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Alien memories leave real scares

People who say they’ve been abducted by aliens exhibit the same physiological reactions as people who have experienced more conventional kinds of trauma, a Harvard psychologist reported Sunday. He says the research provides evidence that even false memories can leave real emotional scars. However, he doesn’t expect to convince the abductees themselves that they’re wrong.

Alien abductions have become an integral element of American popular culture — due in part to television programs like “The X-Files” and the recent miniseries “Taken,” in which abductions are a common plot element. Surveys consistently indicate that about a third of all adult Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited Earth.

Harvard psychology professor Richard McNally, author of the forthcoming book “Remembering Trauma,” isn’t one of them. Indeed, he said he selected the subject for study precisely because memories of such abductions were “almost certainly false.”

The point of McNally’s research, presented here at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was to see whether the emotional impact of a false memory generated physiological signs similar to the post-traumatic stress suffered after authentic experiences. Along the way, McNally developed a profile for typical abductees.

Portrait of an alien abductee
The Harvard research team placed an ad in Boston newspapers to recruit their subjects. Most of those who responded were pranksters, but 10 people were selected as sincere reporters of abduction experiences.

McNally said the screening interviews indicated that the typical abductee:

  • Endorsed a variety of “new age” beliefs — for example, a readiness to accept psychic phenomena.
  • Scored high on a measure of absorption, or “fantasy-proneness.”
  • Described an experience similar to sleep paralysis — in which a person emerges from rapid-eye-movement sleep into a half-waking state, able to move the eyes but not much else. McNally said about 30 percent of the population has had such an experience, which has been linked to jet lag and other sleep-cycle disruptions. In addition, the early stages of a reported abduction paralleled descriptions of hypnopompic hallucinations — nightmares that intrude into the half-waking state. About 5 percent of the population have reported such experiences, McNally said.
  • May recover detailed “memories” of being subjected to medical or sexual probing on spaceships.
  • May eventually come to regard the experience as positive and spiritually enriching, even though it was terrifying at the time.

Doing the experiment 

Once the 10 abductees and eight control subjects were selected, McNally put them through a standard procedure for gauging post-traumatic stress disorder.

The abductees were asked to record their memories of a neutral, positive and stressful event from everyday life, as well as two abduction experiences. Then the abductees listened to their audiotapes while hooked up with equipment to monitor heart rate, skin conductance (which detects sweaty palms) and facial muscle tension. Separately, each member of the control group listened to an abductee’s tapes to gauge an outsider’s reaction to the same descriptions.

When they listened to accounts of their own alien encounters, the abductees exhibited the physiological signs you might expect from someone suffering post-traumatic stress: heightened heart rate, increased sweating. McNally said three of the 10 abductees showed “subclinical” signs of post-traumatic stress disorder — which other experts have said affects 5 to 15 percent of Americans.

All this led McNally to the conclusion that falsely believing you’ve been traumatized could create the same reaction as actual trauma.

“The fact that somebody shows this reaction does not prove that the event actually occurred,” he said. “What it does seem to indicate is the sincere belief in the emotional intensity of the memory, whether true or false.”

He emphasized that the abductees were not considered patients and did not require psychiatric treatment. Rather, they were all considered psychiatrically healthy.

Earthly implications

McNally said his findings, which have been submitted to a scientific journal but not yet published, could have an impact beyond “The X-Files.” For example, in child sexual abuse cases, some therapists have argued that if a child shows signs of post-traumatic stress syndrome, that serves as evidence that the child had in fact been abused — a type of claim known as “syndrome evidence.”

“I don’t think you can make that claim, based on what we found,” McNally said.

Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist at the University of California at Irvine who has conducted years of research into false-memory implantation, said McNally’s research is helpful for bringing the question of plausible vs. patently false memories into sharper focus.

“He feels pretty safe in saying these are false memories,” Loftus said. “Of course the individuals who have them don’t believe it, nor do some of their handlers, but most of us would accept that those are false memories. And most of those individuals get there in a way that’s very analogous to the way people get to believe that they were satanically abused.”

