Resisting the Politics of Fear

by John E. Mack, M.D.

September 13, 2004

Senator John Edwards and many other Americans believe that Vice President Cheney “crossed the line” when he said that if we chose John Kerry instead of George Bush “we’ll be hit again and we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States.” But I believe that line was crossed many months ago when President Bush and his administration chose to manipulate the minds of our people by relentlessly threatening us with the danger of terrorist attacks. Because the terrorist danger is real, it is especially important that our capacity to assess the risk we face not be distorted for political gain.

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Dr. Mack Responds to Psychology Today Article

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Dear Friends/List,

I cannot comment directly on what was said in the Psychology Today article, for, like many people in this and related fields, the distortions of positions and outright misquoting is so rampant in most mainstream articles on these subjects that it is impossible to “set the record straight.” It may be unwise to give interviews at all, but there is always the hope that something useful may get across — the reporters always assure you of their openness (they may be sometimes; editors and executives is another matter). There is also the damned-if-you-do damned-if-you-don’t problem: if you give an interview you’re likely to get distorted or boxed by a twisting context; if you don’t they sometimes get downright nasty.

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Alien Concepts: An Interview with Dr. John Mack

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.”

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Aliens Among Us

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.

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The Environmental Message of the Aliens

by Robert J. Begiebing

Are we ready to admit this lesson of the Rio+5 and Kyoto environmental meetings: that we must finally give up hoping for environmental wisdom and political will from political leaders and their conferences? Perhaps we need to look elsewhere, to reconsider those visionary, religious traditions that would transform us. Certainly, by now there is a growing scientific consensus to help us along: if we value life on Earth, we must change our lives.

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Remembering the Eternal: Plato’s View of Education in Anomalous Experiences

by Michael E. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

People describing the alien encounter experience often say that they receive information of some sort, as if they were being educated about complex topics that may seem crystal clear during the experience, but that may become cloudy or may even seem trivial afterward. The topics are frequently momentous, such as impending environmental calamity, whether brought about by human behavior or by some other cause, perhaps unknown.

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Whitley Strieber Interviews John E. Mack, M.D.

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.

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A Science of Not Knowing

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Despite official skepticism and even cynicism in media, government, and scientific circles, it must be evident to many Americans that something extraordinary – at least from the standpoint of the Western worldview – is going on. No conventional explanation for the thousands of reported cases of encounters with alien beings has been sufficient, and this remains true in spite of the fact that the experiencers themselves would, with rare exceptions, welcome any explanation other than that they are being visited without their permission by humanoid creatures from another place.

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Exploring African and Other Alien Encounters

by Dominique Callimanopulos

John Mack and I were at the Ariel School, a small elementary school outside Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, listening to Elsa (not her real name) describe her encounter last September 16 [1994] with an “alien” being. In all, sixty children, ages six through twelve, reported seeing one large and several smaller “spaceships” land – hover, really – over the scrubby bushland adjoining their playground.

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The Outer Limits of the Soul

By Mark Gauvreau Judge

Increasing numbers of UFO abductees, as well as the experts who treat them, say their experiences have as much to do with inner as outer space.

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