An online text-based “live chat” with Dr. Mack hosted by the SciFi Channel’s website in 2002 during the promotion of the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series “Taken”.
by Andrew Lawler
John Mack’s research into alien abductions has thrust him far out of the academic mainstream, yet the Harvard psychiatrist and his Program for Extraordinary Experience Research soldier on, constructing a “science of the sacred.”
by Joe Eich-Bonni, Boston’s Weekly Dig
John E. Mack is a Doctor of Psychiatry and a professor at Harvard University. At 71 years old he might have retired by now, but he’s a doer and always has been. After attending Harvard’s Medical School he went on to found the Psychiatric Department at Cambridge Hospital. And somehow, while exemplifying himself in his chosen field of study, particularly within the realm of studying repressed and screen memories associated with family trauma, he found the time to win a Pulitzer Prize for a biography he penned on T.E. Lawrence. Yes, that would be Lawrence of Arabia. However, it would not be his Pulitzer Prize, or his founding of a respected psychiatric department, or his list of academic credentials with one of the most storied universities in the world, that would gain him his greatest degree of recognition. No, it would be something far more unexpected, strange, and what some might even consider bizarre.
By Vivienne Simon
by Christina Zohs
by Sean Casteel
When Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack released his first book on his research into alien abduction, entitled simply Abduction, in 1994, it was major news in many different quarters. That a doctor and author with such impressive credentials should take seriously the stories told by people who claimed to have been taken by aliens from the normal plane of reality into another quite different plane, something a large segment of the academic establishment generally regarded as tabloid newspaper drool, was very important to the UFO community, who now felt they had an ally in their battle for “scientific respectability.”
Transcript of a radio interview conducted by New York Times bestselling author Whitley Strieber on Sunday November 14, 1999 on occasion of the publication of Dr. John Mack’s second book on the alien encounter experience, Passport to the Cosmos.
by David J. Brown
An expanded version of this interview appears in David Jay Brown’s 1995 book of interviews for St. Martin’s Press titled Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse: Contemplating the Future with Noam Chomsky, George Carlin, Deepak Chopra, Rupert Sheldrake, and Otherse. Below is the original 1996 version of the interview which does not contain the newer material from conversations recorded in 2003.
by Christopher Lydon
[A note from Dr Mack’s website: This interview was likely conducted during a visit by Nova to the PEER offices on April 25, 1995. The Nova special itself was televised on PBS on February 27, 1996.
by Richard Cutting
by Missy Daniel
“Nobody could have been more surprised than I was that the book aroused so much interest,” claims Harvard psychiatrist John E. Mack. Seated in his modest office in the Cambridge Hospital, where he has been affiliated with the department of psychiatry for over 25 years, he defends himself against those who have said that the man who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for his biography of T.E. Lawrence (A Prince of Our Disorder, Little, Brown, 1976) has succumbed to the lure of sensationalism and big money with Abduction: Human Encounter with Aliens, published this month by Scribners (Nonfiction Forecasts, Feb. 7). Of his advance Mack says only that “it’s been one of the more interesting publishing experiences in my life. I’m used to the publisher saying, ‘We’ll take a chance. Here’s $5000. Go to it.’ Apparently this book touches some kind of nerve.”
by Sara Terry
John Mack still remembers the conversation he had with Carl Sagan, back in the 1960s. Mack, a Harvard psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, was intrigued by talk of UFOs and wanted to hear Sagan’s thoughts on the subject, which had been the focus of a recent, well-publicized government inquiry.
“Sagan had had something to do with the Condon Committee, which had reviewed the whole question of UFOs,” recalls Mack, “and he said, with great authority, ‘There’s nothing to it. There’s no substance to it.’ Well, Carl was an authority figure to me, a prominent scientist and a friend, so I let it go.”
Mack Retraces 12 Years of Research for T.E. Lawrence Biography