This isn’t McNally’s first brush with the UFO crowd: He was involved in another study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology last year, that concluded abductees were generally prone to create false memories.

“That caused a big uproar in the alien-abductee community. And now I was told … that they love the psychophysiology study, because they’re going to think, ‘Oh, here it is, it really happened,’” he said with a laugh. “First we’re the bad guys, now we’re the good guys. We’re just trying to do the science on this.”

He said he had no intention of deprogramming his experimental subjects, since they seemed to have transformed their negative memories into something positive.

“These individuals had embraced the identity of abductee in such a way that we felt that they were happy with it,” he said.

McNally said only one of the abductees asked detailed questions about the point of his research.

“I mentioned the sleep paralysis stuff,” he recalled, “and she crossed her arms and said, ‘You scientists need to learn how to think outside the box. There are things outside there in the universe that you really don’t know about.’

“We have no interest in disabusing them of their beliefs.”

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Discovery Channel will look for proof of alien contact on Earth in a new TV Series

The show follows investigators as they look for evidence needed to prove that extra-terrestrials have made contact with the human world.

Discovery Channel has greenlighted a series that investigates whether aliens have made contact on Earth.

The series, titled Contact, features six highly trained investigators looking to solve that mystery using “groundbreaking CIA-developed software, military special operations investigative techniques and boots-on-the-ground journalism to track down leads around the world.” Discovery says this is the “first ever global investigation to determine whether or not aliens have made contact here on Earth.”

Contact follows investigators as they look for evidence needed to prove that aliens have made contact with the human world, led by former CIA targeting officer Myke Cole and conflict analyst Dr. Michael Livingston, and featuring renowned astrophysicist and international space journalist Sarah Cruddas, former USMC special ops intel officer, Nick Karnaze, award-winning investigative journalist Paul Beban and former Green Beret intelligence sergeant Kawa Mawlayee.

The team takes what Discovery is calling a “radical, new and comprehensive approach by bringing together millions of data points, credible eye-witness accounts and declassified government reports” as investigators, for the first time, begin assembling empirical evidence such as “declassified footage of fast-moving objects, patterns in social media sightings that coincide with seismic activity or eyewitness accounts that connect to evidence from the past.”

By using state-of-the-art technology paired with social media’s unique ability to connect and share stories across the globe, investigators are able to gather intel and identify patterns like never before.

Contact premieres Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel and again on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. on Science Channel. The show also will be available on the Discovery GO app.

Contact is produced for Discovery by Karga Seven Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company. For Karga Seven, Jason Wolf, Sarah Wetherbee, Kelly McPherson and Emre Sahin serve as executive producers and Johnny Beechler as co-executive producer and showrunner. For Discovery, Bill Howard is executive producer and Paola Espinosa is coordinating producer.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Plane passengers stunned as ‘UFO splits into six pieces and vanishes in mid-air’

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Neil Murphy
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The incident was recorded out the side of the aircraft

Passenger Lucas Kim recorded the bizarre encounter as he flew from South Korea to Thailand

Lucas Kim spotted what he thought was another flight from his window

This is the stunning moment a mysterious ‘aircraft’ splits into six pieces and vanishes in full view of a shocked passenger aboard a nearby plane.

Lucas Kim was jetting to Thailand from his home in Seoul, South Korea, when he spotted what he thought was another flight from his window.

“At first I thought it was maybe another plane,” he said. “I thought it was rare to see another plane flying next to your own.

“So I took out my phone, a Huawei P9 Lite, and recorded it.”

What happened then convinced Mr Kim he’d seen something genuinely abnormal.

“When I looked closely, it was not a plane, it was six individual vehicles,” he said. “It was like a pulsating greenish-yellowish light.”

The incident was recorded out the side of the aircraft(Image: Credit: Pen News/Lucas Kim)

In Lucas’ video, the UFO is first visible as a distant, white dot beyond the wing of his Jeju Air flight.

