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Abduction Enigma Hardcover – 1 May 1999

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  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st Edition edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312867085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312867089
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Three researchers devoted to the study of UFOs combine taped interviews with abductees with an overview of aliens in myth and world culture to examine why these events occur.

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By A Customer on 27 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this book are not your usual CSICOP style debunkers. Dr. Cone remembered some uncanny experiences from his childhood that led him to suspect that he might be an abductee himself. Randle is the author of "Conspiracy of Silence" and several other pro-UFO books. In his autobiographical sketch Estes describes an experience he had with a "haunted house" that he apparently finds no mundane explanation for. So the authors clearly did not approach this subject with their minds already made up, and their book avoids the condescending tone that infects too many skeptical books (and which is ultimately counterproductive, since few believers are likely to be convinced by a person with an overweening know-it-all attitude).
Nevertheless, the authors are unequivocal in their conclusion that the alien abduction phenomenon is not the result of actual physical abductions but is a consequence of a complex set of social interactions, including cultural conditioning by science fiction stories and movies (and, later, "docudramas" of the abductions themselves), misinterpretation of sleep paralysis, and the unintentional creation of false memories brought about by the abduction researchers themselves. They argue their case well with a detailed look at the process of hypnotic regression, the problem of false memories, and the parallel social phenomenon of so-called Satanic Ritual Abuse.
If you're going to read one book about alien abductions, this should be it.
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Several months ago, I managed to obtain Kevin Randle's "The Abduction Enigma" at a local used bookstore and read it thoroughly. My thoughts on it are quite upsetting yet few data are interesting.

There are couple of things to point out here. I was able to finish reading Karla Turner's works, such as "Masquerade of Angels," "Into the Fringe," and "Taken." Knowing that Turner was one of the individuals was taken apart by Randle et al in this "The Abduction Enigma," I went to search where she was mentioned and I have noticed how she was 'taken apart.' Randle has used Karla's dreams from her book "Into the Fringe" to support his theory that her alien abduction was only a 'dream.'

From reading Karla's "Into the Fringe," I do not think that she wanted to believe in alien abductions. However, Randle seems to have implied that she (as well many other alien abductees) does believe in alien abductions when the 'dreams' started. Randle was stressing that alien abductions are only dreams and nothing more. I am not certain if Randle is aware of a possible theory called 'soul abductions' which might be relating to 'dream' experiences. Physical abductions are really rare, but soul abductions are known to be common. This "soul abduction" goes into detail in Laura Knight-Jadczyk's "High Strangeness."

Secondly, Randle pointed out that half of all alien abductees are homosexuals. It is an interesting theory, but his research did not reveal more details. I was looking at a specific part in the book where Randle has discussed homosexuality and there was no list of questions was being used for interviews that Randle, et al has conducted. But, I think he should have included a sort of questionnaire in order for us as readers to understand what was being asked.
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As long ago as 1965, Jacques Vallee in his book `Anatomy of a Phenomenon' commented on the blatantly unscientific reaction he perceived from many when confronted with evidence for the extraordinary, which he termed "the syndrome of resistance to the future." The process of interpretation of data which threatens the investigator's personal ideology, Vallee observed, is "to distort a set of unknown phenomena until it is recognisable by ordinary standards." Thus, explains Vallee, the qualified pilot who has a clear daylight encounter with a UAP must have seen the planet Venus, or experienced some optical illusion; and the `contactee' who has a close encounter followed by an episode of missing time must be mistaken or suffer from some mental aberration: in all cases, an explanation must be invented which confirms the debunker in his comforting personal dogma.

After so many decades it is depressing to see that Vallee's perceptive observations of the workings of the debunking mind-set are still relevant, and that the mind-set is still evidently alive and well. In this book, which claims to reveal "the truth behind the mass abductions of the late 20th century" we have the best possible textbook example of the debunker's tried-and-tested techniques in action. The result unfortunately reveals almost nothing about the phenomenon itself, but a great deal about the authors and their personal belief-systems.

`The Abduction Enigma' begins promisingly, with brief bios of the three authors in an attempt to convince the reader that what we have here are some authorities who know what they are talking about.
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