Probably Dr. John Mack (now deceased) is the the premier authority from the establishment on this topic.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Mack
He has at least one book on the topic.
It is a mind-numbing topic in its complexity.
I have heard some of the folks interviewed by Whitely Streiber (also an abductee, he claims) that if you want to see them, all you have to do is mental broadcast your sincere desire to do so. I haven't tried this yet, myself. But given how things are going on this planet, I just might.
I find this part in the article interesting: "His interest in the spiritual or transformational aspects of people's alien encounters, and his suggestion that the experience of alien contact itself may be more spiritual than physical in natureÃ¢â‚¬â€yet nonetheless realÃ¢â‚¬â€set him apart from many of his contemporaries, such as Budd Hopkins, who advocated the physical reality of aliens."
It makes sense in either case. The sense of it is the experience. However, psychologically there is no way to tell which one is which. And even then, even if your body is under constant surveillance, and you still have the experience, who is to say that the leaving and the return were observable?
Any time someone tells me this or that couldn't possibly happen, I ask them if they've ever seen a really good magic show.
If my body is under constant surveillance, but is still there while I have the experience it is clear that we are dealing with a NPMR phenomena. It doesn't detract anything from the experience, it does not make it less real, it simply is.
The experience is real. How it was done is not known by anyone but the magician. So even the most sceptical scientist experiences the demonstration of "the impossible".
The experience is real, but the source of the experience is what I am questioning.
Now compare this to someone who is claiming that they were abducted. How can you say they weren't? You don't know what the magician knows, so you can't judge the outcome in any way other than experience. Manufactured experience or not, the truth is that it was observed.
Observed yes, I have never said otherwise?
I like to watch Criss Angel work. I know I can't know how he does it unless I can figure out a way to do it myself that is just as convincing if not actually real. But I do know that his demonstrations leave me with more questions than answers. If I believe that what he does is real, so what? There is no other observation available to counter that belief. Same is true for the abductee. There is no other observation available to counter the evidence of the observation.
I have seen his work, but you cannot compare a magicians work to what an abductee tells in terms of evidence.
You don't need "other observations to counter that belief", simple logic, reason and knowledge of mind tricks and illusions are needed. You actually SEE what is going on, though you don't see everything. But with an abductee YOU SEE NOTHING, only what is being communicated through language. You are not part of the experience, but in a magic trick you are.
Personally, I have seen the ships. I don't question the abductee's claims and write it off to psychological hallucination. The possibility of their having been picked up is actually greater in my experience than millions of people having similar hallucinations. Hallucination in a normal individual is less likely than actual experience.
First, there is a big
difference from seeing ships in the sky to being abducted by them.
Secondly, I have never stated that ALL abductions are hallucinations, but some ought to be. Hell, you can have very vivid nightmare and think it was an non-internal experience.
Steve answers very well in the link RMB gave.
I have had 3 UFO experiences myself, I agree that there are both PMR and NPMR elements at work.
Once you had read further into MBT, a few concepts will help to explain the UFO phenomenon.
My thoughts are that a large part of these experiences can be explained by our consciousness processing
data from another reality frame (dimension) simultaneously with our own.
For a moment they intertwine, or overlap , like
picture in picture, from our viewpoint
.They both seem real and present in the same reality and one would be hard pressed to tell the difference that what they are experiencing is not really existing here in our PMR but a glimpse into their reality.However, these beings could be projecting themselves from their own reality, exploring and interacting if they wish
. That would explain the more non-physical type of experiences and sightings where UFO's seem to take on an ethereal form and pop in and out of our space instead of fly away. Or maybe the person or persons having the experience lose focus and the UFO suddenly vanishes. This would all seem to be explained by shifts in our consciousness awareness or the ability to parallel process two realities at the same time.
However, the other side is that if we are not the only reality but only one of many and they are all teeming with life of all kinds and no one reality is fundamental but all relative to our viewpoint, then it is not too much of a stretch of the imagination to assume we are not the only life in this reality as well."
It is all about data streams
, what you perceive is just a data input. That data input can be changed, by shifting the focus to another "channel". It seems very plausible to me, that one can get two data streams simultaneously while in the waking state, the two realities bleed through into one perceived. It doesn't mean it's not real!! The interpretation is just not perfectly accurate, the profoundness and significance of the experience is no less!
Besides, if the evidence of your experience is telling you something real is happening, and you refuse to accept it as real, then you are creating a belief of disbelief, and can expect the same disastrous results that most false beliefs lead to. Better to take it at face value and go from there, than to assume it is not so and trip over it later.
Apparently you interpreted my statement that sleep paralysis is significant in this area to "It's all hallucination". I was specifically talking about ABDUCTIONS from the bed, not seeing UFO's or in sky or over ones car. I neither believe that all abductions are hallucinations (this term is not precise in this context, internal data stream is more precise), far from.
I don't doubt that people have seen UFO's which are some kind of alien spacecraft, the data input can probably either be PMR or NPMR, per individual case.