But as he zooms in, it quickly becomes apparent that there are several points of light, moving in formation like no regular aircraft can.

Moments later they split into pairs and disappear from view.

ufo split six pieces mid air

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A close-up of the mystery aircraft

“That was the only time I have seen something like this,” said Mr Kim.

Some viewers have told Lucas that they think the mysterious presence is best explained by reflected light from his own plane’s wing – yet they’ve not convinced him.

“You can believe anything you want, but I truly think I encountered a UFO,” he said.

“The word UFO does not mean it’s 100% alien, it simply means flying objects that we don’t recognize. It might also be some crazy Russian spy plane.”

ufo split six pieces mid air

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The encounter was filmed on board a flight from South Korea to Thailand

Still, Lucas is open to the idea of extra-terrestrial life.

“I am a Christian and I’m sure God gave us all of this universe to explore,” he said.

“So I don’t think there are other thinking species like us out there, but there might be different animals on other planets.”

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Kecksburg UFO Mystery: Some call it the Roswell of the East

It was a night to remember! Brilliant vapor trail…. Something crashed, starting a fire…. Military and NASA presence…. Military truck, hauling something under cover away….

That December Night in Kecksburg

Initially, people thought they were seeing a brilliant meteorite cross the sky, but later events pointed to the very real possibility that it was a UFO.

The object left a trail of vapor that lasted more than 20 minutes and was filmed by some. Debris was found at Lapeer, Michigan which was thought to be from the object. When these later analyzed, they were pieces of aluminum foil expelled by aircraft to fool radar.

Two children were the first witnesses to the object crash and start a fire. Their mother thought it was a plane and called firefighters and state police. When she got to the scene, military personnel were already there. When the police and firefighters arrived, they were told to leave. The military said they found nothing. Later NASA personnel would arrive.

Police, newspapers, radio and TV stations in the Pittsburgh area had their phone lines jammed with calls about the strange object.

The object would be sent to Wright Patterson AFB. Project Blue Book, the part of the Air Force that dealt with UFO cases, would investigate and document the incident they dubbed Project Moon Dust. When released, the official report stated the object was a meteorite.

Kecksburg – UFO Researchers Investigate

Years later, UFOlogists investigated, among them, Stan Gordon who is an expert on UFOs and, especially the Kecksburg incident.

Several pilots said their airplanes reacted to the object as if it produced shock waves. Other witnesses reported they felt the waves and heard sonic booms.

Some of the firefighters who were within two hundred feet of the object, saw flashing blue lights and noticed treetops were broken as if a large object passed through. Witnesses reported seeing a large flatbed truck leaving the area with a sheet-covered large object aboard. A man said he saw an acorn shaped object with what appeared to be hieroglyphics on it.

A man who was part of the team that retrieved the object said he was told to shoot anyone who got too close.

Various witnesses confirmed armed solders were at the village to prevent anyone from getting near the crash site. Jerry Betters, a jazz musician from Pittsburgh, said soldiers aimed rifles at him and his friends and ordered them to leave using a back road, as an Army flat bed tractor-trailer bearing an acorn-shaped object, emerged from the field.

A prominent businessman said he and his friends, then teenagers, tried to get near the site and were stopped by armed soldiers. He was frightened because he thought he was going to be shot.

John Murphy, news director of WHJB radio in Greensburg, is believed to have been the first reporter on the scene. His former wife says that she was in radio contact with him from the site that day. He told her that he went down into the woods and saw the object.

A former Air Force security policeman was one of the men who guarded the object when it arrived at Lockbourne Air Force near Columbus, Ohio said the security was extremely tight. It was there for a short time before being taken to Wright-Patterson.

A worker from Wright-Patterson described the object as the other witnesses had. At the time of the incident, he was taken out of the building and warned not to say anything. If he did, the consequences could be fatal.

Perhaps, some day, the cloud of secrecy will be removed….

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