexplicable occurrence’, some people will know the true cause. So having the experience isn’t going to be enough to get you all the way to alien abduction belief. And in a large scale study by J. Allan Cheyne and colleagues, they surveyed 870 university students and 22.5% of them had had this kind of experience, this sleep paralysis with hallucinations. Max Coltheart who’s a cognitive scientist working on delusion, he comments on this and he says look, I don’t know how many people think that they’ve been abducted by aliens, but I’m willing to bet that ‘it’s going to be lower than 22.5%’ and if we can take that 22.5% as representative of the general population, then it looks like we’ve got people who have the experience but don’t go on to have the weird belief. So there will ‘be many people who’ve experienced sleep paralysis with hallucinations yet do not have the alien abduction belief’.

So the experience can’t be doing all of the work. So it’s not enough. So this is Max Coltheart, if we accept that ‘the experience of sleep paralysis with hallucination is what prompts the idea of alien abduction in abductees, we still need to explain what it was that turned this idea into a permanent belief in these particular people when most people who have the experience do not adopt the belief’. This is from Susan Clancy, she’s my favourite person to read on this subject. She has a book called Abduction: Why People Believe they’ve been Abducted by Aliens, which I heartily recommend. This is a quote from her. She says look, ‘when there are so many available explanations for this kind of experience, from excess carbohydrates to parental neglect, from insufficient bikram yoga to too much Prozac, why pick alien abduction? What makes abductees unusual is not the strangeness of their experiences’, we’ve already seen that’s fairly common, ‘or their desire for an explanation, but the specific explanation they choose.

Why do some people come to believe that their sleep paralysis experiences are caused by extra-terrestrials?’ and then as a funny aside she says ‘it’s not actually a very good explanation for this reason: ‘Wouldn’t you think that these mentally and technologically superior beings would have something more interesting to do, something quite possibly beyond the imagining of the human brain than to hang around North America’ – where most abductees live – ‘kidnapping its more creative and intuitive inhabitants in order to do the same experiments over and over again?’ We always hear from people that they took their genetic material to produce hybrid babies. ‘Why are these genius aliens so dim? After 50 years of abducting us, why are they still taking the same bits and pieces? Don’t they have freezers?’. So here’s a reason for thinking actually it’s not a very good explanation of their experiences. OK, so just in the last part I’m just going to gesture to what other stuff might be going on which will get us from the experience to the alien abduction belief.

So, what you might be inclined to say is that OK, the experience isn’t enough in people who are kind of mentally well but if you get someone who’s a little bit mentally unstable, plug in the experience, that will do all the work. That’s going to be a really bad explanation because actually alien abductees are mentally well people. So there’s been no convincing evidence for higher rates of ‘serious psycho-pathology among abductees compared to the general population’.

And the typical abductee though, and this is what seems to be doing some of the work, there is a little bit of oddness about them. So they have a ‘long-standing interest in New Age practices and beliefs such as reincarnation, astral projection, mental telepathy, alternative healing practices, energy therapies and astrology’ and you might think that these beliefs make abductees ‘especially prone to endorse an alien encounter interpretation of their sleep paralysis episodes’. So if you’ve got someone who already believes in this kind of stuff, then you plug in the experience, that might be enough. And this is Clancy again.

She says look, it’s kind of consistent with what we already believe. We’ve already seen the alien abduction movies, we know the kind of thing that these guys get up to when they come to earth, so when we’re looking for an explanation of an experience, assuming we’re not well read in psychology so we don’t know the true explanation, we can only choose from those explanations which we’ve actually heard of. Most of us who don’t study this stuff, a ‘set of possible explanations is far from complete’. Most of us are ‘unaware of the prevalence of sleep paralysis, sexual dysfunction, anxiety disorders, perceptual aborations, chemical imbalances, memory lapses, and psychosomatic pain.

But, our set of possible explanations does include alien abduction’… ‘everyone knows about aliens and their modus operandi’, right? We all know that ‘they come at night, fill you with terror, kidnap you and erase your memories’. We’ve all seen the films, right? This kind of explanation is available to us. So it’s also consistent with the kind of thing that we believe already – some of us. So maybe we’ve got closer to a full explanation now. So we had this experience that I outlined at the beginning but I said that’s not going to get you all the way because some people have the experience without the belief.

OK, plug in this other stuff, so New Age beliefs and familiarity with the alien abduction narrative, which people in North America – which coincidentally is where most of the abductees live – have. These other contributory factors are present in the normal population, so they’re not sort of clinically significant, they don’t make you mentally unwell if you have these New Age beliefs and this familiarity with the abduction narrative. So maybe we can get closer to a full explanation of alien abduction belief by looking at the weird experiences people have, plus some oddities found in the non-abductee population. So I’ll just leave you with this final thought from Clancy. So she says ‘at other times and other places in the world, such night terrors have been interpreted as Satan, demons, witches, dragons, vampires, large dogs and angels and erect Gorgon’.

(I don’t know what that is.) ‘Today it’s extra-terrestrials, yet although it’s true that sleep paralysis and alien abduction experiences have a lot in common’, right, ‘there’s one important difference. Sleep paralysis is a fact; alien abduction isn’t. So, if you wake up in the middle of the night, levitating above your bed and sleeping like a chicken on a rotisserie, you should understand that the experience is roughly a billion times more likely to have been caused by something normal than by something paranormal’.

‘But be careful about telling this to an actual abductee. You’ll encounter only denial, anger, blank stares or condescending smiles’. Thanks. .

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