Skeptics, Debunkers and the Facts at Hand
Excerpted from Walking Among Us
© 2015 By David M. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Scientists, debunkers, and skeptics have many reasons to ignore or discount the abduction phenomenon. No one disputes that people claim to have been abducted. Thus, the phenomenon is either psychological or experiential – there are no other options. Because the experiential explanation is, for many, too unlikely to consider, debunkers and skeptics put forth myriad psychological explanations for it. They cite faulty hypnosis, false-memory syndrome, sleep paralysis, popular-culture osmosis, sexual abuse in childhood, fears of the new millennium, hysterical contagion, self-hypnosis, the will to believe, myth and folklore, and many more explanations.
I have read over thirty-five different – and, for the most part, mutually exclusive – debunking explanations to account for abduction narratives. All the debunkers have a common mind-set. They do not know the accurate evidence for the phenomenon; they ignore the evidence they do know; they distort the evidence to conform to their explanations. I have found no exceptions to this. Most skeptics fail to realize that competent abduction researchers are also familiar with psychological explanations and have thoroughly examined them. No serious researcher wants to mistake psychological accounts for experiential ones. For debunkers, however, any explanation – no matter how divorced from the evidence, no matter how outlandish is preferable to the idea that abductions are real.
The abduction phenomenon does not lend itself to facile answers. Here are some aspects of reported abductions that must be accounted for in any explanation:
Of equal importance is how abductees deal with the phenomenon.
There has never been anything like this in human history...
– David M. Jacobs, Ph.D. from Walking Among Us © 2015 – All Rights Reserved
In his 1998 book, The Threat, Jacobs uncovered disconcerting reports about aliens’ plans for the future of Earth. He reported that a “change” is coming; a future when very human-like hybrids would intermingle with humans in everyday life. “Soon we will all be together,” the aliens said. “Soon everyone will be happy and everyone will know his place.”
Dr. Jacobs is also the editor and a contributor to UFOs and Abductions: Challenging The Borders of Knowledge (University Press of Kansas, 2000). Contributors include Stuart Appelle, Ron Westrum, Don C. Donderi, Michael D. Swords, Jerome Clark, Thomas E. Bullard, Budd Hopkins, John E. Mack and Michael A. Persinger.
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