Skip to comments.Alien abductees prone to false memories - expert
Posted on 10/25/2005 11:53:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
LONDON (Reuters) - Do you have memories of being abducted by aliens and whisked away in a spaceship?You wouldn't be alone. Several thousand people worldwide claim to have had such close encounters, researchers say. But in a new study, a psychology expert at London's Goldsmiths College says these experiences are proof of the frailty of the human memory, rather than evidence of life in other galaxies.
"Maybe what we're dealing with here is false memories, and not that people are actually being abducted and taken aboard spaceships," says Professor Chris French, who surveyed 19 self-proclaimed alien abductees.
Several of the abductees reported being snatched from their beds or cars by alien creatures around four feet high, with spindly arms and legs and oversized heads, French said.
Some men said they were subjected to painful medical examinations by the aliens, during which their sperm was extracted.
Many of the alien experiences could be explained by sleep paralysis, a condition in which a person is awake and aware of the surroundings but is unable to move.
Sleep paralysis often leads to hallucinations and 40 percent of people experience the state at least once in their lives, French said.
A rich imagination was also at play. Several of the alien abductees were already prone to fantasising and also claimed to have seen ghosts and have psychic or healing abilities.
"People have very rich fantasy lives," said French, who is due to present his findings at a public seminar at London's Science Museum on Wednesday.
"So much so that they often mix up what's happening in their heads with what is going on in the real world."
There is help out there but you must identify yourself before it can be sent down from the Mother Ship.. :-}
its the probes man,they go right to your brain! :)
lol,, great episode..
sleep paralysis, a condition in which a person is awake and aware of the surroundings but is unable to move.
been there, done that , a couple times.. weirdest darn thing. the mind is a funny thing, indeed.
I think most abductees post at DU.
Just had a case of that last night actually... was a weird dream and could not move or say a thing... but felt that i was wide awake... really need to cut back on the choclate! :)
This is BS. I have experienced sleep paralysis threes times before. In a state where are your mind is awake, but your body is not and you cannot move. Not once did I hallucinate.
By the way, the key to getting out of sleep paralysis is to try to start moving your toes and then work your way your body.
Self-ping for later.
Moo moo mooooo moo mooo moo. Mooo moo moo.
"People have very rich fantasy lives, so much so that they often mix up what's happening in their heads with what is going on in the real world."
Ain't it the truth. Includes everyone except for me. ;-)
"Maybe what we're dealing with here is false memories, and not that people are actually being abducted and taken aboard spaceships,"
I have been telling that for sometime now!!!!!!!
Note to sheepish aliens:
If the bed's untucked
You must abduct.
For me it's always to go back to sleep and let myself re-awaken normally.
I've experienced the phenomenon many times in the past, and have had some very vivid experiences which I wouldn't necessarily describe as hallucinations. But when I finally came out of it, there was no doubt in my mind as to what had happened.
I have to note here, out of a spirit of pure mischief, that the evidence for 'sleep paralysis' is the same as the evidence for 'alien abduction': unsupported memory.
Well that would be good idea except when you have one of you arms locked in a very painful position between your back and the bed. In which case going back to sleep in not an option and you have to wake up your body to move your arm to a more pleasant position.
I have had that happen to me twice. Both times were no picnics.
It's a frightening thing, of that there's no doubt. I used to get it all the time when I was in my mid-twenties, but it recurs infrequently now. I had poor control of my blood sugar back then, and was told by the doctor that I was at risk to develop type 2 diabetes. The experiences would usually happen after getting up about five hours after a food or beer binge, downing a couple of glasses of water and then going back to sleep. I still can't get over the vividness of the dreams I'd have just prior to partially waking up and not being able to move. They had none of the "dream-like" quality of dreams. The surroundings were perfectly natural (usually I'd be walking around my own house with everything in its proper place) but there would be some kind of "unreal" element, like doing somersaults and backflips in slow motion in the air, as if I were weightless in outer space. Bizarre.
If you haven't been probed by Zarquon, you haven't been probed at all!
Actually I felt more annoyness and a need to stop the pain than fear.
We arrived shortly after midnight and found no one at the station. The door was open so we walked in a nd looked around. It was running on autopilot so we went back outside.
It was a BEAUTIFUL starlit night! We decided to just sit in my Renault Medallion wagon and watch the stars for awhile. Let me repeat...It was a BEAUTIFUL starlit night!
Suddenly there were beams of light all around us...then colored lights flashing red and blue! We were pretty shook up and decided to leave ASAP but when I turned the key the Renault wouldn't start! NO POWER FOR STARTER< LIGHTS OR ANYTHING! We snuggled close and waited until the lights dimmed and we thought it was safe.
