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Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens

Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens

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John E. Mack, M.D., has investigated nearly one hundred cases of alien abduction and has conducted hundreds of hours of interviews and treatment.

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He takes his clients' accounts seriously, and in Abduction he makes clear why he believes their testimony may transform the foundations of human thought as profoundly as did Copernicus's proof that the earth is not the center of the universe. Writing with the authority and insight that have been the hallmarks of his distinguished career as a psychiatrist and writer, Dr. Mack emphasizes his clients' psychological and spiritual transformations, and he illuminates the vast implications of the abduction experience for his understanding of human psychology and of our identity as a species on this planet.

Never before has a book on alien abductions included case histories from such a wide cross-section of men and women from a variety of geographic regions and economic and educational levels, who had never met one another or compared their stories. Abduction will persuade every reader with an open mind that these accounts are not hallucinations, not dreams, but real experiences. 


"It raises questions about the nature of reality; of time, space, energy and the true nature of humanness."     ~LA Times

"A groundbreaking study... Credible and thought-provoking."     ~Publishers Weekly

"Fascinating, suggestive and even inspiring."    ~NY Times

"Mack's credentials are impressive; he's a Pulitzer Prize winner and professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School's Cambridge Hospital. He has investigated 76 UFO abduction cases over the past four years and here summarizes 13 of them, also offering his scholarly comments and controversial conclusions.

These narratives involve scenarios that are sexually explicit, terrifyingly gruesome, and mind-numbingly chilling in their implications for the nature of reality. The individuals Mack portrays have experienced deeply traumatic events that have transformed their lives - for the worse at first, but ultimately for the better. According to Mack, the aliens are objectively real and seem to be abducting people for two purposes: (1) changing human consciousness to prevent the destruction of Earth's ecosystems and (2) creating offsping from aliens and humans.

What sets Mack's book apart is his willingness to deal with some of his clients' assertions that they themselves are half-human and half-alien, at least psychologically or spiritually; his acceptance that the laws of physics can be broken (many abductees claim that the aliens can 'float' them through solid objects such as doors and closed windows); his seemingly routine procedure to hypnotically regress abductees into previous incarnations; and his emphasis on spiritual transformation as the nexus of the abduction (even likening it to a shamanic expansion of consciousness).

How much you agree with all this may depend on where you're coming from to begin with. Nonetheless, Mack has shown the psychiatric community that the UFO abduction syndrome is a real problem that deserves serious clinical attention."     ~Booklist


"I was dealing with a phenomenon that I felt could not be explained psychiatrically, yet was simply not possible within the framework of the Western scientific worldview. My choices then were either to stretch and twist psychology beyond reasonable limits, overlooking aspects of the phenomenon that could not be explained psychologically, such as the physical findings, the occurrence in small children and even infants, and the association with UFOs – i.e., to keep insisting upon a psychosocial explanation consistent with the prevailing Western scientific ideology. Or, I might open to the possibility that our consensus framework of reality is too limited and that a phenomenon such as this cannot be explained within its ontological parameters. In other words, a new scientific paradigm might be necessary in order to understand what was going on."


John Edward Mack, M.D. (Oct 4, 1929 – Sep 27, 2004) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Mack was assassinated for revealing too much: 

The Boston Globe

September 29, 2004


"John E. Mack, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard Medical School professor whose research on purported extraterrestrial abductions generated widespread publicity and controversy, died Monday in an automobile accident in London. He was 74. Dr. Mack was struck by a car while crossing the street. London police pronounced him dead on the scene."

Author Mack, Dr. John E.
Book Type Mass Market Paperback
Page Count 464 pp.
Publisher Ballantine Books 1995
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