How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
Branch Call Number: 001.942 CLA
Characteristics: viii, 179 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-171) and index.


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Jun 23, 2019

Excellent breath of fresh air on this weird topic that doesn't deserve legs. Anyone who cares about evidence logic and truth has no choice but to conclude that alien abductions are not true. Being open minded about a topic doesn't mean giving the benefit of the doubt to wacko alien abduction claims (and Roswell!). Clancy explains how alien abduction stories give people meaning and a way to understand their own lives and circumstances and gives them a feeling that they are not alone in the universe. It's interesting to note that she points out that no matter how scary the 'contact' was for the abductee (like nasty probes into various orifices!), none of the abductees regret the experience; instead they feel 'chosen' and special. Ouch!

Apr 07, 2014

Just like rkazero's comment mentioned, she starts off with the belief that abductions probably aren't true. Clancy wanted to test the idea of people making up memories and was excited to get the task of interviewing abductees because she could assume that what they state happened to them most likely didn't happen. Her whole study is flawed and biased because of that. I gave this one star.

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