Fact a Day: June 26th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: June 26th

The Facts on UFO’s and other Supernatural Phenomena (Harvest House, 1992), p. 33

 

How can one tell if a given UFO experience is real or only in the mind?

 

To understand how a UFO experience can be perceived as real, and yet isn’t, consider UFO abductions. Despite literally thousands of alleged abductions, not a particle of proof has ever been produced to substantiate the claim that people were taken on board a genuine extraterrestrial craft. Hypnotic regression supplies the sole “evidence” that such an event ever occurred. (Hopkins, Missing, pp. 7-8) Indeed, hypnosis “has become a fanatical obsession with American UFO researchers today.” (Vallee, Confrontations, p. 142)

Nevertheless, an abundance of data can be produced, some of it from UFO researchers themselves, to show that the use of hypnosis proves absolutely nothing in terms of substantiating an alleged UFO abduction. (e.g., Science, October 14, 1983, pp. 184-185; June 4, 1988; Wall Street Journal, Mar. 2, 1988; Vallee, Confrontations, pp. 142-43, 156-58. Cf. The critiques of hypnosis use in UFO “Abductions” in The Skeptical Inquirer, Vol., 5, No. 3; Vol. 12, Nos. 2 & 3)

Significantly, “a group of subjects who knew nothing about UFOs were hypnotized and given imaginary UFO abductions. Their narratives turned out to be very similar to ‘real’ abductees’ experiences. The entities they sketched were similar also….” (Lawson, “Alien Roots,” p. 166, cf. Lawson, “What Can We Learn from Hypnosis of Imaginary Abductees?” in 1977 MUFON Symposium Proceedings, p. 166) Further, “An average comparison of imaginary sessions with the ‘‘real’’ regressions from the literature indicated almost no substantive difference.””(Lawson, ibid, in 1977 MUFON Proceedings, p. 107)

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