Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens / Edition 1

Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens / Edition 1

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by Susan A. Clancy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674018796

ISBN-13: 9780674018792

Pub. Date: 10/01/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

They are tiny. They are tall. They are gray. They are green. They survey our world with enormous glowing eyes. To conduct their shocking experiments, they creep in at night to carry humans off to their spaceships. Yet there is no evidence that they exist at all. So how could anyone believe he or she was abducted by aliens? Or want to believe it?

To answer these

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They are tiny. They are tall. They are gray. They are green. They survey our world with enormous glowing eyes. To conduct their shocking experiments, they creep in at night to carry humans off to their spaceships. Yet there is no evidence that they exist at all. So how could anyone believe he or she was abducted by aliens? Or want to believe it?

To answer these questions, psychologist Susan Clancy interviewed and evaluated "abductees"--old and young, male and female, religious and agnostic. She listened closely to their stories--how they struggled to explain something strange in their remembered experience, how abduction seemed plausible, and how, having suspected abduction, they began to recollect it, aided by suggestion and hypnosis.

Clancy argues that abductees are sane and intelligent people who have unwittingly created vivid false memories from a toxic mix of nightmares, culturally available texts (abduction reports began only after stories of extraterrestrials appeared in films and on TV), and a powerful drive for meaning that science is unable to satisfy. For them, otherworldly terror can become a transforming, even inspiring experience. "Being abducted," writes Clancy, "may be a baptism in the new religion of this millennium." This book is not only a subtle exploration of the workings of memory, but a sensitive inquiry into the nature of belief.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674018792
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

1How do you wind up studying aliens?11
2How do people come to believe they were abducted by aliens?30
3Why do I have memories if it didn't happen?54
4Why are abduction stories so consistent?81
5Who gets abducted?106
6If it didn't happen, why would I want to believe it did?137

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Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating and clearly written book about what really happens during an alien abduction. The author succeeds in showing that scientific reality is actually more exciting and complex than anything the aliens have done. This is one of those lovely books that gives you delicious explosions of understanding as you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although good intentions are there, this book tries to discredit and disprove something without taking into account all of the evidence, and by making too many generalizations.