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Alien Thinking

by Angela Hind

Not many scientists are prepared to take tales of alien abduction seriously, but John Mack, a Harvard professor who was killed in a road accident in north London last year, did. Ten years on from a row which nearly lost him his job, hundreds of people who claim they were abducted still revere him. (An article based upon a BBC Radio 4 radio program, Abduction, Alienation and Reason, originally broadcast June 8, 2005).
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Dr. Mack Responds to Psychology Today Article

by John E. Mack, M.D.

A brief response to a discussion generated by an article in Psychology Today magazine, 2003. In this response, Mack declares “The idea…that we can learn about what matters to people simply by objectifying them is wrong.”
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Messengers from the Unseen

By John E. Mack, M.D., Class of ’51

Oberlin graduate John Mack (’51) spoke at Oberlin College in 2001 on the event of his 50th class reunion. This article expands upon his presentation. Dr. Mack was surprised by the storm of criticism that came with the 1994 publication of Abduction. He has since come to understand his own naivite at the time as well as the “misty territory” his research and writing explores. He credits Oberlin for emphasizing open-mindedness and encouraging exploration in his education.
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Witnessing: Abductees as Sacred Truth-Tellers

by John E. Mack, M.D.

The scientific method has been highly successful in giving us reliable ways of knowing about the material world as we know it. But we have yet to develop methodologies that are as reliable with respect to matters that are not clearly in the objective or the subjective realms but seem to partake of both. In this paper I will consider the elements of an expanded epistemology which might help to legitimize experiences that are giving us vital information about the cosmos but which cannot be substantiated by the ways of knowing now considered reliable in Western culture.
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Dr. John Mack at the Seven Stars Bookstore

Highlights from a presentation at a favorite Cambridge book store, after the release of Passport to the Cosmos, in which Dr. Mack explains his reasons for writing a second book on the alien encounter experience.
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Integrating Extraordinary Experiences

by Roberta L. Colasanti, LICSW

PEER’s former clinical director, Roberta Colasanti, LICSW, describes stages of integration that are often seen in people who seek clinical assistance in dealing with life-long alien encounter experiences. Excerpted from remarks made at a mutidisciplinary meeting of academicians convened by PEER at the Harvard Divinity School in April 1999.
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The Alien Abduction Phenomenon: Trauma or Transformation?

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Some investigators, while acknowledging the growth-promoting aspect of the abduction phenomenon, argue that this is a by-product of the experiencer’s struggle…
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A Science of Not Knowing

by John E. Mack, M.D.

…what if the phenomenon were subtle in the sense that it may manifest in the physical world, but derive from a source which by its very nature could not provide the kind of hard evidence that would satisfy skeptics for whom reality is limited to the material?
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Studying Intrusions from the Subtle Realm: How Can We Deepen Our Knowledge?

by John E. Mack, M.D.

In the focus on the material realm to the exclusion of the subtle realms, we have virtually rid the cosmos of nature, rid nature of spirit and, in a sense, denied the existence of all life other than that which is physically observable here on Earth.
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Exploring African and Other Alien Encounters

by Dominique Callimanopulos

The Ariel School sighting is one of the most significant in recent UFO history. Even in their state of fear, many of the children reported also being curious and fascinated by the strange beings they saw, whose eyes in particular commanded an intense attention.
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NonOrdinary States of Consciousness and the Accessing of Feelings

by John E. Mack, M.D.

A review of Freud’s use of hypnosis and Stanislav Grof’s use of Holotropic Breathwork.
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The UFO Abduction Phenomenon: What Does it Mean for the Transformation of Human Consciousness?

by John E. Mack, M.D.

Presented at the International Transpersonal Association Conference on “Science, Spirituality, and the Global Crisis: Toward a World with a Future,” held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 25 June 1992.
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Why the Abduction Phenomenon Cannot Be Explained Psychiatrically

by John E. Mack, M.D.

From the proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference held at MIT, June 1992
…Even psychosocial or cultural explanations, if they were to include all of the major dimensions of the syndrome, would force us to stretch our notions of the collective unconscious to such a degree that the distinctions between psyche and world, internal and external reality, would be obliterated.
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Blowing the Western Mind

by John E. Mack, M.D.

We hear the expression “consensus reality” used to distinguish the conventional Western/Newtonian/Cartesian world view from other possible philosophies or frameworks of thought. The frequent bracketing of these words in writing and conversation implies that there is one accepted version of reality that includes a social agreement about what the mind may or may not legitimately countenance.
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