She opened the passenger door, I opened the drivers door and we started pushing the car down the dirt road. It was so dark we had to feel our way about a mile down the hill.
At the bottom we intersected the main road where a single light bulb shone in a fixture outside a closed tavern. I pushed the car under the light, opened the hood, fiddled with fuses and relays and finally got the car to start.
We drove as quick as possible back to her apartment some 30 miles away. It wasn't until we were almost there that we got the radio to work and the annojncer gave a time check...it was nearly 5:30 AM. We both checked our watches and found they had stopped dead at around 1:15AM! We couldn't account for the missing time! I dropped her off and headed home.
Later we talked about the incident and came to the conclusion we had been abducted by aliens.
At least that's the story I gave my WIFE when she asked where I'd been all night. Of course I left out the part about having my friend along when I went to the station.
Hopefully Wife believed that...!
corrected headline: Alien Abductees Prone To Making Bullsh*t Up To Get Attetion.
Well, all I can say is, "Ack, ack-ack-ack, aaaACK!"
I wake up some mornings . . . well, I just feel . . . probed. There's no other explanation.
1) People are really being abducted,
2)There is a world-wide and cleverly coordinated hoax going on, or
3) There is an unrecognized and undiagnosed form of mental illness causing these delusions.
The book gives a factual presentation of the abductees reports and also covers the charlatans working them for money but in the end, it seems clear that this is a serious delusion suffered by a significant number of people
I drank some moonshine once. It was very unpleasant. I won't do it again, and I know those aliens weren't real. Some folks just have to air their hallucinations in public. Maybe they believe them, I don't know.
I hail from a planet far, far away. My purpose here on Earth is to intermingle with your people and set up abductions for my people. I am an advance man, so to speak. I work out the details, mark the abductees in a tasteful and inconspicous manner, and then I give the green light to my Mother Ship to come on in.
Technically, I am sworn by my home planet to secrecy about my mission here, but this primitive Internet forum allows me a cloak of anonymity in which I can let my hair down from time to time. My masters from the Mother Ship would be displeased if they found I was posting about this here, but I doubt they could be bothered to check up on what I do in my spare time down here.
I have already worked out the abductions of some 200 Earthlings and that includes some of the Freepers in this forum. I hope you are not angry with me. My people mean well and we are sure to return all our abductees back to Earth the way we found them (to the best of our ability). It's all in the name of science and research. So please understand that we mean no harm. Permanent harm, that is.
If anybody wants to volunteer for our research program, please Freepmail me. I'm not supposed to recruit volunteers and my people would be displeased, but it does make my job here go smoother and I have more time to goof off like I'm doing right now. If you want to volunteer, I'll just need to know your blood type, height, weight, hair color and home address. Have a Sharpie marker on hand and I'll tell you what to do with it the night of your planned abduction. You might want to schedule your abduction the night before a day off from work. Even though our tests should be mostly transparent to you, you'll probably be a bit "peaked" the next day.
Thank you and good day.
Ok it said often. It didn't say 100% of the time. I'm sure with billions inhabiting the Earth that it's possible that you could be the exception to the rule.
Is this how you knew?
Never mind, too much info.
I've never been abducted by aliens, but I have worked in western Washington. Aliens have no monopoly on bizarre processes.
What happens on the mothership stays on the mothership.
I don't usually listen to George Noory or Art Bell, but heard this author was being interviewed so we recorded the program.
NOT my fault.
Chris Knight: Was it a dream where you were standing in sort of sun-god robes on top of a pyramid, and there were hundreds of naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
Mitch Taylor: No...
Chris Knight: Why, am I the only one who has that dream?
Oh yeah. lol
How quickly we forget..
Looks like wifey and I and friends will be in Vegas next weekend, I'll pass on a microbrewery report when we get back. ;-)
DO IT. I'll expect a full report, esp. on buffets.
You'll be my "Assets on the ground".
Just last weekend I was abducted by aliens and held captive in a VFW hall on the dark side of Uranus.
You got it. I'll try and check out the Nascar refueling Bar&Grill for sure. Last visit was the Monte Carlo, they had a nice place didn't venture much farther..
Since then, I hope there are more to choose from or I can find some anyway.
I want to avoid buffets (but won't, Rio and whereever the locals eat works for me for starters). We'll probably hit a few. Good thing, I haven't been this light in years.
We're gonna be at the South end of the strip, Sahara. haven't been there in close to 6 years, missed all the biggies Mandalay Bay, Bellagio and since. should be fun.
His response was "think of it as an alien abduction, except you don't get to meet Elvis."